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release date: Nov 19, 2017
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Financial Freedom: My Only Hope

Many people work hard all their lives scrimping and saving in order to achieve the American dream of financial freedom. The unfortunate reality, however, is that success is fleeting, and debt, loss, and corruption are all too common. Whether unemployed, underemployed, or still trying to climb the corporate ladder, we’re all plagued by money worries—unless we’re in the 1 percent.



The truth is that we’re all players in the “game of money.” Only those who know how to watch the game, identify the levels, and bend the rules can gain the upper hand. In this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll discover how the economic deck is stacked and how to use proven strategies to turn the game in your favor.



You’ll need to review the basic structure of banks and the overall financial system before progressing to formulas that will bolster your personal finances. Many believe finding their revenue niche is the answer. It’s not! This text exposes that myth and reveals the multiple streams of income—ordinary, portfolio, and passive—necessary for economic mobility. Learn how to take on new business ventures like an entrepreneur and protect your assets like a multimillionaire. Master the game, and finally achieve long-lasting wealth!

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release date: Jan 09, 2018
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The Prosperous Hip Hop Producer: My Beat-Making Journey from My Grandma's Patio to a Six-Figure Business (The Prosperous Series) (Volume 2)
“Music is simply the soul boiling over into sound. When you produce with this in mind, there is no way you'll ever miss the mark.”

Curtiss King: Producer. Rapper. Mentor to thousands of aspiring artists and entrepreneurs through his YouTube channel. His production credits include Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, E-40 and MURS, and giants like MTV, VH1, and VANS.

But once upon a time Curtiss was broke, struggling—and crafting beats on a video game console on his grandma’s patio. The Prosperous Hip Hop Producer charts his rollercoaster ride to success from these humble beginnings. From beat battles to Top Dawg Entertainment, from empty pockets to a six-figure business, The Prosperous Hip Hop Producer is the story of a dedicated artist who risked all he had—and succeeded. Along the way we get cameos from the likes of DJ Battlecat, Ab-Soul, and Dibia$e, and insights into how successful artists and labels operate in the real world.

Practical, inspirational, and motivational, The Prosperous Hip Hop Producer does more than share the story of a successful artist—it sets you on the road to becoming one yourself.

release date: Oct 10, 2017
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Hip-Hop Alphabet

Yo Gabba Gabba! meets Yo! MTV Raps in this lively and educational book for young children learning the alphabet—and their hip-hop–loving parents.

Take a wondrous alphabetical journey through the glorious history of hip-hop in this kid-friendly introduction to the music that defined a generation. Featuring clever rhymes and graffiti-style drawings by legendary artist Mr. Kaves, Hip-Hop Alphabetuses the twenty-six letters of the alphabet to educate kids about classic icons (LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, and Jay-Z), as well as essential elements of the music and culture (DJs, microphones, and turntables). Learn the ABCs with a beat!

Howie Abrams is a former music business executive turned author. He co-authored Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. from Bad Brains and The Merciless Book of Metal Lists. He co-hosts a weekly radio show on East Village Radio called Merciless with rapper Ill Bill.

Michael "Mr. Kaves" McLeer is a legendary graffiti artist and the author of Skin Graf: Masters of Graffiti Tattoo. He has created logos and graphics for world-renowned artists such as the Beastie Boys and Metallica. He is an MC in the hip-hop/rock group Lordz of Brooklyn.

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels is one of the founders of the groundbreaking rap group Run-DMC, which has sold more than thirty million singles and albums worldwide. He is the author of King of Rock.

release date: Feb 08, 2011
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Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey
The ultimate coffee-table book created for all generations of fans. This colossal 420 page leather-bound collection includes hundreds of poster-sized photographs, exclusive testimonials from your favorite DJs, MCs, Graffiti Artists, B-Boys and Producers plus unique profiles of iconic game changers written by Hip-Hop's most respected journalists and authors Powerful Writing Over 250 original essays, profiles and testimonials written by Hip-Hop's top journalists, authors, MC's, DJ's, B-Boys, graf artists and producers covering all aspects of the culture and profiling 40 Icons who changed the game. 30 authors (essay writers) include: Gabriel Alvarez, Dave Bry, Ayana Byrd, Dan Charnas, Cheo Hodari Coker, Andréa Duncan-Mao, Thomas Golianopoulos, Karen R. Good, Ernest Hardy, Monica Herrera, Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, Clover Hope, Todd Inoue, Billy Johnson, Jr., Toshitaka Kondo, Daniel Liszt, Rebecca Louie, Miles Marshall Lewis, “Chairman” Jefferson Mao, Kierna Mayo, Andrew Parks, Marcus Reeves, Carlito Rodriguez, Celia San Miguel, Corey Takahashi, Greg Tate, Dave Tompkins, Oliver Wang, Christopher R. Weingarten, and Jeff Weiss.Incredible Images Features hundreds of powerful images compiled by key eyewitnesses to the Culture, including one-of-a-kind Polaroid portraits captured by celebrated photographer Jonathan Mannion.The Ultimate Guide Hip-Hop Essentials lists of the hottest 100 singles and albums from each of Hip-Hop's four decades. PLUS an exclusive 4'x18” gatefold illustration by Mike Thompson, celebrating the four elements of Hip-Hop
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release date: Oct 02, 2018
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The History of Gangster Rap: From Schoolly D to Kendrick Lamar
The History of Gangster Rap is a deep dive into one of the most fascinating subgenres of any music category to date. Sixteen detailed chapters, organized chronologically, examine the evolution of gangster rap, its main players, and the culture that created this revolutionary music. From still-swirling conspiracy theories about the murders of Biggie and Tupac to the release of the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, the era of gangster rap is one that fascinates music junkies and remains at the forefront of pop culture. Filled with interviews with key players such as Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, and dozens more, as well as sidebars, breakout bios of notorious characters, lists, charts, and more, The History of Gangster Rap is the be-all-end-all book that contextualizes the importance of gangster rap as a cultural phenomenon.
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release date: Aug 31, 2017
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Hip-Hop Tales: From Humpty Dance to Blondie Locks
"Hip-Hop Tales" poetically contextualizes the Bay Area's place in Hip-Hop history with critical documentation of the Bay's "Golden Era" Hip-Hop scene,including intimate experiences with artists,journalists,D.J.'s and promoters like Digital Underground,Tupac Shakur,Too $hort,Saafir and Hobo Junction,Danyel Smith,Al Haymon,Chuck Johnson,Master Zi and many more. It delves into Bay Area Hip-Hop history while documenting what it was like traveling around the world behind the scenes working on many large-scale music tours,being the personal assistant of an iconic child star,and moving back and forth,to and from the U.S. Virgin Islands.
From the former management team of Bay Area's legendary groups Digital Underground (Digital Underground discovered cultural icon Tupac Shakur),Raw Fusion,Saafir,The Whoridas and Capital Tax, N.J. Sleuth's "Hip-Hop Tales" seeks to give a window into what it was like for a small town boy to have a 15-year opportunity to play his humble part in the making of Hip-Hop history.

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release date: Sep 25, 2018
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Rap Dad: A Story of Family and the Subculture That Shaped a Generation
A timely reflection on identity in America, exploring the intersection of fatherhood, race, and hip-hop culture.

Just as his music career was taking off, Juan Vidal received life-changing news: he’d soon be a father. Throughout his life, neglectful men were the rule—his own dad struggled with drug addiction and infidelity—a cycle that, inevitably, wrought Vidal with insecurity. At age twenty-six, with only a bare grip on life, what lessons could he possibly offer a kid? Determined to alter the course for his child, Vidal did what he’d always done when confronted with life’s challenges. He turned to the counterculture.

“The counterculture took the place of a father I could no longer touch. Since things like school and church couldn’t get through to me, I was being trained up outside of organized institutions. What I gravitated to were these movements that not only felt redeeming, but also freeing. They were almost everything I needed.”

In Rap Dad, the musician-turned-journalist takes a thoughtful and inventive approach to exploring identity and examining how we view fatherhood in a modern context. To root out the source of his fears around parenting, Vidal revisits the flash points of his juvenescence, a feat that transports him, a first-generation American born to Colombian parents, back to the drug-fueled streets of 1980s–90s Miami. It’s during those pivotal years that he’s drawn to skateboarding, graffiti, and the music of rebellion: hip-hop. As he looks to the past for answers, he infuses his personal story with rap lyrics and interviews with some of pop culture’s most compelling voices—plenty of whom have proven to be some of society’s best, albeit nontraditional, dads. Along the way, Vidal confronts the unfair stereotypes that taint urban men—especially Black and Latino men—in today’s society.

An illuminating journey of discovery, Rap Dad is a striking portrait of modern fatherhood that is as much political as it is entertaining, personal as it is representative, and challenging as it is revealing.
release date: Dec 15, 2015
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Spring Forward: Aspire to Inspire

Spring Forward is a collection of photographs, artwork, and writings by Erick Elliott. Elliott is the producer and member of the Brooklyn based hip hop group the Flatbush Zombies, an artist, and photographer. In commenting on Spring Forward, Elliott notes, “I’ve worked on this book subconsciously (all of my life), but it was an intense process that spread across a time span of about 4 years. In hopes of bringing hope to those who are hopeless, the ultimate goal of Spring Forward was to transcend through ego and exist on its own.” Elliott is a prolific photographer and artist. He continues to enlighten the world with his unique art and intriguing photographs.

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release date: Nov 24, 2014
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The Art Album: : Exploring the Connection Between Hip-Hop Music and Visual Art
What do Russell Simmons, Shepard Fairey, and Jay-Z, have in common, besides being some of the most respected influential people in the world? They felt the need to come together to represent their art for the sake of the book, "The Art Album." When you think of contemporary art, what comes to mind? Pablo Picasso? How about Kehinde Wiley and Eminem? What if the biggest names in music and visual art could come together to tell you firsthand what they meant in their most popular work in recent years, as you count down to who is the hottest right now? As an art student, how incredible would it be if you could have the opportunity to have your work published alongside the most monumental artists of today? Author Dawud Knuckles puts together a groundbreaking art book, with Russell Simmons as the host, in collaboration with prominent visual and recording artists, and with contributions from art students across the country, called "The Art Album." The objective of the project is to showcase the art behind the lyrics of hip-hop in juxtaposition of similar themes in contemporary art, to encourage readers to consider the meaning and value behind these works and themes ad large. Take all of these elements and put them into a book full of personality. 'The Art Album' is an illustrated book celebrating the long-standing relationship between the visual arts and hip-hop music, and is the result of a collaboration between two giants of the American music scene. Dawud Knuckles is a veteran of the record industry in America. In the 1990s, his friends founded the hip-hop record label Ruff Ryders, with whom he worked for many years as a videographer. He has subsequently worked with many recording artists on interviews, special projects, tours, and documentaries for Ruff Ryders. Through his career in the music industry, Dawud has made many influential contacts, including Russell and Danny Simmons, who is contributing to the book. The Simmons insightfully explores the themes of a selection of songs and how the subculture of hip-hop relates to, and has influenced contemporary art. Each chapter of the book will have a theme- for example, the theme of one chapter will be New York, and the title of the chapter will be 'Empire State of Mind'- Jay-Z's epic single which peaked within the top in 10 in 10 countries in 2009. Lyrics from the song will be presented beside contemporary art inspired by New York, an exclusive commentary from Russell and Danny Simmons (celebrated artist and philanthropist), and a contextualizing text from legendary writer and activist Nikki Giovanni, as well as other academics. This concept of presenting songs, art, and interviews alongside each other will offer an incomparable insight into the influence that hip-hop has on contemporary culture, and the unrivaled significance that this subculture has risen to. This collaboration between so many big names in music, art and academia is a unique project.
release date: Mar 10, 2016
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Hip Hop DJs and the Evolution of Technology: Cultural Exchange, Innovation, and Democratization (Popular Culture and Everyday Life Book 27)
Using interviews with world-renowned and innovative hip-hop DJs, as well as technology manufacturers that cater to the market/culture, this book reveals stories behind some of the iconic DJ technologies that have helped shape the history and culture of DJing. More importantly, it explores how DJs have impacted the evolution of technology. By looking at the networks of innovation behind DJ technologies, this book problematizes the notion of the individual genius and the concept of invention. Developing a theory of «technocultural synergism,» this book attempts to detail the relationship between culture and industry through the manipulation, exchange, and rights associated with intellectual property. While the subject of hip-hop and intellectual property has already been well explored, this is the first time that hip-hop DJs have been conceptualized as intellectual property because of their role in the R&D and branding of DJ products. The book also addresses the impact of digital technology on the democratization of DJ culture, as well as how new digital DJ technology has affected the recorded music market.
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