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Hip Hop Raised Me®

DJ Semtex


The definitive volume on the essence, experience and energy that is hip-hop and its massive and enduring impact over the last forty years

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In Hip Hop Raised Me.®, updated for 2018, DJ Semtex examines the crucial role of hip-hop in society today, and reflects on the huge influence it has had on his own life, and the lives of many others, filling in the gaps of education that school left behind, providing inspiration and purpose to generation after generation of disaffected youths.

Taking a thematic approach and featuring seminal interviews he has conducted with key hip-hop artists, Semtex traces the characteristics and influence of hip-hop from its origins in the early 1970s with DJ Kool Herc’s Block parties in the South Bronx, through its breakthrough to the mainstream and the advent of gangsta rap in the late 1980s, with artists such as Run DMC, Public Enemy and Ice T, to the impact of contemporary artists and the global industry that is hip-hop today. Hip-hop artists have gone from hustlers to successful entrepreneurs and businessmen. Hip-hop has come of age.

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'DJ Semtex has nailed this'

'This book is worth bread'

'This is an Illmatic book … a hip-hop bible'
Ghostface Killah

'Amazing – buying immediately'
Chase & Status

'This is a time capsule'
DJ Green Lantern

'The pictures tell a thousand words'
Salaam Remi

'Big up DJ Semtex'
Rag ’N’ Bone Man

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Updated Compact Edition

Size: 27.7 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 448 pp

Publication date: 30 August 2018

ISBN: 9780500293959

Contents List

Foreword: Chuck D • Preface: Hip-hop Raised Me: Semtex’s story • 1. The Foundation Stones of Hip Hop • 2. The Mis-Education • 3. The Evolution of the Mixtape • 4. The Purple Period • 5. Fuck the Police? • 6. Divided Loyalties • 7. The DJ is Dead, Long Live the DJ • 8. Family First • 9. Before the Deal • 10. Obama Nation • 11. Tragedy to Triumph • 12. Wild Style • 13. The Home Invasion

About the Author

DJ Semtex hosts the UK’s premiere hip-hop show on BBC Radio 1Xtra every Friday, and is currently the Director of Artist Development at Sony Music.

List of Contributors

Chuck D

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