Shedding light on a topic that has been maligned, journalist Soren Baker put pen to paper and started chronicling a genre of music that needs more recognition.
Take a moment to go back in time when the genre existed but barely had a name. You had such artists as Ice-T, N.W.A., Eazy-E, and others were reporting first-hand about the conditions of the streets and recorded the gritty cultural landscape of inner cities. Baker explores this territory through artists who not only talked the talk but walked the walk. In his mesmerizing book, The History of Gangster Rap (Abrams Image), fans of the culture will get the inside scoop on the life and times of some of the greatest figures in music. “Do your history. Get this book,” tweeted Ice-T.
According to the description of the book’s contents, “Sixteen detailed chapters, organized chronologically, examine the evolution of gangster rap, its main players, and the culture that created this revolutionary music. With a critical eye and insider’s perspective, Baker covers all the most important singles, albums, and projects, and reveals how their music led to the next generation of artists and the evolution of the genre. 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 book hones in on the story of the music itself. The History of Gangster Rap is the essential book that contextualizes the importance of gangster rap as a cultural phenomenon.”