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The Hip Hop Generation: The Crisis in...

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.86 x 8.54 x 5.76
  • Publisher: Basic Civitas Books; ISBN: 0465029787; (April 16, 2002)
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This Rastafarian, rhyme-spitting martial arts expert fills the void left by Jeru the Damaja's near disappearance from the rap game with this follow-up to Body of the Life Force. Unlike a large chunk of today's crassly commercial emcees, Afu-Ra makes very few rhyme references to cars, cash, and Coogi sweaters. M.O.P. bring the pain on "Crossfire," while '80s stalwarts Big Daddy Kane and Teena Marie come along for the ride.

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by El-P
Eminem notwithstanding, El-P is one of the few Caucasian emcees that has made an appreciable popular impact. The beats on Fantastic Damage are grimy and gully (peep "Dr. Hellno and the Praying Mantis") and the lyrics are equally dark and disturbing (on "Stepfather Factory," El-P pens autobiographical sci-fi rhymes about abusive stepfathers). The Def Jux apocalypse is now.

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Come Home with Me [EXPLICIT LYRICS]    Icon
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The Roc-a-Fella clique dominates hip-hop, so why not sign the rap game's most talented free agent? New label signee Cam'ron rips on his collaboration with Jay-Z ("Welcome to New York"), while "The Roc" features label mates Memphis Bleek and Beanie Sigel flipping gully rhymes over thumpin' beats by Kanye West, Just Blaze, and DR Period.

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