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Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap

Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Westhoff, Ben

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In the late 80s, a group of high school dropouts, drug dealers, and ex-cons spoke out against racial injustice and police brutality. They did it through hip-hop. Their explosive popularity put their Los Angeles neighborhood of Compton on the map. They gave a voice to disenfranchi...sed African Americans across the country. And they quickly redefined pop culture across the world. Their names remain as popular as ever--Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur. Music journalist Ben Westhoff shows how this group of artists shifted the balance of hip-hop from New York to Los Angeles. He shows how N.W.A.'s shocking success lead to rivalries between members, record labels, and eventually an all-out war between East Coast and West Coast rappers. In the process, hip-hop burst into mainstream America at a time of immense social change, and became the most dominant musical movement of the last thirty years. At gangsta rap's peak, two of its biggest names--Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls--would be murdered, and the surviving superstars would have to make peace before their music collapsed in its own violence. Exhaustively reported and masterfully written, ORIGINAL GANGSTAS is a monumental work of music history that will offer news-making stories about a legendary group of artists, some living, some dead.
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ISBN 9780316344852
Released AU 13 Jun 2017
Publisher Little, Brown
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Availability
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ISBN-13 9780316344852
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Little, Brown
Imprint Hachette Books
Released 13 Jun 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Westhoff, Ben
Category Rap & Hip-Hop Music
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 229mm
Height: 156mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 782.421649
Weight 450g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Rap (Music), Rap musicians, Hip-hop, Rap musicians - California - Los Angeles, Biographies
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text General/trade

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