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10 books about hip-hop

Pick up one of these featured titles on hip-hop in May 2021.

There are hundreds of books published on hip-hop. To save you time trying to find your next read, we pull together 10 of the most popular titles with updated prices for delivery to your door.

Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop (CLARKSON POTTER) by Vikki Tobak

Category: Portraits

This book was published 3 years ago by Clarkson Potter and takes approximately 9.6 hours to read.

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Promise That You Will Sing About Me: The Power and Poetry of Kendrick Lamar by Miles Marshall Lewis

Category: History & Criticism

This book was published this year by St. Martin's Press and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.

The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed by Shea Serrano

Category: History & Criticism

This book was published 6 years ago by Harry N. Abrams and takes approximately 8.0 hours to read.

The History of Hip Hop (1) by Eric Reese

Category: History & Criticism

This book was published 2 years ago by Eric Reese and takes approximately 3.7 hours to read.

The History of Gangster Rap: From Schoolly D to Kendrick Lamar by Soren Baker

Category: History & Criticism

This book was published 3 years ago by Harry N. Abrams and takes approximately 10.1 hours to read.

The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

Category: Photography & Video

This book was published 12 years ago by MTV Books and takes approximately 5.9 hours to read.

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation (PICADOR USA) by Jeff Chang

Category: History & Criticism

This book was published 16 years ago by Picador and takes approximately 18.2 hours to read.

The Tao of Wu by The RZA

Category: Rap

This book was published 11 years ago by Riverhead Books and takes approximately 7.5 hours to read.

Damn Son Where Did You Find This?: A Book about US Hiphop Mixtape Cover Art by Tobias Hansson

Category: Rap

This book was published 4 years ago by Koenig Books and takes approximately 4.9 hours to read.

The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle by Rob Kenner

Category: Arts & Literature

This book was published this year by Atria Books and takes approximately 14.9 hours to read.

We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.

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