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And It Don't Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years Paperback – September 9, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st edition (September 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571211593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571211593
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hip-hop music not only gave birth to new directions in American culture, it also reformulated cultural journalism. In this collection of 29 articles and essays, editor Cepeda chronicles the growth of hip-hop music and journalism. The collection (which includes contributions by Nelson George, Cheo Hodari Coker, Joan Morgan, Toure, and Greg Tate) begins by chronicling the early days of hip-hop culture in the South Bronx when break-dancers, graffiti artists, and deejays contributed to the atmospherics. The collection also examines the essential role of these writers (and their publications, including Vibe and Rap Sheet) in explaining and popularizing hip-hop, the strained relationships between writers and artists, the conflicts, and the occasional crossover. The book is divided into decades: the 1980s examines early efforts to report on hip-hop; the 1990s, when hip-hop journalism shifted to critical analysis while mainstream reporting focused on the "Benjamins"; and the 2000s, with widespread use of hip-hop music and images in everything from fashion to fast-food jingles. This is an important look at an energetic, inventive culture and the writers who have covered it. Vanessa Bush
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"Hip Hop is the voice of the communtity and its child, Hip Hop journalism, adds a new element to the mix in another medium that goes way beyond the music industry to become a true organ of news. And It Don’t Stop is essential reading. It captures the extraordinary eruptions of word, image and sound that Hip Hop inspired and, in itself, continues the process of self-definition and community empowerment that has characterized the movement from the earliest days to the present. Raquel Cepeda knew how to pick them. The articles she has chosen are a distillation of the significant events, personalities, conflicts and philosophies that together shape the revolutionary impact of Hip Hop on the world." --Henry Chalfant, co-author of Spray Can Art

"An irresistible compilation of the most stylish prose and revelatory interviews of the last twenty-five years on Hip Hop, And It Don't Stop is required reading for any serious devotee of contemporary urban culture. Raquel Cepeda places Hip Hop journalism in a historical framework: we not only discover how writing styles have changed over the years, but we also learn how the stakes in writing about Hip Hop have transformed alongside the music and culture. It's a glorious reminder of how influential journalists have been, and continue to be, in helping to shape and create this thing we call Hip Hop." --Jason King, Associate Chair, The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, New York University

"And It Don't Stop is long overdue. Boom! Like powerful shots from the cannon. Rock shocking, in the place to be! The writers in this collection, like Kierna Mayo, dream hampton, Raquel Cepeda, Bill Adler, and Sacha Jenkins are some of the most brilliant writers--hip hop or not--of the last twenty-five years. I welcome this book." -- Bobbito Garcia, DJ, basketball performer, author of Where D'You Get Those? New York City's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987

"Raquel Cepeda has finally done justice to the mother-wit, social power, and visceral passion of hip-hop journalism. Here's an indispensable collection of pioneering, bold, visionary and cautionary writing, a must-have for anyone who loves this culture." --Jeff Chang, author Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

"At their best, popular culture journalists give us an insightful, ground-level, up-close view. That’s what we’ve got here. This is some of the best journalism on hip hop over the past 25 years--a valuable collection for hip hop students, fans and nostalgic observers alike." --Tricia Rose, author of Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America

"Once in a while a book comes along that commands attention. And It Don't Stop is hip hop defined by its generations' best writers and observers, an absolute must have--definite satisfaction" --Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, The Roots

"And It Don't Stop features snapshots of some of hip hop's finest moments by the generation's greatest thinkers. Raquel Cepeda did an excellent job at framing it like it was and is. This is a must-have for those who have defined as well as those who are curious about the culture." --Russell Simmons, producer, activist, founder of Def Jam Records

"Whatever one's feelings about 'hip hop nation,' it certainly has given rise to vibrant journalism. Thanks to Raquel Cepeda for collecting it in this important new book." --Henry Louis Gates, Jr

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A. Escobar on February 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
And it Don't Stop gave beautiful insight into the hip hop culture in this country through the articles written by multiple journalists.
And it Don't Stop by Raquel Capeda is a compilation of the best hip hop journalism of the last twenty five years. This compilation brought together many different articles in such a way that it outlined the major events of hip hops rise to power as a super power of music in this country. The articles were great; they caught the spirit and personality of the hip hop culture very well. The major theme of the book was to educate people on the culture of hip hop. The book accomplished this by creating a timeline of events that led to the rise hip hop as the leading music force in our country today. One thing I liked about this book was the different opinions and writing styles that were showcased thanks to the assemblage of news clippings and magazine articles. The thing I didn't like about the book was the lack of connection between the chapters. This made the book hard to follow because the chapters were not all interconnected and there were many characters mentioned only once and others were randomly placed throughout the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is intrigued by the hip hop and nation and where it came from. I wondered for a long time how this genre came to pass, who the entrepreneurs were, and where they came from. This book gave a great insight into this culture and greatly showed the importance that hip hop has had on America. The crux of the book is hard to pinpoint because the articles all had there on own points and there were many portions of the book that perfectly give insight into the culture.
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By Marcela Landres on September 13, 2011
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A definitive and ardent collection documenting hip-hop from its inception as an art form partially birthed and nurtured by Latinos in the Bronx to its domination of world culture.
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By BG on January 30, 2013
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this book was an amazing read with intellectual insights on hip hop as a whole. definately suggest this read its worth every penny
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