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One Nation Under a Groove: Rap Music and Its Roots Hardcover – December 1, 2000

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Gr 4-9-While a number of books look at the current popularity of rap music, Haskins focuses on its roots and evolution, giving readers a real sense of how it is part of a long history of social commentary through art. He discusses the place of women in rap, and also how it has transcended its roots in urban African-American culture to become a worldwide phenomenon. This well-researched account goes well beyond the standard secondary sources that are the fodder for much current nonfiction. The book's quotations are meticulously sourced, but the way they are integrated into the text makes the text seem more like a dissertation than an entertaining read. Many of the quotes provide a scholarly perspective and seem a bit beyond the interest level of the intended audience. That said, this book is well designed, though without enough photographs. Many of the photos that do appear are integrated into the text without traditional borders, which is a nice visual touch. Rap lyrics are included in a hip typewriter font. Besides the footnotes, there is an extensive and helpful bibliography that includes Web addresses, and a substantial index as well. A competent, up-to-date resource that will be primarily useful for reports.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jump At The Sun (December 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786804785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786824144
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is definately written for pre-teens and teens, I found it extremely helpful. As an English teacher, I'm constantly trying to find new ways to reach my students. What better way than rap? And what better way to encourage students to think more about the world around them than a book that describes for them the history of rap music. (No, it didn't start in the 1970s)
For students, you will find information on present day rappers such as Eminem and Tupac Shakur. Queen Latifah and Lauryn Hill are also mentioned. Read this book!
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