Don't Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin'

Don't Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin'

The Authorized Story of Public Enemy

Book - 2008 | 1st American ed
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Russell Myrie's Don't Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin' is the first authorized biography of Public Enemy, the foremost hip-hop group of all time. With unprecedented access to the group, Myrie has conducted extensive interviews with Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X, Professor Griff, and the Shocklee Brothers, along with many others who form a part of Public Enemy's legacy. Beginning with the group's inception on Long Island and working up to the present day, Myrie writes with in-depth detail about the making of each seminal album, including It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their multimillion selling album, Fear of a Black Planet . Myrie delves into the controversy sparked by Professor Griff's alleged anti- Semitic remarks, the complexities of PE's relationship with the Nation of Islam, the group's huge crossover appeal with white and alternative music audiences in the early nineties, and finally the strange circumstances of Flavor Flav's re-emergence on reality TV with shows such as The Surreal Life and Flavor of Love . A rare behind-the-music look at the group that fought the power, terrorized the music industry, and was crucial to the development of the hip-hop music phenomenon.
Publisher: New York : Canongate Books, 2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781847671820
1847671829
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 PUBLIC ENEMY
Characteristics: 266 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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DavidB
May 31, 2009

A book about the emergence of the hip-hop group Public Enemy aswell as the genre of Rap for those who nothing about Rap.

It's written by a devoted fan and connoisseur of hip-hop so it's objectivity and critical value is unclear. It's an authorized biography so it's hard to know how hard hitting this is but it's insightful. It chronicles the rise of raps preeminent group, much of what was happening behing the sceens and in the world around them.

The book calls rap the most important genre to imerge from the last quarter of the twentieth century. Whether or not you like it, the medium is here to stay. This book is best read listening to the music as they mention it to better understand what PE is all about. Even go to Youtube while reading it if you have to.

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DavidB
May 31, 2009

When it comes to politics and protest songs Public Enemy are the most respected hip-hop group and Chuck D it's most respected intellectual. Those who tire of the more hedonistic, materialistic stance, which much of the more of the more commercially successful hip-hop has taken, constantly look to Chuck and Public Enemy as the ideal of what rap music can do for the black community and race relations in general. Public Enemy are among the first hip-hop group who have enjoyed long fruitful careers. They are a band who cannot be ignored.

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