448 pages with over 1000 mostly colored illustrations.
Softcover with flaps, in the format 28 × 21.6 cm
Now finally also in German: The standard work on the nature, experience and energy of hip-hop and its enormous cultural and social influence. The volume contains extensive excerpts from Semtex's unprecedented collection of interviews with hip-hop artists, from the 90s to the present day, remembering the most important moments of their career, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Drake, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Nas and the Wu-Tang Clan. With specially commissioned photographs of hip-hop moments and record covers, courtesy of specialized collectors.
Infographics show the ongoing influence of the most important hip-hop artists and the changing trends that made underground culture a mainstream phenomenon. The most important events in hip-hop history are also highlighted.
Through his thematic structure and with the help of his trend-setting interviews with the most important artists in the industry, Semtex outlines the history of hip-hop: from its origins in the early 70s with DJ Kool Herc's block parties in the South Bronx, to the rise of hip-hop to a mainstream genre and the emergence of gangsta rap in the late 80s with Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy and Ice-T, to contemporary artists. Today, hip-hop is an important part of the global music industry, and artists have also developed over time into successful entrepreneurs and business people. Hip-hop has grown up.
DJ Semtex, who is considered the John Peel of hip-hop, produces 1Xtra, the most important hip-hop radio show in the UK, which takes place every Friday
Is broadcast on BBC Radio. He interviewed all the big hip-hop stars, played on all continents and was on stage with greats such as Nas, Rick Ross, Iggy Azalea and Dizzee Rascal. He was also on tour with legends such as the Wu-Tang Clan and has worked for a variety of artists, from
Macklemore to De La Soul, the show opens. DJ Semtex is an influential personality, whether on the radio, online or on stage. Currently, he also works as "Director of Artist Development" for Sony Music.
Chuck D, founder of Public Enemy, is a hip-hop giant and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a radical MC with a powerful rap style, he is one of the most respected voices in hip-hop.