Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-e, Ice Cube, And The Birth Of West Coast Rap

deBen Westhoff

16 mai 2017|
Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-e, Ice Cube, And The Birth Of West Coast Rap de Ben Westhoff
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"Raw, authoritative, and unflinching ... An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era." --Kirkus, starred review

A monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.

Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos of late 1980s Los Angeles: N.W.A. Led by a drug dealer, a glammed-up producer, and a high school kid, N.W.A gave voice to disenfranchised African Americans across the country. And they quickly redefined pop culture across the world. Their names remain as popular as ever -- Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube. Dre soon joined forces with Suge Knight to create the combustible Death Row Records, which in turn transformed Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur into superstars.

Ben Westhoff explores how this group of artists shifted the balance of hip-hop from New York to Los Angeles. He shows how N.W.A.''s shocking success lead to rivalries between members, record labels, and eventually a war between East Coast and West Coast factions. In the process, hip-hop burst into mainstream America at a time of immense social change, and became the most dominant musical movement of the last thirty years. At gangsta rap''s peak, two of its biggest names -- Tupac and Biggie Smalls -- were murdered, leaving the surviving artists to forge peace before the genre annihilated itself.

Featuring extensive investigative reporting, interviews with the principal players, and dozens of never-before-told stories,Original Gangstasis a groundbreaking addition to the history of popular music.
Ben Westhoffis an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in theGuardian, Rolling Stone, Vice, Pitchfork, and theWall Street Journal. He spent three years as the Music Editor atL.A. Weekly, and is the author ofDirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop(Chicago Review Press&...
Titre :Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-e, Ice Cube, And The Birth Of West Coast Rap
Format :Couverture souple
Dimensions de l'article :432 pages, 9 X 6.05 X 1.45 po
Dimensions à l'expédition :432 pages, 9 X 6.05 X 1.45 po
Publié le :16 mai 2017
Publié par :Hachette Books
Langue :anglais
Convient aux âges :Tous les âges
ISBN - 13 :9780316344852

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