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25 Volume Set

72 pages
ISBN 978-1-4222-0108-4
Dewey Decimal #: 700,900
7.25" x 9.25"

TWEEN-AGERS and UP


This Hot, New, Revised Series tells the stories of the "MOVERS & SHAKERS" in the Multi-Billion Dollar Hip-Hop Industry with the intent to make reading fun and educational at the same time. A Short History of the Roots, Rise, and Current Status of each artist is given with many full-color engaging photographs of the personalities at different stages of their lives in each book. The Series was created to improve the literacy skills and academic grades of young readers and is supported by our "Read 2 Succeed through Hip-Hop" Project, with an "educational curriculum" for teachers and parents to test students for reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, etc. Prizes, Scholarships, Grants, Tutors, Mentors, Meet & Greet opportunities with Stars and other incentives are offered to Book Club Members.
For info send an email to Hiphopbooks@yahoo.com.


Alicia Keys
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0120-6




With multiple Grammys, Soul Train Awards, and Billboard Music Awards (among many others) under her belt, Alicia Keys is one of the most successful and most popular artists today. Alicia Keys tells the story of this classically trained musician who has helped make hip-hop and R&B music popular in the mainstream across class, gender, and age barriers. Readers will also...

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Ashanti
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0111-4




She's won a Grammy Award, a Teen Choice Award, American Music Awards, Lady of Soul Awards, Soul Train Awards, and the NAACP Image Award. Though loved by millions of fans, Ashanti has found the road to critical respect difficult. In Ashanti, readers can follow her on her journey to acceptance.Ashanti has spread her wings in the acting world, and...

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Beyonce
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0112-1




Beyonce tells the story of Beyonce Knowles, an enormously talented Texan who grew up to earn an ASCAP Award, MTV Europe Award, MTV Award, a Brit Award, and a Black Reel Award . . . and become one of the world's best-known and most recognizable singers. Readers will trace her career from the group Girls Tyme to Destiny's Child...

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Chris Brown
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0177-0




One of the hottest names on the music scene today isn't even old enough to vote. He's closer in age to his fans than to his fellow performers. Yet in his very short career, Chris Brown has already received an NAACP Image Award and a Soul Train Music Award. Chris Brown tells the story of this young artist's meteoric...

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Dr. Dre
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0116-9




Unlike many young people who grew up on the hard streets of Compton, California, Andre Young was drawn to music, not gang life. As a teenager, his services as a DJ were much in demand. After taking the name Dr. Dre, he joined the rap group N.W.A., which made hip-hop history when it released the controversial album Straight Outta...

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Eminem
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0118-3




Today, Eminem is one of the most popular and influential hip-hop artists in the world. His records have sold millions of copies worldwide, and his videos have captured attention from almost every generation. Eminem starred in the hit movie 8 Mile and won an Academy Award for his music from the film.Eminem's rise to fame was not easy. He...

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50 Cent
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0110-7




Born amid poverty and crime on the hard streets of South Jamaica in New York City, Curtis James Jackson III started dealing drugs by the age of 11. He was arrested twice and saw little in his future but violence and prison. To forge a better life, he turned to rap. Under the guidance of MC Jam Master Jay,...

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Hip-Hop: A Short History
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0109-1




Cutting? Scratching? Mixing? What do these have to do with music? In hip-hop, everything. Hip-Hop: A Short History tells the story of how a movement that began in the neighborhoods of the Bronx, New York, grew to become a major musical, cultural, political, and philanthropic force all over the world.Learn how slavery and the civil rights movement helped lead...

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Jay-Z
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0119-0




From his humble beginnings as a drug dealer in the impoverished housing projects of Brooklyn, Jay-Z has become a multi-millionaire and hip-hop icon. Since his debut album was released in 1996, Jay has had the full attention of the hip-hop community, releasing platinum albums with astonishing consistency. He struggled to get a recording contract in the mid-1990s, but a...

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Kanye West
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0132-9




He's an award-winning record producer, and as a recording artist, Kanye West has won Billboard awards, Grammys, BET Awards, Mobo Awards, MTV awards, and NAACP awards. He's also been awarded much criticism and controversy. Readers will learn about both in Kanye West. Never one to be called shy, Kanye West doesn't hesitate to let people know what he thinks, and...

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LL Cool J
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0121-3




"My name is Cool J, I devastate the show." Many younger fans of hip-hop were not alive to hear that boast when it first played on tape decks in 1985, the year LL Cool J released his debut album. Yet, they know the statement is true, because today, over two decades later, this hip-hop star is still devastating the...

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Ludacris
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0122-0




Ludacris tells the story of hip-hop superstar Chris Bridges "Ludacris," holder of a degree in music management, winner of a BET Award, Prism Award, MTV Music Award, and a Grammy Award. The controversial star is credited with bringing the hip-hop style of Dirty South into the mainstream.But his awards don't stop with the music industry. He also is the...

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Mariah Carey
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0114-5




Her musical talents have brought Mariah Carey Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards, BMI Awards, Soul Train Awards, MTV Awards, Vibe Awards, and even an Academy Award. Her humanitarianism brought the Horizon Award, the NAACP Image Award, and a special award from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, among others. Mariah Carey takes readers along on the artist's climb up the musical mountain. The...

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Mary J. Blige
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0113-8




She's influenced such superstars as Ashanti and Alicia Keys-and Mary J. Blige is a megastar herself. But the road to the top was not an easy one for this winner of a Grammy, multiple American Music Awards, a BET Award, and a Billboard Music Award.Mary J. Blige tells the story of this influential-and extremely talented-music legend. A difficult childhood...

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Missy Elliot
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0117-6




Best-selling female hip-hop artist and multiple Grammy Award winner Missy Elliott overcame poverty and the trauma of sexual abuse to achieve fame and fortune. Today, she dominates the music industry as a visionary recording artist and performer, as well as a talented songwriter and producer. In her collaborations and compositions, Missy has created hits for some of music's most...

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Nelly
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0123-7




How does a high school dropout and a former drug dealer turn his life around to win multiple Grammys, Soul Train Awards, Source Awards, BET Awards, and MTV Awards? Find out in Nelly.Readers will learn how a childhood spent in a broken home, surrounded by poverty and crime, couldn't stop the superstar from realizing his dreams. Nelly found the...

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Notorious B.I.G.
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0124-4




Growing up in Brooklyn, Christopher Wallace was a bright young man who dreamed of becoming a rap artist. When rap music producer Sean "Puffy" Combs heard one of Wallace's demo tapes in 1992, he signed the young man to his new label, Bad Boy Records. Soon Wallace became known as Biggie Smalls, although he recorded under the name Notorious...

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Pharrell Williams
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0125-1




Pharrell Williams is one-half of the Neptunes, one of the most successful producing teams in music. The Neptunes have received a Source Award, Billboard Music Award, and Grammy Award for their talents as producers. As a member of N.E.R.D., Pharrell has also cut his teeth as a recording artist. And now, he's embarked on a career as a solo...

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Queen Latifah
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0126-8




The name Latifah means delicate and sensitive in Arabic, and Dana Owens always thought of herself as having a soft side that the world overlooked. She chose Queen Latifah as her stage name when she earned her first record contract in 1988. Since then, Queen Latifah has earned a place in rap history as one of the first female...

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Reverend Run (of Run DMC)
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0127-5




As the Run in Run-D.M.C., Joey Simmons helped develop the sound that became hip-hop. They won Soul Train Music Awards, and their role in hip-hop's history brought them recognition from VH1, Rolling Stone, and millions of fans. ...

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Sean "Diddy" Combs
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0115-2




Few people in the entertainment business are as influential or successful as Sean "Diddy" Combs. Although he grew up in a government-subsidized housing project, today Diddy controls a multimedia empire that has made him one of the wealthiest young men in the United States. Diddy gained fame by producing and promoting hip-hop music, but today his business ventures include...

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Snoop Dogg
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0129-9




Snoop. Composer. Snoop Dogg. Lyricist. Snoop Doggy Dogg. Actor. Tha Doggfather. Businessman. Top Dogg. Entrepreneur. Da Boss. Snoop Dogg's combination of talent, ambition, and brains has made him one of the leaders in the rap music world. Before he was the Dogg, Snoop was Calvin Broadus, a kid growing up in a tough inner-city neighborhood. Snoop rocked his grade...

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Tupac
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0130-5




Raised in urban ghettos, Tupac Shakur spent his childhood surrounded by killers, drug dealers, and other criminals. This early experience provided the talented young rapper with a deep understanding of the "gangsta" lifestyle, which he was able to clearly express in his lyrics. Tupac was an artist, and his lyrics spoke from the heart. While glorifying the gangsta life...

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Will Smith
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0128-2




Will Smith's remarkable rise to fame began in the 1980s. As the Fresh Prince, a young rapper with clever lyrics and boyish charm, he and DJ Jazzy Jeff introduced millions to the playful side of hip-hop. Today, as a solo artist, Smith continues to attract listeners with his wit and unique style. Along the way, he has also established...

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Usher
$8.50 [plus S&H]
ISBN 978-1-4222-0131-2




He's one of the hottest names in music. Usher tells his story. Readers will learn how this "Godson of Soul" earned Grammy Awards, Soul Train Awards, Billboard Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and People's Choice Awards-and the adoration of fans worldwide. ...

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