The History of Hip Hop

Volume 1
Narrated by: William Butler
Series: The History of Hip Hop, Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Eric Reese is taking the cultural shock of hip-hop to unknown boundaries of music history, so educate yourself in the way of life that is defining young America now! 

Hip-hop truth for the art and pulse of America!

This cultural brilliance of sound presented a voice and unique mind through the rough streets of America's largest conurbations going as far back as the 1920s. Sprung from the spirits of poverty, this inner-city culture quickly uncovered an amazing bunch of fresh young Black American forces of nature eager to express their own unique street accounts and contributed to a spirited new style of soul of Black Americana across major cities in the US. 

Nowadays, hip-hop has reached the doorsteps of regions as distinct as Africa, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Jamaica, and just about everywhere. To picture how far rap music has come, I tell you its biography in a number of urban themes; all pointing to a surreal social evolution. You'll learn in this audiobook:  

  • The differences between hip-hop and rap
  • The earliest records of music styles that greatly influenced hip-hop
  • What constitutes hip-hop and rap culture
  • Why underground hip-hop is its prominent feature
  • The merits of cultural theory and popular culture in rap
  • Greatest benchmarks in hip-hop history by year
  • Genres of rap music and hip-hop thoroughly explained
  • And much more

As this music legacy continues to expand its sway, know for sure it's here to stay. 

The History of Hip Hop gives the popular culture listener the very insights of an indisputable force of rappers that guarantees to keep producing incredible music talents and exciting new classics for ages to come. 

Hip-hop lives on! No need to hesitate. Click "Buy Now" and submerge yourself in the legacy of the world's cultural evolution! 

©2017 Eric Reese (P)2017 Eric Reese

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Informative...

An excellent, comprehensive history of hip - hop. It’s obvious that the author has a passion for hip - hop music . The narrator did a good job as well.

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Music, Modern History, and Hip Hop Lovers Get This!!!

Wow! This is an amazing audible. Lots of great history on this subject. The author listed several important events. Even one from 1925! Every music, modern hIstory, and hip hop lovers need to listen to this. The narration is engaging. Get this!

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Horrible production - AVOID

The narration is atrocious, with the narrator mispronouncing words and names of well known artists. ("Cayenne West"?) The writing is scattershot and sheds no new light on hip hop as an art form. Who is this book for? It doesn't give enough info to teach a layperson what hip hop is, and it breaks exactly zero new ground for hip hop heads. I was excited to listen to this and it's a crushing disappointment.

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Powerful

This was a great book for people who love hip-hop. Great history and wonderful information for the younger generation. The only downfall is that it read like sitting in a classroom. But great overall

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More than just a history.

This audiobook is a lot to take in. Just because it is 2 hours long does not mean that it is not a note worthy listen. If you have ever wanted to know the true origins and the background of hip-hop this is the book for you. The author, [author:Eric Reese|2776559] does more than tell you about mainstream hip-hop but breaks it down into sub sections. I enjoyed the fact that he mention certain forms of hip-hop that does not get as much recognition like gangster rap does. Being of Haitian descent I enjoyed the fact that he mentioned Haiti and what they do for hip-hop. Also there are a lot of people who enjoy K-Pop but did not realize that K or J-Pop was formed because of American Hip-Hop.

There were at times where the narrator, William Butler, sounded as a professor and not as someone who enjoyed what they were narrating. For that reason I had to give this audiobook a 4.5 and not a 5. It was well written and I learned a lot. The name of this book does not seem to with the content. However for me that was a good thing. This is so much more and I am glad this was written.

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Interesting Hip hop book

The History of Hip Hop, by Eric Reese, narrated by William Butler.
This book is about hip-hop & music. It was interesting to listen to so many new facts about hip-hop. Eric did find a nice way to interpret the history of hip-hop. It provides many remarkable facts about music and history. The narrator also did a good job. Liked his performance. I would recommend it to people interested in music, looking for extra facts. It is about 2 hours long which is suitable to listen.
My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book :)
*This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Kirsten Carlyle
  • 08-29-20

Informative listen

I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book. Not my usual genre but thought I would give it a try. The narrator was fantastic. The book was very informative. I learned about the roots and history of hip hop. I teach music in a primary school. I will definitely use information from this book to aid my lessons. I would recommend this book 😊

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  • SnuggleBun44
  • 08-11-20

Disappointing and sometimes factually questionable

The narration is absolutely diabolical. I suspect that it is a text to speech program. The content of the book itself reads more like a compilation of lists from Wikipedia than anything that any coherent author would have put together. If you are looking to immerse yourself in the history of hip-hop culture then this is not the book for you, it's smooths over many of the most important stages of the development of the culture. If I could give this zero stars I would.

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  • Morris
  • 02-17-20

short but amazing

This book is really insightful and interesting. The author did an amazing job. Also the narrator did a splendid job keeping me entertained and wanting to listen to more.

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  • L1
  • 01-30-20

cant listenbecaus of reader

reader regularly mispronounces words & even worse, rappers names. ruined it for me. cant listen to a history of hip hop when the names are read out loud incorrectly.

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  • Noah
  • 02-24-18

Very Informative Audible Book Indeed

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Very informative book on the subject of the Hip Hop culture as a whole. It’s not just Rap music but everything that encompasses our culture.

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  • Choljen
  • 02-24-18

Nice Audible Book

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Vibe History of Hip Hop Culture is an accurate chronology of the hip hop movement and its impact on urban culture. The book documents the urban experience and gives a great entree for brand marketers considering using the genre to hype their products.

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  • Theodore
  • 02-24-18

No. 1

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This book tells the complete history of hip hop it shows where hip hop first originated to where it is today. I rate this book #1 in all hip hop literature.

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  • Jude
  • 02-24-18

Highly Recommended

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Fine and well-informed history of hip-hop, the music and the culture arranged chronologically and by topic/theme. Comes with an audible (Extremely inconsequential).

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  • Caleb
  • 02-24-18

Definitley Impressive Book

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This book was my introduction to Hip Hop and I recommend it both to people who want to rip their hands into the music and for those that been around it for years.
The book covers Hip Hop from every possible angle, charting the cultural as well as political significance of the misunderstood and underappreciated genre. I found The History of Hip Hop one of the best books I ever had.