Hip-Hop Artists

This series tells the stories of some of the leading figures in the hip-hop movement. Some are rappers, singers, dancers, stage performers, and celebrities; others are producers, promoters, and social activists. A general overview of the roots, rise, and current status of hip-hop is given in the book Hip-Hop: A Short History. Each book contains many full-color engaging photographs of the personalities at different stages of their lives.


ISBN 978-1-4222-2700-8
The entire series is not available in hardcover. There are 20 out of 24 volumes available.
24 volumes
2007, 2008
12 & up
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
by Rosa Waters

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0111-4 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
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 this book tells that story as well. Learn about her television, video, and film appearances. Ashanti lets the reader in on the young star's writing pursuits, too.Many worthy causes have also benefited from Ashanti's talents and time. In Ashanti, readers will learn about her involvement in AIDS awareness programs, campaigns against domestic violence, and hurricane relief benefits. To Ashanti, this is an important part of her career, and makes the difficulties worth it.

Cypress Hill
by Mary Jo Lemmens

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B-Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, Eric Bobo. Separately, they might be just strange-sounding names (except for Eric). But together, they make up Cypress Hill, one of the most successful hip-hop groups around.In Cypress Hill, the author tells the story of how the group was formed and found its fan base. And it wasn't easy. Readers will discover the near-miss tragedies that affected some of the group's members. The author takes readers on the journey between success and controversy for the group. Readers will also learn how the group has managed to stay together for more that twenty years. That's more than a lifetime for most groups.But Cypress Hill is not about success only for themselves. They've also played an important role in helping other hip-hop artists find fame, helping the genre to secure its future.

Daddy Yankee
by Nat Cotts

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His name may sound as though he comes from New York, but Daddy Yankee was born and raised in Puerto Rico. To many, he might be a relative unknown, but to a growing number of fans all over the world, the name Daddy Yankee is synonymous with reggaeton.Daddy Yankee tells the story of this hard-working, incredibly successful musician. From his youth living in a poverty-stricken barrio to first-class flights to performance venues worldwide, readers learn what it is about Daddy that makes him successful. In Daddy Yankee, the author also tells the story of reggaeton's development and how it relates to the American phenomenon of hip-hop.Like many musicians, Daddy Yankee's influence extends beyond music. Daddy Yankee also tells how he continues his connection to his childhood home in Puerto Rico, and how he helps those who are still mired in poverty. It is a good lesson for everyone.

by Toby G. Hamilton

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He raps about good and evil, life and death, God and the devil. He calls himself a messenger of truth. The music world calls him DMX, and he's one of the most successful rap artists ever.In DMX, the author tells the artist's story-the good and the not so good. After spending much of his youth in group homes, the chance that DMX would become a star in any field (except perhaps in the field of criminal activity) seemed remote. Against all odds, DMX found his way out of poverty and into success. But, as readers of DMX will learn, he's not always been able to leave behind his problems with the legal community.Readers will learn about the real DMX, his faults and his good points, his relationship with God and a loving family. DMX is more than a music icon; he's a complicated individual.

Don Omar
by Nat Cotts

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Though reggaeton is relatively new on the music scene, it's popularity is skyrocketing. One of the biggest names in reggaeton is Don Omar, and he is rapidly becoming a force on the world stage.But who is Don Omar? In Don Omar, the author tells the story of this former youth pastor's rise to superstardom in reggaeton. Readers will learn about his childhood, his years spent as a pastor, and his climb up the music ladder to become "king of reggaeton" -at least in his own mind. Don Omar also details the beefs he's had with another reggaeton powerhouse, Daddy Yankee.There's more than the high-profile world of music to Don Omar. Readers will discover Don Omar the philanthropist, working to make life better for many.

Fat Joe
by Toby G. Hamilton

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Fat Joe has been around almost since the beginning of hip-hop. He might not have sold the most albums, but he's lasted in the very competitive music world longer than many. He's never adopted a more pop sound to become more commercial. That's one of the things his many fans love about him.In Fat Joe, the author tells how this Latino artist found success in hip-hop. It wasn't a smooth path to success, and Fat Joe has had many difficulties along the way. From the death of his good friend and collaborator Big Pun to his own problems with legal matters, Fat Joe has often been at the center of controversy. Fat Joe doesn't back away from dealing with those issues, but it also shows that Fat Joe-man and artist-can't be defined just by those issues.

Ivy Queen
by Kim Etingoff

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In a genre dominated by male artists, Ivy Queen has managed to break out as a major star in reggaeton music. Ivy Queen tells the story of this deep-voiced woman's rise to success and fame outside of her native Puerto Rico. Her songs tell the story of domestic abuse, single mothers, and other issues women can relate to. But these aren't "poor me" songs. Ivy uses these topics to show women how they can find the inner strength they need to overcome such situations. Hers is a music of empowerment.In Ivy Queen, the author also provides a brief history on the birth and development of reggaeton and shows how it relates to reggae and hip-hop. Ivy Queen has been around since the beginning of reggaeton, and the history of it and of Ivy Queen are eternally intertwined.

Juelz Santana
by Janice Rockworth

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At an age when most are settling into their first real jobs, hip-hop star Juelz Santana is well on his way to becoming an empire. The kid from Harlem has come a long way in a short time.Juelz Santana tells the story of the young musician's rise to fame, first as a well-respected collaborator and then as a solo artist. Readers will also learn about the factors, such as the Harlem Renaissance, that played a role in making him who he is today. And in an industry that loves to cubbyhole musicians, discover why Juelz bristles when his music is called "pop-gangsta."Readers of Juelz Santana will also learn that there is much more to the artist than his music. The author tells about his movie career and his expanding fashion empire. Juelz Santana is one multidimensional young musician!

Lloyd Banks
by E.J. Sanna

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Even as a young boy, Christopher Charles Lloyd loved to write down his thoughts. As Lloyd Banks, he has used that talent to become one of the biggest names in hip-hop, especially in the world of mixtapes.In Lloyd Banks, readers will learn about the evolution of this music star. While other teens hung out with friends their own age, Lloyd's friends were much older and involved in the music world. With friends like 50 Cent, Lloyd was laying the groundwork for his future career in music.The author also lets readers in on the behind-the-scenes world of hip-hop, which includes controversy. And Lloyd Banks has had his share. But he's also given back, making contributions to his former high school and helping relatives through college. Lloyd Banks has a firm idea of what is really important in life.

Mariah Carey
by Celicia Scott

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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.<p> Mariah Carey takes readers along on the artist's climb up the musical mountain. The story includes the highs and lows of her personal and professional lives: difficulties she faced as a biracial child, her awards, fairy-tale wedding, public divorce, emotional breakdown, and stay in a psychiatric hospital.<p> Mariah Carey also tells about Mariah the philanthropist. She's involved in many charitable organizations, including Camp Mariah and the National Adoption Center. Mariah Carey is appreciative of what her career has provided her, and she doesn't hesitate to give back to the world.

Missy Elliot
by Michelle Lawlor

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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 famous singers, rappers, and producers-including Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Destiny's Child-as well as for herself.<p> An astute businesswoman, Missy Elliott heads her own record label, The Gold Mind, Inc., and has produced her own reality show, entitled The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott. Yet, she makes the time to serve as spokesperson and supporter of various causes, including Break the Cycle, a program that provides support to young people dealing with domestic violence. Strong, gifted, and inventive, Missy embodies the message featured on the Adidas sportswear line she helped create: Respect M.E.

by Jacquelyn Simone

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Few people can sit still when the beat of "Hey Ya!" comes over the airwaves. The bouncy beat gets toes tapping, shoulders shrugging, and heads bobbing. It gets the audience involved.And fans all over the world love OutKast, Andre 3000 and Big Boi. In OutKast, the author lets readers in on what it is that makes the guys such powerhouses in the world of hip-hop. What is it about their music that fans can't seem to resist? Readers will also learn what's behind OutKast's unique fashion sense.OutKast also tells the story of two very different guys who have turned those differences into a legendary career filled with awards and top-selling albums. Readers of OutKast will also learn about Andre 3000's and Big Boi's individual projects, proving that separately or together, their talent cannot be denied.

Pharrell Williams
by Terrell Brown

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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 artist. Readers can learn all about this music dynamo in Pharrell Williams.<p> But Pharrell Williams is about more than music. His career has evolved into record label management, fashion design, and even acting. This book gives readers insight into his life as music mogul and businessman. This artist is also socially aware, and Pharrell Williams describes that as well. Pharrell has worked to encourage people to register and vote. Animals have also benefited from his talent and time through PETA. Pharrell Williams believes in giving back to all.

by Nat Cotts

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He's as stubborn as the breed of dog from which he took his stage name. Miami rapper Pitbull has used that stubbornness, and a lot of hard work, to become one of the best-known rappers around.In Pitbull, readers will learn the story of Armando Perez: Pitbull. The author tells how the son of Cuban immigrants survived a childhood of poverty and foster homes in Miami, Florida. Readers will discover how Pitbull developed not only an extreme pride in his Cuban American heritage. Pitbull also discloses what Pitbull's tattoo DIM stands for.The author tells how Pitbull rose to the top of the hip-hop world, but he also lets readers in on other issues that are important to the artist. Pitbull tells the story of the artist and the concerned citizen of the world.

Queen Latifah
by Gail Snyder

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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 MCs. With her music, she inspires young women to be bold, active, and proud.

Queen Latifah is a multi-talented woman, who has succeeded in television and film as well as in music. She has acted in dozens of movies, and in 2003 was nominated for an Academy Award. One of the busiest entertainers working today, Queen Latifah continues showing the world what she can do one successful project at a time.

Reverend Run (of Run DMC)
by Terrell Brown

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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.

Reverend Run tells the story of the hip-hop musician and minister. His star quickly rose, and almost as quickly fell. He abused drugs, turned away from his family, and got caught up in the bling that sometimes goes along with success. But then Run decided to take a different path and became a minister-although he still sings.

Readers will also learn about Run the businessman, who uses some of his company's profits to help others. Reverend Run profiles the star's work with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Hip-Hop Action Summit Network. Discover Run the music legend, the philanthropist, and the man!

by Kim Etingoff

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The man known by two initials "T.I."is one of the most successful hip-hop artists today. T.I. tells the story of this multifaceted music icon.T.I. has won many awards for his music, including prestigious Grammy Awards. He's worked with some of the biggest names in the business. T.I. hit the ground running when he decided to become a hip-hop artist.T.I. hasn't been content to be just a musician. He's branched out into acting, and has appeared with some of the biggest names in that field as well. T.I. also tells the story of T.I. the controversial figure. In a genre that is steeped in its own controversy, T.I. brings his own, as well as brushes on the wrong side of the law. But that's not all of who T.I. is. He has given much back to the world through his charitable acts. T.I. tells that story as well.

The Game
by Lindsey Sanna

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Everything seemed to be going in the right direction for The Game. His basketball skills brought him a college scholarship that could lead to a life outside the projects. Then it all fell apart.In The Game, the author tells the story of how the young hip-hop star's hopes for a college education came to a screeching halt and a career choice that was less than admirable-or legal. But more important, the author also tells readers how a bullet and near death were a wakeup call to The Game, making him reevaluate his life.Readers will discover that The Game made the decision to become a rapper before he even knew how to rap-or how to write the rhymes that would later make him famous. But he had a goal, and he was willing to work hard to see it fulfilled.

Wu-Tang Clan
by Janice Rockworth

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So, what's a Wu-Tang Clan? Well, it's just one of the biggest groups in hip-hop history. In the case of the Wu-Tang Clan, "biggest" doesn't refer just to the crew's popularity or record sales. It also refers to the number of members: nine.Wu-Tang Clan tells the story of how three cousins joined together to form the groups that would change hip-hop. Readers will learn how RZA, GZA, and ODB formed the group and led it on the pathway to success. But like most paths, it wasn't always smooth, and the author also tells of the crew's sometimes rocky climb to hip-hop stardom. Wu-Tang Clan also tells the story of ODB's tragic death.But Wu-Tang Clan is more than a hip-hop group. Members have had successful solo careers as well. In Wu-Tang Clan, readers will also discover the business side of the crew, including the highly desired Wu Wear.

by Mary Jo Lemmens

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Rapper Xzibit has a huge and hugely loyal fan base. They don't care that some people believe his lyrics are too violent or too profane. To Xzibit's fans, they are lyrics that tell the story of the real world. Unlike some artists who adopted a more pop sound so they could sell more records, Xzibit's fans point to the fact that he never sold out.In Xzibit, readers will learn how the musician became an icon of the hip-hop genre. The author also describes Xzibit's move from the music world to film and to become the host of the incredibly popular television show Pimp My Ride.Like many in hip-hop, and the genre itself, Xzibit has experienced controversy along with his success. But he's also championed humanitarian causes. Xzibit tells those stories as well.

Yung Joc
by Rosa Waters

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He's one of the newest, and youngest, hip-hop performers out there, but Yung Joc has proved himself to be a formidable force. He's already one of the highest paid hip-hop stars performing today!Yung Joc tells how this young artist has come so far so fast. Readers will learn about his childhood in Georgia and how he decided on a career in hip-hop. The author also shows that Yung Joc is more than a musician. He's a smart and savvy businessman with his eyes on the future.Though most fans are familiar with hip-hop's history from its birth in the Bronx in the 1970s, its roots go back much farther. In Yung Joc, readers will also discover the role that slavery, black churches, and music forms including the blues and soul have played on one of the hottest music genres around.

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