Thursday, June 8, 2006

First Hip Hop Textbook Teaches Kids Rap’s Roots

AIEA, Hawaii (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Get ready for a pop culture pop quiz: Who is credited as the inventor of modern hip hop?

The answer is DJ Kool Herc, and soon, kids in elementary and high school’s across the country will be able to learn that important info in a new text book, The History of Rap and Hip- Hop by Soren Baker, part of “The Music Library” (Thomson Gale) educational series.

The 112-page text includes easy to follow chapters and sub- chapters, end and source notes and a “for further reading” chapter, plus direct quotes and sidebars from interviews with rap icons such as Afrika Bambaataa, Tupac Shakur and even crunk pioneer Lil Jon.

Chapter titles include “The Golden Era of Rap,” “Gangster Rap,” and “Hip Hop: A Global Force.”

Author Soren Baker says it’s important to document such a pervasive and multi-billion dollar industry from the perspective of its roots in inner-city, alienated youth.

In Baker’s words, “Hip hop was created by youth in the Bronx who had almost zero resources. To see it grow into such a huge cultural force is inspiring, both to the kids who can read about it and those of us in the hip hop generation.”

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