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The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop
by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Frank Morrison

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    List Price: $18.99
    Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
    Classification: Children’s
    ISBN13: 9781499804119
    Imprint: little bee books
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
    Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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    Book Description:
    Explore the roots of rap in this stunning, rhyming, triple-timing picture book!

    A generation voicing

    stories, hopes, and fears

    founds a hip-hop nation.

    Say holler if you hear.

    The roots of rap and the history of hip-hop have origins that precede DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Kids will learn about how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and break dancing that formed around the art form and gave birth to the musical artists we know today. Written in lyrical rhythm by award-winning author and poet Carole Boston Weatherford and complete with flowing, vibrant illustrations by Frank Morrison, this book beautifully illustrates how hip-hop is a language spoken the whole world ’round, it and features a foreward by Swizz Beatz, a Grammy Award winning American hip-hop rapper, DJ, and record producer.

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