Hip hop has come a long way since New York City DJs in the 1970s started spinning records that would allow rappers to take center stage in the music industry. The genre has served as the soundtrack for generations of youth and pop culture and has found audiences worldwide. Hip hop continues to evolve as new acts make waves with fresh styles and trends, while the beats and rhymes from OGs like DJ Kool and Queen Latifah continue to "Rapper's Delight."
Whether you love funky West Coast rhythms or favor hard East Coast beats, these seven hip hop books are required reading for any fans of the genre.
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