Boston: South End Press, 1984. First American edition. Wraps. Square 8vo. Wraps. Lightly worn along edges with a few minor scuff marks. Very good plus. 168pp. Very good +. Item #23074
Essential early history of the emergence of hip-hop and its musical roots. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs by Patricia Bates. Introduction by Tony Van Der Meer. Includes "Lightning swords of death," Toop's list of essential 12-inch singles: "Some of them are in the list for historical importance, others because I like them." With a lexicon of hip-hop expressions compiled by Monica Lynch of Tommy Boy Records and an index. Appearing the same year as Steven Hagar's classic HIP HOP, an essential document.