Lamont “U-God” Hawkins – Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang

Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang
Published by: Picador
ISBN-10: 1250191165
ISBN-13: 978-1250191168
Release date: March 6th 2018

In U-God’s own words (as printed on the back of his book):
“It’s time to write down not only my legacy, but the story of nine dirt-bomb street thugs who took our everyday life—scrappin’ and hustlin’ and tryin’ to survive in the urban jungle of New York City—and turned that into something bigger than we could possibly imagine, something that took us out of the projects for good, which was the only thing we all wanted in the first place.”
(Lamont “U-God” Hawkins)

The Wu-Tang Clan’s least profiled member feels it time for him to give the public his story. He’s the first of the group’s members to document their historical story, totally differing from RZA’s more philosophical books. That’s not just where he & RZA differ as U-God is currently pursuing a financial legal case against Wu-Tang’s leader. This saw U-God’s non-showing on the group’s last album ‘The Saga Continues’. Whether or not he’ll appear with Wu again remains to be seen.

For now U-God is continuing his own career with a forthcoming new album ‘Venom’ (due for release March 30), a released pre-album mixtape ‘Bring Back God II’ & a promotional tour for his book & album.

Back to the book,’Raw’ will be a journey into the Wu-Tang that all their faithful followers & Hip Hop fans alike will be eager to read.
All the media speculation surrounding the group will no doubt be confirmed, or refuted, but most of all people will get to know much about the author, U-God. The least heard now has the most to say.
(Rashad Unique)

Book description:
Lamont “U-God” Hawkins was born in Brownsville, New York, in1970. Raised by a single mother and forced to reckon with the hostile conditions of project life, U-God learned from an early age how to survive. Surviving in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s was no easy task—especially as a young black boy living in some of the city’s most ignored and destituted districts. But, along the way, he met and befriended those who would eventually form the Clan’s core: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, and Masta Killa. Brought up by the streets,and bonding over their love of hip-hop, they sought to pursue the impossible:music as their ticket out of the ghetto.

U-God’s unforgettable first-person account of his journey,from the streets of Brooklyn to some of the biggest stages around the world, isnot only thoroughly affecting, unfiltered, and explosive but also captures, invivid detail, the making of one of the greatest acts in American music history.
(Description by Macmillan Publishers)

‘Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang’ is now available in all good book stores & online book vendors.

Purchase ‘Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang’ @ Amazon here

Professor Griff – Acapella Revolution

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Professor Griff
Acapella Revolution
Published by: Taquiyyah Music
ISBN-10: 0977124223
ISBN-13: 978-0977124220
Publication date: 3rd May 2013 (First edition, first printing January 2013)

Acapella Revolution is the most recent book by Professor Griff. It discusses a wide range of issues and is interspersed with poetry and lyrics. The writing style is very creative & it is a multi-layered construction of a literary work. The book is infused with the “oral traditional” found in African heritage. Acapella being associated with the “oral tradition” refers to the transmission of cultural lessons through vocal utterance, vibration and frequencies. The “oral lore” is cultural material and tradition transmitted orally from one generation to the next. The messages or testimony are verbally transmitted in speech or song and in modern times may take the form of Hip Hop.

Professor Griff is practicing this tradition to pass on the information about the true nature of our world. The science of socializing the thoughts of the listener is the revolutionary method that the acapella revolution movement will bring about. This “social science” is the oratorical discipline that is in practice today to affect society and human behavior. The acapella revolution is the revolution in acapella.

The book is also layered in resources. There is a list of books and DVDs. There is a list of resources dealing with the New World Order, The Illuminati, Afro-Centered and Afro-Centric education, music and theory.
These resources show the reader what was used to construct songs and develop critical thinking.
(Book description from external source)

To order “Acapella Revolution” contact Professor Griff directly:
professorgriffpe@gmail.com
7thoctave@gmail.com
Call: 678 557-2919 (USA)
Official website contact section here
or Amazon.com here

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Official Professor Griff website: pgriff.info

Forthcoming book: Written! The Lyrics of Grandmaster Caz

Written! The Lyrics of Grandmaster Caz
The Written Book Company
Scheduled release date: 19th November 2012

Grandmaster Caz is a pioneering legend who can genuinely be credited as one of the inventors of rap. Caz is perhaps best known as the writer of Big Bang Hank’s rhyme in Rappers Delight. The lyrics were stolen from him and he has never been credited or paid a dollar for writing the words to possibly the most famous rap record ever.

Caz went on to join the legendary Coldcrush Brothers whose party rocking style would greatly influence many of rap’s commercial breakthrough artists.

In 2012 Caz became the unexpected star of Ice-T’s seminal rap movie Something From Nothing : The Art Of Rap. In the movie Caz receives props from many of the cast, including Ice-T, Rev Run, Rakim and Eminem, who sight him as one of the godfathers of Rap. As a result of the movie Caz’s career is enjoying a significant renaissance.

Notable for his extraordinary penmanship Caz’s favourite rhymes are reproduced from his notebooks and published for the first time in this beautiful book.
(Excerpt from The Lyric Book Company)

The book can be pre-ordered now @ lyricbook.com & will be available & amazon.com & selected book stores.

Pre-order @ The Lyric Book Company here

Professor Griff – The Psychological Covert War On Hip Hop


Professor Griff
The Psychological Covert War On Hip Hop
Published by: Taquiyyah Music
ISBN-10: 0977124207
ISBN-13: 978-0977124206
Publication date: 13th December 2011

The Psychological Covert War on Hip Hop, The Illuminati take over, control, and brainwashing of our culture.

To order the book, all you have to do is hit my paypal account: PCWHIPHOP@GMAIL.COM

Or send $30.00 to me:
Kavon Shah
P.O.Box 11902
Atlanta, GA
30355
(Professor Griff)

Order @ Professor Griff’s official website here

The Official website of Professor Griff: pgriff.info

SP-1200: The Art And The Science


SP-1200: The Art And The Science
Compiled by: Pbody
Published by: 27Sens
ISBN: 978-295354101-4
Release date: 21st December 2011 (3rd release)

In the chapters to come, PBODY will guide you through the world of the SP1200, its history, its underlying technology, and both conventional and unconventional techniques for making music with it. I am personally honored to have played a key role in creating such a time-honored instrument, and I must confess how delightful it has been to have a chance to pour over the schematics again and recall the whole design experience. I hope you’ll have as much fun reading as I and the whole E-mu gang did in producing the SP1200. Enjoy!
(Dave Rossum, E-Mu Systems Inc.)

Contents:
PART 1:
• 1. The art
• 2. The science
• 3. The 12 bits grit
• 4. Cookbook
• 5. Repair section
• 6. Tricks & Tips
• 7. Quote / Unquote
• 8. Mix Out

PART 2: Exclusive Interviews by Kicdrum Products™
• Buckwild
• Dela
• DJ I-Cue
• DJ Jazzy Jeff
• DJ Joc Max
• DJ Roddy Rod
• DJ Spinna
• E-Swift
• Easy Mo Bee
• Gensu Dean
• Grap Luva (Pete Rock’s Brother)
• Imhotep
• Insight
• J.Force
• J-Zone
• Jamey Staub (Pete Rock’s Sound Engineer)
• Jel
• J-Ro
• Kdef
• Kenny Parker
• Lewis Parker
• Lord Finesse
• Mac Mccraw
• Needle Drifterz
• Nick Wiz
• Showbiz
• Ski Beatz
• Todd Terry
& much More…

Order @ UGHH: www.undergroundhiphop.com/sp-1200-sp-1200-the-art-and-the-science/27SENSSP12BK
SP-1200: The Art And The Science @ E-mu: sp1200-thebook.com

Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years Of The Last Great Record Label


Def Jam Recordings:
The First 25 Years Of The Last Great Record Label
Rizzoli

In association with Def Jam, a celebration of the first twenty-five years of the label that defined hip-hop music and culture, in the words and photographs of its founders and artists.

This is the story of Def Jam in the words of its artists and top executives, taken from interviews and seamlessly told as a narrative of no-holds barred recollections and anecdotes, made even more compelling by the fact that Def Jam is one of the last great record labels to enjoy the widespread cultural influence that it does, in light of the increasing digitization of music.

Def Jam celebrates a label that defined hip-hop and whose impact extends beyond its incredible roster of recording artists to all areas of culture, fashion, lifestyle, cinema & art impacting the music business and pop culture forever.

In 1984, Def Jam introduced a new kind of music and lifestyle “hip-hop” through aspiring record producer and punk-rocker Rick Rubin and party promoter/artist manager Russell Simmons. It has become the sound of young America, akin to Motown in the sixties.

This is the first book to see the label whole: through an oral history woven from interviews (some exclusive) with its founders and artists such as LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Ja Rule, Rihanna, Ashanti, and Kanye West, as well as through rare memorabilia from personal archives of the label’s movers and shakers: behind-the-scenes photos, flyers, advertisements, movie posters, album cover art, magazine covers, and press clips from around the world. It also showcases images from some of the best-known photographers of the era, including Albert Watson, Glen E. Friedman, Jonathan Mannion, and Annie Leibovitz.

It is designed by Cey Adams, Def Jam’s founding creative director and is an insider’s portrait of the last great record label.

Order @ Amazon here