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The Rap Attack (U.K. version)

"African Jive to New-York Hip-Hop" by David Toop, Pluto Press, London, 1984. first edition (U.K.), text in English, 168 pages. Condition: Good (Slight discoloration on the cover, stain having affected the spine and some pages).

120€

With Steven Hager’s “Hip-Hop”, “Rap Attack” is the first serious essay devoted to the emergence of Hip-Hop culture and its four disciplines (MCing, DJing, break-dance and graffiti). Published in 1984, David Toop’s book is a comprehensive essay that looks as much at the deep roots (African rhythm, jazz, soul) as at the emergence of hip-hop in the Bronx in the mid-1970s, or at its main players and at emblematic places. We find the great actors of the movement: Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc… all marvelously illustrated by numerous photographs by Patricia Bates. Rap Attack is a pioneering book and an amazing source of information.