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"The History Of Gangster Rap" Discussion At Barnes & Noble With Author Soren Baker & Dana Dane

“The History Of Gangster Rap” by #SorenBaker hit #1 for New Releases on’s Music History & Criticism Chart. Baker is joined by rap legend Dana Dane to discuss the book in front of a live audience at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles.

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Here’s what some icons have to say about the book!!!

Ice-T: “Respect to Soren Baker for documenting the history of gangster rap in these pages. Some hate it. Some love it. But you can’t deny its brutal, hardcore honesty.”

The D.O.C.: “History has so often been written by the victors, that you very rarely ever get the real story behind anything. So it’s really important to hear from the people that were there, which is exactly what Soren Baker shares in this book. He writes about it and he’s honest about it.”

Xzibit: “Hip-hop changed the world. Gangster rap changed the narrative, and then changed the world again. Soren Baker has been a very integral part of documenting hip-hop on the West Coast for as long as I can remember. I don’t think anybody is more qualified to write this book.”

Leslie “Big Lez” Segar: “Soren Baker has changed the perspective of gangster rap by putting his pen to paper. He has given hip-hop power, proven its potential, and made non-believers contemplate all of its possibilities. The truth in his writing leaves no stone unturned, something he’s done again with The History of Gangster Rap. Soren doesn’t just champion hip-hop. He also reveals its flaws and its truths.”

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phillip ibarra says:

What's up Soren, just got my copy of The History of Gangster Rap today. I really appreciate the work you put into it, growing up I always wondered about the start of this Genre of music and always assumed NWA started it. But… Lo and behold there were others that put it in motion and then NWA kick it up a notch. Watching this channel and going thru this book showed me more. Thanks

shawn williams says:

This was such a great debate I hadn’t seen this I’m loving this channel more an more thanx for your hard work Soren where can I fine your book bro

L Harris says:

W/S Compton created Gangsta Rap. Been doing this shit since 1982/1983

Toddy Tee (Tragniew Park), Mix Master Ken (151), R.I.P. Mix Master Spade (Nutty Blocc). These guys glorified the street life, Gangs, & Dope Dealing, ect. Years before Schoolly D, Ice T & NWA.

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Satan West says:

Ordered your book on Tuesday from Amazon. Can't wait to check it out. Feel like I used to feel in the early 90s waiting for a new issue of the Source!!

Míchele Cobré says:

Without dirty rap there would be no gangsta rap pornocore horrocore hardcore hip hop rock rap rap metal nu metal mafioso rap crunk trap music drill music miami bass new orleans bounce

Langfocus says:

I know that photo at the bottom of the cover. I remember it from Rollingstone Magazine's article on Lollapalooza '92. I remember that Ice Cube's hat in the photo said "Looters" – the original name of the movie "Trespass", which they changed after the L.A. Riots.

Cube played at Lollapalooza '92 of course. I was there in Vancouver, the third show. The first two shows were in the Bay Area, and Ice-T was there to introduce Cube, and I believe Body Count also did a surprise set on the second stage. The photo was taken that weekend.

olskoollover01 says:

We need to remember that south central cartel and crips and bloods contributed in gangsta rap in the late 80's

M Ca says:

Im getting this book today

M Ca says:

I like this guy … but his excuse for the record Execs secret meeting being fake was lame … Makes me think this guy was in the meeting …fact is Record companies stopped promoting positive artist and records since the mid 90s till current (2018).. every once in a while a positive song or Rapper slip thru the cracks .. There is 90% negative to 10% positive . . The record companies know what they doing ..Im still getting the book r

7469 says:

Congrats! Can’t wait to get a copy!

Gee Money says:

Much respect to S Baker. I was waiting for the authoritative anthology of gangsta rap. ( havent read it but i will purchase it) i came up in the golden era of rap but being from the south, gangsta rap played a huge part of my musical developement. I am a fan of West coast and southern artist of the genre equally.

David Coffey says:

just bought the book due to the details provided in this video. looking forward to starting it, tonight.

Crenshawgrinder says:

Do you think Schooly D is the originator of Gangsta Rap?

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