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Superstars of Hip-Hop

This high-interest, low-reading-level series tells the stories of some of the leading figures in the hip-hop movement. Engaging and often inspiring biographies of rapper celebrities are combined with exciting full-color photographs of the personalities at different stages of their lives. A general overview of the roots, rise, and current status of hip-hop is given in the book "Hip-Hop: A Short History".

25 volumes
2013
9 and up
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
"Chapters include a look at the artists' childhoods and how they shaped their lives. Subsequent sections cover their career development, lives today, and impacts on the music scene." "Each chapter begins with a helpful "Hip-Hop lingo" text box that defines industry terms and vocabulary..."
School Library Journal
"No doubt the Superstars of Hip-Hop series will be mad popular."
Booklist
50 Cent
by Z.B. Hill

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50 Cent's path to success has been long and tough. The rap superstar grew up in a world of drugs and violence. Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, wanted something more for himself, though. To reach his goals, Curtis turned to making music. After being discovered by rap stars Eminem and Dr. Dre, 50's career took off and the rest is history. "50 Cent" is about how a boy from New York grew up to become one of the new kings of hip-hop. Read about the hard life of one of hip-hop's biggest stars and how 50's life on the streets drove his music.

Alicia Keys
by C.F. Earl

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Alicia Keys has sold millions of albums and won many awards. The amazing singing talent has found success in a tough business. She's been able to stay successful for years and try new things at the same time. Today, Alicia is starting a family, making music, and even working on acting. "Alicia Keys" tells the story of how Alicia found success by staying true to herself. Read about how Alicia learned to play the piano as a child. Learn about Alicia's early career and how she's still making music she loves.

Beyonce
by Z.B. Hill

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Beyonce Knowles is one of the most famous women in the world. The singing superstar has become one of the biggest artists in music since making her start with the group Destiny's Child years ago. Beyonce has sold millions of albums and won many awards in her career. And now she's married to rapper Jay-Z and has a new daughter, Blue Ivy. It seems Beyonce has it all! "Beyonce" tells the story of how one girl from Texas grew up to be an international star. Read about Beyonce's rise to fame from her days in Destiny's Child to her hit solo albums. Learn what it takes to be one of the world's biggest celebrities.

Black Eyed Peas
by C.F. Earl

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Years ago, will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo formed a group called the Black Eyed Peas. Today, the group is one of the biggest acts in the world. The Peas have sold millions of albums and have had hit songs around the globe. "Black Eyed Peas" tells the story of how the Peas came to be, their personal and professional struggles, and their amazing success. Readers will learn about the pre-Fergie Peas and how Stacy Ferguson helped the Black Eyed Peas become worldwide names in hip-hop. In "Black Eyed Peas", readers will also find out how the group is like a family and how their strong bond is part of what has made the group so successful.

Ciara
by Z.B. Hill

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In a genre dominated by men, it can be hard for a female to be taken seriously. But the hip-hop world has taken notice of Ciara and welcomed her into its fold. "Ciara" tells the story of the young singer from Atlanta, Georgia. Readers will learn how she began her career in music, how she has risen to the top of the music charts, and how she plans to stay there. Perhaps more important, readers will discover how Ciara uses her music to counter the images that many people have of rap songs. Ciara tells of her desire to spread the message that women are not just sex objects; she wants women to realize their power as well. Ciara's music invites one to dance. It also encourages people to take a minute, to adjust the way they might think.

Dr. Dre
by C.F. Earl

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From his time in the group NWA to his work with Eminem, Dr. Dre has been a major part of hip-hop's history. The rapper/producer has been able to make hit music for years. Today, he's also moving into business with Beats by Dre. It seems there's nothing that Dre can't do! "Dr. Dre" tells the story of one of hip-hop's most important artists and producers. Read about Dre's role in starting Death Row Records and Aftermath Entertainment. Learn about what Dre has been through to reach his goals, and how he's survived tough times.

Drake
by C.F. Earl

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Drake is one of hip-hop's newest superstars. By mixing rapping and singing, tough lyrics and more emotional songs, Drake has found success in a tough business. Today, Drake has had successes with his first two albums and many hits with other artists. You can hardly turn on the radio without hearing the Canadian-born rapper! "Drake" tells the story of how Aubrey Graham became the megastar fans know today as Drake. Read about how Drake moved from acting in Canada to rapping with Lil Wayne. Learn about what it takes to succeed in today's rap game and how Drake's hard work is finally paying off.

Eminem
by Z.B. Hill

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Eminem is one of the most famous rappers of all time. His records have sold millions and he's won many awards for his music. Em's life was even made into a movie he starred in! Few artists become as famous and successful as Eminem. His success hasn't always been good for him, though. The megastar has had to deal with drug addiction and the high price of fame. "Eminem" tells the story of one of rap's most important artists. Read about how Em started rapping and became a star. Learn about his struggles with drugs and how he overcame addiction to find even greater success.

Flo Rida
by C.F. Earl

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In the last few years, Flo Rida has become one of hip-hop's biggest hit makers. Flo's music has kept people dancing around the world, and the new artist is just getting started. "Flo Rida" tells the story of one man working hard to reach his goals. Learn about how Flo grew up in a tough area and turned to music to keep him focused on success. Read about how Flo Rida used his talent to become a star around the world.

Hip Hop: A Short History
by C.F. Earl

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Today, hip-hop is everywhere. In music, fashion, art, and entertainment, hip-hop has become a language that we all understand. But it hasn't been that way for very long. Hip-hop grew from the neighborhoods of New York City to become a major part of life around the world. Learn about how slavery and the civil rights movement helped lead to the birth of hip-hop. Read about how break dancing, graffiti, and DJs all added to hip-hop. Find out how hip-hop has changed over the years. "Hip-Hop: A Short History" tells the story of how hip-hop started and how it became popular all over the world.

Jay-Z 
by C.F. Earl

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Jay-Z is one of hip-hop's biggest stars. The New York rapper has been successful in music for more than 15 years. His albums have sold millions and he's won many awards for his work. Jay's also found success in the business of hip-hop, too. His companies Roca Wear and Roc-Nation have been hugely successful. With "Watch the Throne", Jay continues to make great music fans love. "Jay-Z" is the story of how Jay went from selling drugs to selling records. Read about how Jay made smart decisions early on in his career and how he's stayed successful ever since.

Kanye West
by C.F. Earl

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Kanye West is on top of the rap world. His albums win awards and sell millions. He's been able to stay successful for years, all while trying new things and taking chances. Kanye's had some tough times on the road to reaching his goals. But he's never stopped believing that he can do anything he sets his mind to. Kanye's drive has helped him become one of hip-hop's biggest stars. "Kanye West" tells the story of how Kanye went from making beats in his bedroom to making his own hits. Read about Kanye's struggles after his mother died. Learn about Kanye's long path to success in music and how he's stayed successful for so many years.

Lil' Wayne
by C.F. Earl

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While most kids his age were playing sports, going to movies, watching television, or listening to music, Lil Wayne was planning his future. He knew what he wanted to do with his life, and it was never too early to start on his path to becoming a hip-hop legend. What made him so determined to become a success? "Lil Wayne" tells the story of his determination--how he bothered record executives until they gave him a deal, his first successes as part of Hot Boys, and how he almost single-handedly put Dirty South rap on the music map. It hasn't been all smooth sailing for the music star, and "Lil Wayne" tells that story too. Readers will also learn how he and other hip-hop stars came to the aid of the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

LL Cool J
by Z.B. Hill

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Since 1985, LL Cool J has been a major part of hip-hop. In the 1980s and '90s, LL sold millions of albums and had many hit songs. Today, many fans might know LL more for his acting, but music was LL's first love. "LL Cool J" tells the story of how LL made his name in rap when he was still just a teenager. Read about how LL became one of hip-hop's first superstars. Learn about how LL moved to making movies without giving up the music career he loved.

Ludacris
by C.F. Earl

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Ludacris has made a major impact on hip-hop. He's had hit songs, sold millions of albums, and won awards for his music. Ludacris has also moved into acting in movies like "Crash", and the "Fast and Furious" series. Ludacris has found success in movies and music. It seems there's nothing he can't do! "Ludacris" tells the story of how the Atlanta rapper went from selling CDs from his trunk to selling millions of albums around the world. Read about how Ludacris moved from music to movies. Learn about what drives him to reach his goals and how he's stayed successful for years.

Mary J. Blige
by C.F. Earl

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Mary J. Blige has been a major part of hip-hop and R&B for years. The singer has inspired artists like Beyoncé, Ashanti, and Alicia Keys--and she's had a lot of success of her own, too! Mary hasn't always had an easy life. Drugs and alcohol almost ended Mary's music career and she had a very tough childhood. But Mary made it through hard times to become a better person. Today, Mary J. Blige is making new music and giving back to others. "Mary J. Blige" tells the story of how Mary moved from a hard childhood to becoming a singing superstar. Read about how Mary changed her life for the better but always stayed true to herself.

Notorious B.I.G.
by Z.B. Hill

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Years after his death, Notorious B.I.G. is still thought of as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Fans haven't forgotten Biggie's impact on the hip-hop world. Big helped to make hip-hop what it is today. Without Notorious B.I.G., hip-hop would be very different today! "Notorious B.I.G." tells the story of how Christopher Wallace used his gifts to become a megastar. Readers will also learn about how hip-hop became popular around the world thanks to help from Biggie.

Rihanna
by Z.B. Hill

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Rihanna is one of music's biggest stars. The singer has had hit songs around the world. She's sold millions of albums and won many awards. Few artists reach the heights that Rihanna has--and the singing superstar is still in her early 20s! "Rihanna" tells the story of how a girl from Barbados grew up to be one of the most famous people on Earth! Read about Rihanna's tough childhood and how her pain drove her to succeed.

Sean
by Z.B. Hill

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Few people are as successful in business and music as Sean Combs. Today, Combs (also known as Diddy) makes music fans love and still has time to succeed in business. Combs has even won an Academy Award for producing a movie. It seems there's nothing he can't do! "Sean "Diddy" Combs" is the story of how one boy from the projects grew up to be one of the most powerful men in hip-hop. Read about how Combs became a star in the 1990s. Learn about how important Combs has been to the history of hip-hop and how he's stayed successful over the years by trying new things.

Snoop Dogg
by Z.B. Hill

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Snoop Dogg is one of hip-hop's most important stars. The California rapper has been making popular music for more than 20 years. He helped to make hip-hop as successful as it is today. Without Snoop Dogg, rap definitely wouldn't be the same! "Snoop Dogg" tells the story of how the rapper went from being part of a gang to settling down and starting a family. Learn about Snoop's early career and the war between East and West Coast rappers. Read about how Snoop Dogg has been able to stay successful for years and how he's still making new music for fans today.

T-Pain
by Z.B. Hill

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T-Pain has done a lot to change hip-hop. His auto-tuned sound has become very popular and has inspired several other artists. T-Pain has also had a great career of his own. He's worked with other artists to make big hits and his albums have sold millions. T-Pain has had an amazing career in music and he doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon. "T-Pain" tells the story of how the singer became the star fans know today. Learn about T-Pain's childhood and how he started making music as a kid. Read about how T-Pain first starting using auto-tune and made the sound his own.

T.I.
by C.F. Earl

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The man known by two initials--T.I.--is one of the most successful hip-hop artists today. "T.I." tells the story of this music idol who hit the ground running when he decided to become a hip-hop artist. T.I. has won many awards for his music, including prestigious Grammy Awards. He's worked with some of the biggest names in the business. But, he hasn't been content with just being a musician. T.I. has branched out into acting, appearing with some of the biggest names in that field as well. "T.I." also tells the story of T.I. the controversial figure. In a genre that is steeped in controversy, T.I. brings his own. But that's not all. He has given much back to the world through his charitable acts. "T.I." tells that story as well.

Timbaland
by C.F. Earl

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Timbaland is one of hip-hop's biggest producers. He's been making some of the biggest beats in the business for years. Timbaland has worked with many of the most popular artists in music and has made his own music, too. Timbaland has also inspired many other artists and producers during his career. Few producers have had as big an effect on the music they make as Timbaland has. "Timbaland" is the story of how the producer worked hard to reach his goals. Read about his early work with rapper Missy Elliot and his hits with singer Justin Timberlake. Learn about Timbaland's drive to succeed and how losing singer Aaliyah changed his life.

Tupac
by Z.B. Hill

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Tupac Shakur was one of hip-hop's most important people. He may be gone today, but Tupac's music and messages live on. Few artists have the kind of effect on fans that Tupac had. Years after his death, hip-hop fans still listen to Tupac and remember the impact he had on hip-hop. "Tupac" tells the story of how Shakur started making music and became a megastar. Read about Tupac's amazing music career and his tragic death. Learn about how hip-hop would be very different without Tupac Shakur.

Usher
by Z.B. Hill

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Usher is one of music's biggest stars. He's won awards and sold millions of albums. Not only is he working on his own music, but he's also bringing other artists to the world. Usher made Justin Bieber a star after seeing the young singer on "YouTube". Usher's such a big star he can make others famous! "Usher" tells the story of how Usher became the star fans know today. Read about how Usher went from singing in church to singing at sold-out shows. Learn about how Usher has found success in music and acting.




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