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The History of Gangster Rap is a deep dive into one of the most fascinating subgenres of any music category to date. Sixteen detailed chapters, organized chronologically, examine the evolution of gangster rap, its main players, and the culture that created this revolutionary music. From still-swirling conspiracy theories about the murders of Biggie and Tupac to the release of the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, the era of gangster rap is one that fascinates music junkies and remains at the forefront of pop culture. Filled with interviews with key players such as Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, and dozens more, as well as sidebars, breakout bios of notorious characters, lists, charts, and more, The History of Gangster Rap is the be-all-end-all book that contextualizes the importance of gangster rap as a cultural phenomenon.
"The History of Gangster Rap is the essential book that contextualizes the importance of gangster rap as a cultural phenomenon." The Source
Soren Baker has written more than 3,500 articles, and his work is published in such outlets as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone. He has interviewed dozens of rappers including Eminem, Jay Z, Ice Cube, Kanye West, and more. Baker has written and produced for VH1 and has been featured on camera on VH1, ESPN, E! Entertainment, and Fuse. Baker is currently cowriting a screenplay with Snoop Dogg.