Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap, Ben Westhoff
  • List: $25.98  |  Sale: $18.19
    Club: $12.99
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap

Author: Ben Westhoff

Narrator: Jackson JD

Unabridged: 15 hr 17 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Published: 09/13/2016

Genre: Music - Genres & Styles - Rap & Hip Hop

Includes: Bonus PDF

Synopsis

"Raw, authoritative, and unflinching ... An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era."---Kirkus, starred reviewA monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos of late 1980s Los Angeles: N.W.A. Led by a drug dealer, a glammed-up producer, and a high school kid, N.W.A gave voice to disenfranchised African Americans across the country. And they quickly redefined pop culture across the world. Their names remain as popular as ever--Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube. Dre soon joined forces with Suge Knight to create the combustible Death Row Records, which in turn transformed Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur into superstars.Ben Westhoff explores how this group of artists shifted the balance of hip-hop from New York to Los Angeles. He shows how N.W.A.'s shocking success lead to rivalries between members, record labels, and eventually a war between East Coast and West Coast factions. In the process, hip-hop burst into mainstream America at a time of immense social change, and became the most dominant musical movement of the last thirty years. At gangsta rap's peak, two of its biggest names--Tupac and Biggie Smalls--were murdered, leaving the surviving artists to forge peace before the genre annihilated itself. Featuring extensive investigative reporting, interviews with the principal players, and dozens of never-before-told stories, Original Gangstas is a groundbreaking addition to the history of popular music.

Recommended

Doctors of Rhythm Hip Hops Greatest Producers Speak, Jake Brown
Doctors of Rhythm
by Jake Brown

DOCTORS OF RHYTHM: Hip Hop's Greatest Producers Speak! features exclusive interviews with legendary producers Wyclef Jean, Boi 1da, Pete Rock, Mike Dean, Mannie Fresh, Easy Mo Bee, Eric B., Mario C., Jeff Bass, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Afrika Islam, Drumma Bo...

Narrator: Jake Brown; various entertainers
Published: 12/05/2017

Rap Dad A Story of Family and the Subculture That Shaped a Generation, Juan Vidal
Rap Dad
by Juan Vidal

A timely reflection on identity in America, exploring the intersection of fatherhood, race, and hip-hop culture.Just as his music career was taking off, Juan Vidal received life-changing news: he’d soon be a father. Throughout his life, neglec...

Narrator: Juan Vidal
Published: 09/25/2018

Signifying Rappers, Mark Costello
Signifying Rappers
by Mark Costello

Finally back in print--David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello's exuberant exploration of rap music and culture. Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortab...

Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Published: 07/23/2013

Def Jam, Inc. Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, and the Extraordinary Story of the World's Most Influential Hip-Hop Label, Stacy Gueraseva
Def Jam, Inc.
by Stacy Gueraseva

Def Jam is the hip-hop label that introduced mainstream America to the likes of Run DMC, LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Slick Rick. Beginning in the NYU dorm room of co-founder Rick Rubin, this never-before-told story captures ...

Narrator: Kevin R. Free
Published: 07/13/2006

Ruffhouse From the Streets of Philly to the Top of the '90s Hip-Hop Charts, Chris Schwartz
Ruffhouse
by Chris Schwartz

How Ruffhouse Records founder Chris Schwartz overcame poverty, abuse, and addiction to start one of the most pivotal labels in hip-hop history and launch the careers of some of music's biggest stars"All respect to Chris Schwartz. He is a great visio...

Narrator: Ms. Lauryn Hill
Published: 06/18/2019

The History of Gangster Rap From Schoolly D to Kendrick Lamar, the Rise of a Great American Art Form, Soren Baker
The History of Gangster Rap
by Soren Baker

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 ...

Narrator: Xzibit
Published: 07/23/2019

God Save the Queens The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop, Kathy Iandoli
God Save the Queens
by Kathy Iandoli

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop meets Girls to the Front in this essential and long overdue history of hip-hop’s female pioneers and its enduring stars.Every history of hip-hop previously published, from Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop W...

Narrator: Kathy Iandoli
Published: 10/22/2019

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Jeff Chang
Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
by Jeff Chang

Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiraci...

Narrator: Mirron Willis
Published: 08/02/2016

Chuck D. Presents This Day in Rap and Hip Hop History, Chuck D
Chuck D. Presents This Day in Rap and Hip Hop History
by Chuck D

A comprehensive, chronological survey of rap and hip hop from 1973 to the present by Chuck D, arguably the most influential rapper in the world.In the more than 40 years since the days of DJ Kool Herc and "Rapper's Delight," hip hop and rap have be...

Narrator: Shepard Fairey
Published: 10/10/2017
{"id":"1464578","ean":"9781478912767","abr":"Unabridged","title":"Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap","subtitle":"The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap","author":"Ben Westhoff","rating_average":"4.78","narrator":"Jackson JD","ubr_id":"1464578","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"25.98","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"16.89","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"Jackson JD","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 15 hr 15 min","abr_length":"Abridged: "}