2pac vs. Biggie:An Illustrated History of Rap´s Greatest Battle Jeff Weiss, Evan McGarvey
Ice Cube is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the seminal rap group N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit Attitudes). After leaving N.W.A. in December 1989, he built a successful solo career in music and films. Additionally, he has served as one of the producers of the Showtime television series Barbershop and the TBS series Are We There Yet?, both of which are based upon films in which he portrayed the main character. Ice Cube is noted as a proficient lyricist and storyteller and is regarded as a brutally honest rapper; his lyrics are often political or socio-political, as well as violent, confrontational, and aggressive, and he is considered one of the founding artists in gangsta rap. He was ranked number 8 on MTV´s list of the 10 Greatest MCs of All Time, while fellow rapper Snoop Dogg ranked Ice Cube as the greatest MC of all time. AllMusic has called him one of hip-hop´s best and most controversial artists, as well as ´´one of rap´s greatest storytellers´´. In 2012, The Source ranked him number 14 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. In 2014, About.com ranked him No. 11 on their list of the ´´50 Greatest MCs of All Time´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Hatak. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066182/bk_acx0_066182_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sacramento’s greatest commodity isn’t the Kings, trees, the Farm-to-Fork Festival, or being the capitol of California. Around the world, Sacramento is most known for its rap music. Sac’s rich 35-year rap history is admired far beyond our borders. With Mozzy’s success and X-Raided’s prison release, Sac rap is bigger than ever!The History Of Sacramento Rap: The Rise and Fall takes an in-depth look at the controversial history of our Sacramento rap culture. Did you know Def Jam almost signed Sac´s first rap group in the ´80s? Did you know Dr. Dre scratched on the first released Sac rap song in the ´80s? Do you know why Brotha Lynch left Black Market Records? Do you know what lead to Sac rap’s 2009 fall?Learn yo history! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Colen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/133832/bk_acx0_133832_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
(Enviken) 13 tracks Fast forward to 2017 and another trip to Sweden, when Staffansson brought Ruest together again with Mattias Hyttsten (drums) and Peter Fröbom (bass). ´They are a great rockabilly backing band, with an almost Howlin’ Wolf feel. I geared a few songs toward that and just let the guys play what they felt, and they kicked ass. They are big fans of Nick Curran and my CDs, so they knew the style and sounds I was looking for.´ The fabulous piano playing belongs to the storied Gene Taylor, a citizen of the world. Among the other musicians on Been Gone Too Long is Knock Out Greg, one of Sweden’s premier bandleaders and a touring partner of Ruest’s from the Primich tribute, on harp. Austrian native Christian Dozzler, a longtime Texas resident and friend of Ruest’s, plays accordion on the Gulf Coast-style rocker, ´Henhouse To The Doghouse.´ If ´Henhouse´ sounds a bit like a lost Rockpile tune, it’s because Billy Bremner plays guitar on it. (Ruest met the Scottish great at the band house maintained by his Swedish promoter.) Marti Brom, who happened to be in the studio, blows the top off of the Jimmy Reed-inspired ´Get Your Mind Out Of That Gutter,´, John Lindberg one of Swedens premiere Rockabillies whom is a regular at the Enviken Studio dropped by and layed down some real cool guitar on ´Nobody Cares´ and even a bassline on the aforementioned ´Henhouse´ and Wes Race, Fort Worth, Texas’s preeminent hipster, raps over the funky grind of ´Jivetalk.´ Been Gone Too Long extends Ruest’s winning formula for making outstanding blues records: Guitar playing that ranges from savage to sophisticated, honest vocals, and a lockstep connection with the band that gives the set power, finesse, and a fine-tuned dynamic range. The program offers a couple of fresh covers–Guitar Slim’s ´´Sufferin’ Mind,´ reimagined as an intense Elmore James number, and Arthur Alexander’s timeless ´The Girl That Radiates That Charm´–and a host of incisive original songs: the swinging ´Real Proud Papa´; ´Too Cool For School´ with its big, Bo Diddley beat; the Latin-tinged ´Nobody Cares´; the Wolf-like stomp ´I’m Going Home´; the rocking ´´I Quit´; ´Can’t Take No More´ and ´True Found Baby,´ which acknowledge B.B. King’s early sides; and the slow drag of the title track. The essence of blues tradition past, present, and future, is in good hands with Chris Ruest. Tom Hyslop Contributing Editor, Blues Music Magazine.
Beautiful Queen Inos married the loyal stableboy Rap and made him her king. They were very much in love, and they lived happily ever after. Fifteen years went by. Rap and Inos were comfortable, secure, and truly happy, raising their family in the little backwater kingdom of Krasnegar, well removed from the hurly-burly of great affairs.... But in far-off Hub, the old Imperor´s health - and, some said, his sanity - deteriorated inexorably. The borderlands were seething, Prince Emshandar - or Shandie, as Rap knew him - found himself leading his grandfather´s armies into terrible battles where victory and justice hung in gravest doubt. And now the end of the millennium was at hand, ushered in by prophecies of cataclysmic upheaval on a scale never before imagined. All across Pandemia, sensible people tried to dismiss a growing sense of unease as superstitious nonsense. Then a God appeared to Rap and warned him that the prophecies spoke the least of the truth. Devastation was a certainty; total destruction loomed. The very fabric of the world was at risk. And it was all Rap´s fault. The lasting in the world Rap had wanted was another adventure. And it might be the last thing he would ever get. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mil Nicholson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005462/bk_adbl_005462_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.