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    Rap-Up: The Ultimate Guide to Hip-Hop and R&B

    Rap-Up: The Ultimate Guide to Hip-Hop and R&B

    Ultimate Guide to Hip-Hop and R&B
    Author: Devin & Cameron Lazerine
    Review By Anthony Sims
    Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
    Posted: May 2008
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    The founders of Rap-Up magazine, brothers Devin and Cameron Lazerine, recently held an event in NYC to celebrate their 3 year anniversary and book release. The book titled “Rap-Up: The Ultimate Guide to Hip-Hop and R&B” hit bookstores in February and the brothers are considered hip-hop gods when it comes to knowing everything from A to Jay-Z. In 2006 the magazine was nominated for “Best New Consumer Publication” at the Maggie Awards and has featured artist’s such as Pharrell, T.I., Mary J. Blige and Ludacris to name a few.

    The event held on April 17 featured a performance by Teyana Taylor(Star Trak/Interscope) and Keri Hilson played the MC for the event which was held at the Adidas Originals store in NYC’s trendy SOHO neighborhood. Artist’s such as Nina Sky and Kwame came out to show love and support for the two brothers who have paid there dues and managed to build a nice niche in the world of hip-hop.

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    Pretty Vacant: A History of U.K. Punk -  book review by Jeff Muendel

    Pretty Vacant: A History of U.K. Punk - book review by Jeff Muendel

    Pretty Vacant: A History of UK Punk
    Author: Phil Strongman
    Review By Jeff Muendel
    Publisher: Chicago Review Press
    Posted: Feb 2008
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    Though the book’s title suggests a dedicated concentration on the British punk rock explosion, the author begins well before that detonation in 1976 and deals, quite properly, with punk’s beginnings in the United States. All roads lead to the Sex Pistols, however, as the group is quite uncontested as being the pinnacle of the U.K. punk movement, ands therefore the central focus of the book…..

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