#ReadTheMessage: 10 Hip Hop Books You Need to Read

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Know the Ledge

These books touch upon various perspectives of the culture from the historical side, to the street elements, to the artists' own perspectves. These books may not help you become a better rapper, but they can offer you a better vantage point on rap. If you have a moment, do the history and read up on the culture that you breathe, eat and love.

(Photos from left: Touchstone, From Here to Fame, Basic Civitas Books)

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