News: Nas' "Illmatic" To Land On Bookshelves, Writers Reflect On Rapper's Debut LP

Friday, Nov 6, 2009 4:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-nominated rapper Nas' Illmatic will land in a textual form next month with writer Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai's release of Born To Use Mics, a break-down of the New York emcee's debut album.

The book will focus on a variety of writers' reflections toward Nasty Nas' highly-acclaimed album.

The best and brightest writers of the hip-hop generation reflect upon the era's landmark album: Nas's Illmatic. From the moment then nineteen-year-old Nasir "Nas" Jones began recording tracks for his debut album the hip-hop world was forever changed. Released in 1994, Illmatic, was hailed as a masterpiece and is one of the most influential albums in hip-hop history. In Born to Use Mics, Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai have brought together the brightest minds to reflect upon and engage one of the most incisive sets of songs ever laid down on wax. (Rap Radar)

Aside from Dyson and Daulatzai, the project also features nearly a dozen more writers.

Contributers include Adilifu Nama, Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., James Peterson, Marc Lamont Hill, Michael Eric Dyson, Mark Anthony Neal, Kyra Gaunt, Eddie S. Gladue, Jr., Imani Perry and more. (Amazon)

The Fugees' Wyclef Jean recently spoke on the motivation behind delivering a tell-all memoir.

"Coming from where I came from and being one of the only Haitian entertainers to make it where I've made it to, I think when people read the memoir they will better learn the story," Clef explained in an interview. "And you know it's going to be several books. I just felt like it was time to do the first one. Wyclef Jean's name is more famous than Wyclef, so I was like yeah I gotta go ahead and lay out the first story. In the first book, there's no way that I can't mention The Fugees because that was done inside of the basement in my uncle's house and that plays a crucial part of the Wyclef Jean story, period." (Hip Hop DX)

Arists like Jay-Z, Styles P, The Clipse's Malice and Kanye West have also put together new books.

Mr. West's Through the Wire is a graphic memoir that illustrates the lyrics of twelve Kanye West songs to tell his story, from his decision to drop out of college to pursue his dreams in music, through his days spent folding chinos at the Gap while struggling at night to make a name as a producer, through the pivotal car accident that eventually set him on the course to stardom and the epiphany of realizing exactly who he had become. Plympton illustrates each of the songs in detail, his vision of Kanye's world. The songs are annotated with explanations of the references in the songs, biographical components that illuminate the lyrics, and their meaning on a deeply personal level. (Simon & Schuster)

Nas' Born To Use Mics lands in stores Monday, December 28th.

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