Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

This awesome book won the American Book Award so it’s got street cred.

Hip-hop is one of the most complex and vibrant music scenes. It’s come a long way since its birth in the 1960s and undergone a process of constant reinvention to remain relevant today.

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is the most essential history of the movement told in the words of many of hip-hops most influential artists.

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Why We Love Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Jeff Chang’s attention to detail in this book is incredible and his understanding of how hip-hop and the post civil rights era American became entwined is breathtaking. 

The interviews with Ice Cube, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D and more, offer real illumination to the insights provided too through the lens of the scene’s progenitors. 

And the writing is entertaining and interesting, you won’t ever be bored by what Jeff has to say.


Final Thoughts

This book is a huge achievement and the incredible scope of the work might have defeated a lesser author, instead, what you have in Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is the definitive guide to hip hop and it’s incredible. 

If you want to listen to the latest hip hop, try one of these awesome free music apps, if you’re looking for other interesting reads about music check out our most essential music books or our favorite music blogs. 

You can grab a copy online here.

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