This series introduces hip-hop's best and brightest names, highlighting prominent artists in the hip-hop industry and how their music has made a mark. Books focus on the careers of these talented artists, exploring how they got their start in the business, following their rise to fame, and highlighting their musical inspiration, charity work, and business ventures. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
- Spring 2019
- Fall 2018
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 7|
|BISACS||JNF007040, JNF036060, JNF039000|
|Number of Pages||112|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Dimensions||6.25 x 9.25|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary of key words, Index, Informative sidebars, Reviewed, Sources for further research, and Table of contents|
|Online Resources||FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network|
Chance the Rapper: Independent Innovator (Hip-Hop Artists) – Booklist
Readers of this entry in the Hip-Hop Artists series will receive an in-depth look at Chance’s musical influences, personal life, philanthropy, and love of Chicago. Readers should make good use out of the book’s time line, sidebars, “Essential Facts,” glossary, vocabulary words, and additional resources for young readers passionate about the music. A concise look at Chance’s humble rise as an independent artist to a world-renowned rapper.
Hip-Hop Artists – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
Up-to-date, detailed accounts of hip-hop music’s most famous artists offer insight into their lives and music before and after they rose to superstardom. The books are lengthy and . . . true fans will savor the minutiae along with the time lines, sidebars, and photos. The text also manages to provide facts without moralizing. (The only mention of parental objection comes from Kanye West’s parents, who were “not always thrilled with rap and hip hop music” because some lyrics “were insulting to women and African Americans.”) The authors dedicate much of their attention to the charitable contributions made by these industry titans. Informative and balanced coverage of popular figures for middle and high school students.