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Now in paperback, preeminent music journalist Ronin Ro tells the gripping tale of how Run-D.M.C.--hip-hop's first multi-platinum selling artists--forever transformed the expression of American popular culture and created a multi-billion dollar industry. Raising Hell chronicles Run-D.M.C.'s epic story through candid original interviews and true and exclusive details about their extraordinary rise to the top. Readers will learn about their early feuds with jealous peers such as L.L. Cool J, their mentoring of legendary groups like The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, their battles with producers, record executives, and each other; never before revealed details about Jam Master Jay's murder, and the legendary Russell Simmons' role in both the group's astounding success and their ultimate demise; and through it all how Run-D.M.C. changed everything about popular culture and American race relations by dragging rap from the streets into the corporate boardroom. Meticulously researched and compellingly written, Ronin Ro delivers an affecting behind-the-music tale of family, friendship, betrayal, murder, and the building of hip-hop.

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"A definitive book." -- New York Times on Have Gun Will Travel "The read of the year." -- Chicago Tribune on Have Gun Will Travel "A definitive book."--New York Times on Have Gun Will Travel "[Ro] pulls no punches in a work of nonfiction that reads like a novel."--Miami Herald on Have Gun Will Travel "Brilliant reporting...Hip-hop fans of all ages will delight in this gripping tale of sex, drugs, and rock n'rap."--Smooth Magazine "The read of the year."--Chicago Tribune on Have Gun Will Travel "A spicy, provocative, beautifully written take on one of hip-hop's most storied groups. "----Michael Eric Dyson, author of Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur "As gory as a car wreck that we are unable to turn away from."--Washington Post on Have Gun Will Travel "A revelatory (and titillating) page-turner for fans and the uninitiated alike."--San Francisco Chronicle "If Bob Woodward had street cred and could write about hip hop, his name would be Ronin Ro!"----Dr. Todd Boyd, aka The Notorious Ph.D., is the author of Young Black Rich and Famous and The New H.N.I.C. He is Professor of Critical Studies in the USC School of Cinema-Television--Dr. Todd Boyd, aka The Notorious Ph.D., is the author of Young Black "In Raising Hell, one of hip-hop's most important stories meets one of its most compelling storytellers."----Bakari Kitwana, author of Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes and the New Reality of Race in America "Mesmerizing and provocative account of the lives of Run-D.M.C and Jam Master Jay..."----Raquel Z. Rivera, author of New York Ricans and the Hip Hop Zone "Will enthrall both pop sociologists and armchair thrill seekers."--Entertainment Weekly on Have Gun Will Travel A spicy, provocative, beautifully written take on one of hip-hop s most storied groups. ----Michael Eric Dyson, author of Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur" Mesmerizing and provocative account of the lives of Run-D.M.C and Jam Master Jay... ----Raquel Z. Rivera, author of New York Ricans and the Hip Hop Zone" In Raising Hell, one of hip-hop s most important stories meets one of its most compelling storytellers. ----Bakari Kitwana, author of Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes and the New Reality of Race in America" If Bob Woodward had street cred and could write about hip hop, his name would be Ronin Ro! ----Dr. Todd Boyd, aka The Notorious Ph.D., is the author of Young Black Rich and Famous and The New H.N.I.C. He is Professor of Critical Studies in the USC School of Cinema-Television--Dr. Todd Boyd, aka The Notorious Ph.D., is the author of Young Black" A definitive book. --New York Times on Have Gun Will Travel" Will enthrall both pop sociologists and armchair thrill seekers. --Entertainment Weekly on Have Gun Will Travel" The read of the year. --Chicago Tribune on Have Gun Will Travel" [Ro] pulls no punches in a work of nonfiction that reads like a novel. --Miami Herald on Have Gun Will Travel" As gory as a car wreck that we are unable to turn away from. --Washington Post on Have Gun Will Travel" Brilliant reporting...Hip-hop fans of all ages will delight in this gripping tale of sex, drugs, and rock n rap. --Smooth Magazine" A revelatory (and titillating) page-turner for fans and the uninitiated alike. --San Francisco Chronicle"

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