Life and Death and New Orleans Rap
By (author) Nik Cohn
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Triksta by Nik Cohn
Book DescriptionWhat lunacy would cause a 55-year-old white male to embroil himself in the world of New Orleans rap - as ideas man, talent-spotter, lyricist, and would-be producer? Nik Cohn has loved (and hated) hip-hop since its birth and loved (and hated) New Orleans for even longer - an addiction he's never wanted to kick. But nothing prepared him for the experience of being pitched, more or less by accident, into the role of Triksta, rap impresario. A white alien in a black world, with no funding or qualifications, and not a clue what he was doing, he had to rethink himself from scratch. Surrounded by a cast that included such names as Choppa and Soulja Slim, Big Ramp and Lil T, Bass Heavy, Fifth Ward Weebie, and Shorty Brown Hustle, he entered a world of tiny backstreet studios, broken-down slums and gun turfs. Triksta is the story of a three-year odyssey to the heart of rap, and New Orleans, and self-knowledge.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099474753
(198mm x 130mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Heart of the World, Paperback (May 2017)
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Describing the music and cutting through the hype, this book was written with a simple purpose to catch the feel, the pulse of Rock.
Triksta, Paperback / softback (April 2007)» View all books by Nik Cohn
Cohn captures a music that's hugely popular but rarely understood, and with transcendent humanity he reveals New Orleans in all its tragic beauty. The work is a mesmerizing account of a city, its music, and a way of life that often embraces death.
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Author Biography - Nik Cohn
Nik Cohn was brought up in Derry, Northern Ireland. His books include I Am Still the Greatest Says Johnny Angelo, Ball the Wall, The Heart of the World, Need and Triksta: Life and Death and New Orleans Rap. He also wrote the story that gave rise to Saturday Night Fever and collaborated on Rock Dreams and Twentieth Century Dreams with the artist Guy Peellaert. He lives in New York.
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