Hip-Hop: The Beat of America (History Comics)

by Jarrett Williams (Author)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: History Comics


How did a bunch of young people from the inner city create a genre of music that became a global phenomenon? From its humble origins at house parties in the Bronx, where DJs mixed old records to create new sounds, charismatic MCs let their clever lyrics flow, and B-boys and B-girls pioneered inventive dance moves, hip-hop quickly became a musical and cultural revolution.

Hip-Hop: The Beat of America

Meet Aaliyah, a hip-hop superfan who is about to get a lesson in all things “old school” courtesy of her dad, who grew up in the 1970s when rap music first hit the scene. The pair take a day trip to the Bronx where Aaliyah discovers the many unsung heroes who helped create the foundations of the hip-hop we all enjoy today. So get ready to drop the beat, bust a move, and get down with some fresh rap knowledge!

Perfect for readers of Can't Stop, Won't Stop and Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.

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Jarrett Williams
Jarrett Williams was born in New Orleans, LA. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA & MFA in Sequential Art). In addition to his pro-wrestling/adventure series Super Pro K.O.! (Oni Press) his kids detective graphic novel series, Harper Sharp (Random House) debuts in 2024. He also worked on Rick & Morty monthly comics and Rico Nasty: Nightmare Vacation (Z2 Comics). He loves classic JRPGs/anime and still draws his comics by hand.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
First Second
Publication date
January 02, 2024
History Comics
BISAC categories
JNF036060 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Music | Rap & Hip Hop
JNF062020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | History
Library of Congress categories
History and criticism
Graphic novels
Rap musicians
Comics (Graphic works)
Historical comics
Nonfiction comics
Rap (Music)
Analysis, appreciation

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