Live Sessions Hip Hop icon Dana Dane hosts Question and Answer session with Author Soren Baker Photo DJ Luos for The Hype Magazine

Published on October 12th, 2018 | by DJ Luos


Exclusive: ‘The History Of Gangster Rap’ Book Signing and Q&A with Author Soren Baker Hosted by Hip Hop Icon Dana Dane

The Hype Magazine Exclusive: Watch our coverage of the book signing and author Q&A for “The History Of Gangster Rap” Written By Soren Baker (Hosted By Dana Dane). The Hype Magazine brings you exclusive footage, interviews and sound bites from the historical book release held at Barnes & Noble inside “The Grove” in Los Angeles. Soren Baker tells how Jorge Hinojosa (Ice-T’s manager) played a big part in inspiring him to write the book. Dana Dane asks questions about the process of writing “The History Of Gangster Rap.

Soren Baker’s The History Of Gangster Rap was released October 5, 2018, and became the No. 1 new release on Amazon’s Music History & Criticism Chart during its first week in stores.

The Hype Magazine’s DJ Luos and HengGee Garcia (also pictured in the book) covered every angle! Tune In

The History of Gangster Rap is a deep dive into one of the most fascinating subgenres of any music category to date. Sixteen detailed chapters, organized chronologically, examine the evolution of gangster rap, its main players, and the culture that created this revolutionary music. From still-swirling conspiracy theories about the murders of Biggie and Tupac to the release of the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, the era of gangster rap is one that fascinates music junkies and remains at the forefront of pop culture. Filled with interviews with key players such as Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, and dozens more, as well as sidebars, breakout bios of notorious characters, lists, charts, and more, The History of Gangster Rap is the be-all-end-all book that contextualizes the importance of gangster rap as a cultural phenomenon.

Soren Baker has had more than 3,500 articles published in such publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, XXL, The Source and The Maryland native has penned liner notes for albums by 2Pac, Ice Cube, N.W.A, Gang Starr and others. Baker has also worked on television programs for VH1 and Fuse and has sold a movie script. With Xzibit, Baker was the co-host of Open Bar Radio on 93.5 KDAY in Los Angeles.

Author Soren Baker (Photo: DJ Luos for The Hype Magazine)

“The History of Gangster Rap” Author Soren Baker (Photo: DJ Luos for The Hype Magazine)

Raised in the Walt Whitman housing project in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Dane first displayed his talents as a member of a rap group, Kongol Crew, which he formed with High School of Music and Arts classmate Slick Rick. While his debut single, “Nightmare,” offered hints of his talents, Dane broke through commercially with his first full-length album, Dana Dane With Fame, in 1987. The success of the album, which achieved gold record status, was matched by subsequent albums Dana Dane 4 Ever in 1990 and Rollin’ Wit Dane in 1995. In 2006, Dana began exploring his passion as a writer and adopted his classic Hip Hop story raps: Cinderfella, Nightmares, Chester and others into a book of short stories “Dana Dane’s Hip Hop Tales”. This would prove to be Dana’s training ground for the release of his debut novel, NUMBERS, via Nikki Turner’s publishing brand.

Hip Hop Icon Dana Dane at Soren Baker's The History of Gangster Rap Book Signing (Photo: DJ Luos for The Hype Magazine)

Hip Hop Icon Dana Dane hosts Author Soren Baker’s “The History of Gangster Rap” Book Signing (Photo: DJ Luos for The Hype Magazine)

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