The Truth About Books & Hip Hop

Posted: April 4, 2013 by reallyrashida in Uncategorized
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“Toxic” by Cleveland’s Really Rashida – An Urban Suspense Novel

The Hip Hop community is one of the most misunderstood. The stereotypical rap fan is uneducated, superficial, and lazy. As children of Hip Hop we know that nothing could be farther from the truth. There is a real place for books and literacy in Hip Hop. Here are three facts to prove my point:

  1. The saying “Black people don’t read.” is a myth! – I grew up watching both of my parents read. My friends and I read books all the time growing up and we still read the latest juicy urban novels to this day. There are plenty of us that read for enjoyment. If not, there wouldn’t be a market for black books.
  2. Most of your favorite rappers have written books. – Here is a list of just some of the rappers that have written books since 2009:
  • T.I.
  • Jay-Z
  • 50 Cent
  • Styles P
  • Lil’ Wayne
  • Malice of Clipse
  • Eminem
  • RZA of Wu Tang
  • Pharell
  • The Game
  • Lil’ B (Now if HE can write a damn book anybody can!)
  1. 3. The same stories are told. – The story of the streets. When you listen to your favorite rapper they have the lyrics. Books have the word on the page. That is really the only difference.



Really Rashida is the author of The Toxic Series and blogger for Her Urban Beauty and The Ohio Hip Hop Awards. She is currently on tour promoting “Toxic”. Details HERE. CLICK HERE to purchase her books visit








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