The new expanded 2nd Revised edition of the famed reference book
Freddy Fresh Presents The Rap Records is available
as a special limited edition pressing
This brand new edition features:
UK Rap scene Introduction by Record Collector Magazine
Contributor Dudley Jaynes
1990's Introduction by Classic MC
6X9 Paperback 740 Pages in length
Over 2,500 Full Color Photo's
Section on Bootlegs and Mastermixes
Updated British and foreign Labels throughout book
Now Listing Records to 1994 and beyond
Photo's of Rare Old New York Area Records Stores
Extensive Comprehensive Index
Highest Price Paid Auction Guide
Interviews With Famous Collectors and Auctioneers
Section on distinguishing Bootlegs from Originals
Freddy Fresh Presents The Rap Records
Freddy Fresh's "The Rap Records" is a landmark in not only rap history but in addressing the obvious. The clear need for documentation of recorded rap history cannot be underestimated; if there is no written history, then it fail to exist for future generations. This is the same thing as pretending that these thousands of records never existed. The book is not just a collector reference, but a fascinating look at the breadth and intricacies of rap music overall, "The Rap Records" is nothing short of essential for anyone's rap library. This unique and clearly lovingly-detailed project is the result of over 20 years of experience and pure love of the form and its documentation. Support this grassroots effort and buy "The Rap Records" while you still can, as no one who is in the least interested in rap history should not have a copy. Utterly indispensable. --- d.u. proserpio, Massachusetts, July 2007
Some Reviews on The First Sold Out Edition of Freddy Fresh presents The Rap Records 1979-1988 300 Pages 950 Color Photo's
This book is beyond belief! Anyone who considers themself an old-school hip-hop head HAS to have this. Just in flipping through the pages I am amazed at the detail of all the information presented. Case in point, I was part of a group that made a record back in 1983. I totally lost track of not only the record, but the rest of the guys in the group
( Rickey G & the Everloving 5).
I have searched all over the internet, ebay.. everywhere I could think of and I never found any information about this record. Yet here it's not only listed, but the actual Label from the record is shown as well. In addition the comments mention that it was Rahzel's (from the Roots) first record. How could he have known that??? Incredible!
G. Carr "Shorty G" (Jamaica, NY) -
I love this book... I always knew there were alot of independent hip-hop records in the 80's but when I read this book and saw all the detailed and numerous listings it was like someone had punch me in the face...wow! I never expected it to be this much... Freddy Fresh deserves much respect for preserving this invaluable info and keeping old school hip-hop alive!...
The Yonx "majdi51" (Yonkers, New York United States)
Freddie Fresh's photo appears on the inner sleeve of Boogie Down Productions' first album, so he's no new jack. This latest revision of his invaluable book defies all expectations. The attention to detail and the uncovering of lost classics on impossibly obscure labels, some of which existed to release a single 12", is a labor of love. It is impossible to withold admiration for someone who actually cares profoundly about the *history* of hip-hop. Not only did this book require the patience of a saint to assemble (witness the hundreds of inner label scans/photos), but it also brings to light how easily the complex histories of African-American musical culture might be lost altogether. Freddie is one person who will simply not allow that to happen. A book of staggering proportions *and* one that will be of interest even to those who aren't hip-hop heads given its exploration of the minutiae of an art form that has altered American life from the late 20th century onwards.
chantdown "angel of history" (East Lansing, MI USA)