at #JPLMagazine, we’re always looking for new ways to explore the world of Hip Hop, both its sonic and cultural influence. Our own DJ LSP has a passion for a particular literary subgenre, that of the Hip Hop memoir, and in the coming months he’ll be sharing his syllabus with you our readers.

I’m really interested in the stories of the people from our generation (Hip Hop) being told. Memoirs used to be about people and events before our time.

“And Hip Hop is still growing and changing.”

Yeah. My parents and people in their generation didn’t understand the movement when it started. Now Hip Hop is widely, globally recognized and being taught as a genre of music as well as a culture and philosophy.


Be sure to follow LSP on Twitter and Soundcloud, and stay tuned right here at #JPLMagazine where he’ll be providing an insightful look at the tales of the emcees, producers, agents, and icons of our beloved artform, Hip Hop.


LSP’s Syllabus – The First Ten

Prodigy of Mobb DeepLL Cool J – I Make My Own Rules (1997)

Rev Run – It’s Like That: A Spiritual Memoir (2000)

DMC – King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility, and My Life with Run-DMC (2001)

DMX – E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX (2003)

Ice T A MemoirProdigy – My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy (2012)

Grandmaster Flash – The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats (2008)

Kool Moe Dee – There’s a God on the Mic: The True 50 Greatest MCs (2003)

Ice T – Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-From South Central to Hollywood (2011)

Cee Lo – Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer (2011)

Taboo (of The Black Eyed Peas) – Fallin’ Up: My Story (2011)


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