Noted author, lecturer
and veteran Hip-Hop journalist, Adisa "The Bishop" Banjoko will be releasing
his second book "Lyrical Swords Volume 2: Westside Rebellion" on January
The book is a collection of essays and interviews about the
social, spiritual and cultural trends inside Hip-Hop and features chapters on
chess and Hip-Hop, martial arts, the prison industrial complex and how Hip-Hop
failed in the last election.
The book also includes interviews with numerous rap acts, including
some that were never before published.
"I’ve always cared deeply about what motivates these artists,"
Banjoko told AllHipHop.com. "I’m giving all Hip-Hop fans across the board,
a real look at the minds of the people who make Hip-Hop."
Some of the artists featured include GZA, Sway, Gangstarr, Run-DMC
and Jam Master Jay, Master P, Nas, RZA, Paris, Afrika Bambataa, Spider Loc,
Dilated Peoples and others.
But Banjoko also noted that his book is about more than just
"I’m trying to solve problems with this book, uplift the
young people," he says. "I think that Hip-Hop music was made by and
for young oppressed people and I’m trying to give them the tools they need to
For those true fans of Hip-Hop music and culture, Banjoko assures
that "Lyrical Swords Vol.2" is for them.
"Anybody who takes Hip-Hop culture seriously and wants
to see Hip-Hop in its full spectrum, accurately documented, wants to have this
book," Banjoko said.
For those who can’t wait for the official release, you can email
Adisa at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive 3 chapters of
the book mailed directly to you.
Also if you buy the book from lyricalswords.com
you will receive a copy of a mix CD by DJ Mike Relm, which mixes in Adisa’s
speech at Harvard with Hip-Hop beats.
Banjoko will be doing a speaking tour to promote the book beginning
at the end of January.
Volume 2 is the
follow up to Banjoko’s highly successful first book "Lyrical Swords: Hip-Hop
and Politics in the Mix" that can be purchased at www.lyricalswords.com