The Plot against Hip Hop is a noir novel set in the world of hip-hop culture. The fatal stabbing of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard and security expert D Hunter, suspects there are larger forces at work.
D Hunter's investigation into his mentor's murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hard-core fans suspect. This rewrite of hip-hop history mixes real-life figures with characters pulled from the culture's hidden world, including Jay Z, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons.
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“Part procedural murder mystery, part conspiracy-theory
manifesto, Nelson George’s The Plot against
Hip Hop reads like the PTSD fever dream of a renegade who’s done several
tours of duty in the trenches…Plot’s
combination of record-biz knowledge and ghetto fabulosity could have been
written only by venerable music journalist Nelson George, who knows his hip-hop
history…The writing is as New York as ‘Empire State of Mind,’ and D is a
detective compelling enough to anchor a series.”
Time Out New York