Rap Pages

Four books worth reading by Twin Cities hip hop stalwarts.


Headspin, Headshots & History: Moving Through Minnesota Hip Hop by Big Zach

Zach was my biggest link to the scene in my earliest days. I don’t think it was deliberate; that’s just how Zach moves through the world. This is a must read for any true Minnesota hip hop head. 

The Bridge Is Over by DJ Stage One 

From NY to LA to ATL to the TC, DJ Stage One has seen the evolution of hip hop firsthand, and has been translating that knowledge through those hands, via turntables, for more than 30 years. You. Must. Learn.

Tits On The Moon by Dessa 

Dessa was one of my first rapping partners. Her awesome new book of stage poems translates so well to the page, while maintaining the intimacy, honesty, vulnerability, and humor of her live performances.  

Remind Me Again: Poems and Practices for Remembering Who We Are by Joe Davis

Artist, educator, and speaker Joe Davis has been featured on BET, CNN, and VH1 and does amazing work in our metro schools.