Tha Global Cipha: Hip Hop Culture and Consciousness
by James G. Spady, H. Samy Alim, & Samir Meghelli
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Tha Global Cipha is the first book about Hip Hop Culture to present in-depth conversations with artists from around the world, representing the many regional scenes of the U.S. (from the "East Coast" to the "Yay Area" to the "Dirty Dirty"), the banlieues of France, the Caribbean (from Jamaica to Puerto Rico), and various artists from Africa, Europe, and the "Middle East," as well as diverse forms of street musics, such as Reggaeton, Dancehall, Shaabi and Rai. Conversations with Jay-Z, Mos Def, Eve, Ivy Queen, Sean Paul, Young Jeezy, Oxmo Puccino, Trina, Mannie Fresh, Booba, Beanie Sigel, Foxy Brown, Buju Banton, Cheb Khaled, Pitbull, Tego Calderon and many others, demonstrate these artists to be critical interpreters of their own culture and of the world around them.

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November 14, 2010
"JT The Bigga Figga and San Quinn"


November 14, 2010
"Tupac and the Outlawz"

July 12, 2009
"Hakim: The King of Egyptian Shaabi"

July 12, 2009
"Yaga and Mackie"

July 12, 2009

July 12, 2009
"Manu Key "

July 12, 2009
"Sonia Sanchez"

December 15, 2008
"T.I. and DJ Toomp"

December 15, 2008
"Grand Wizard Rasheen"

September 28, 2008
"Hip Hop Comic Art (featuring T.I.,
DJ Green Lantern, and Aaron Mingo)"

September 28, 2008
"Sean Paul"

September 28, 2008
"Tego Calderon"

September 28, 2008

September 28, 2008
"Didier Awadi (Positive Black Soul) [African Hip Hop]"

September 28, 2008

March 9, 2008
"Oxmo Puccino"

March 10, 2008
"Mos Def"

January 10, 2008
"Beanie Sigel"

June 12, 2007
"Tha Global Cipha Welcomes Henry Chalfant and "From Mambo to Hip Hop" to Philly. "
Scribe Video Center and Philadelphia Dance Projects will screen the new film from the director of Style Wars as part of the 5th annual Motion Pictures Film Festival...

June 12, 2007
"Henry Chalfant"

June 2, 2007
"Umum Dance Cipha: Streetdancing to B-Boying to Hip Hop Phenoms and Gs" Interview with: Crazy Legs, Mr. Wiggles, Suga Pop, Skeeter Rabbit, Poppin Pete, and Steve Shields"

May 8, 2007
"Russell Simmons"

April 8, 2007
"Afrika Bambaataa "

April 7, 2007
"Kool Herc and and his sister Cindy Campbell"

Mar 19, 2007
"Ivy Queen"

Feb 9, 2007
Tha Global Cipha event at: New Africa Center,
4243 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Read excerpts from Tha Global Cipha:

Dec 28, 2006
"DJ Cut Killer"

Dec 10, 2006

Dec 08, 2006
"Talib Kweli"

Dec 05, 2006
"Foxy Brown"

Beanie Sigel Russell Simmons
Buju Banton George Clinton
DJ Spooky Les Nubians
DJ Hi-Tek DJ Cut Killer
Sister Carol Chuck D of Public Enemy