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Shawn Taylor, A Tribe Called Quest's People Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm (2007)

Part of the fantastic 33 1/3 series, this little book provides background detail on the creation and significance of A Tribe Called Quest's classic debut album, as well as some very personal anecdotes from the author.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Signifying Monkey (1988)

This breakthrough piece of black literary theory lays out a complex but very interesting framework for analyzing African American literature through history. Gates promotes the idea of "signifyin'" as a way to understand black humor and black identity in literature.

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