The Message: Life Lessons from Hip-Hop’s Greatest Songs

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    The Message is a literary mixtape of wisdom that has been culled from the all-time greatest hip-hop songs. Author Felicia Pride examines a wide range of hip-hop songs and artists, interpreting life through their lenses. Growing up with hip-hop, she has come to realize the way it shaped how she thinks, writes, reacts and how it has helped to make her the person that she is today.

    By incorporating her experiences and reflections with the rappers’ messages, Pride shares the wisdom she has learned from hip-hop and focuses on the valuable influence the music has on its audience. With each life lesson aptly titled after a hip-hop song—such as Kanye West’s Welcome to Heartbreak, EPMD’s Please Listen to My Demo, Nneka’s Heartbeat, or Public Enemy’s Fight the PowerThe Message explores spirituality, success, love, business, and more through hip-hop.

    The Message turns the often negative perceptions of hip-hop completely around, offers a fresh perspective on why the culture is loved worldwide, and simultaneously provides motivational material for the hip-hop generation taken from its own unique artistic expression. In her introduction the author writes, “This book is about searching for the power within and using motivational aspects of hip-hop music to help us successfully maneuver our worlds.”

    The Message unleashes the power in the music and leaves readers with a soundtrack of wisdom to incorporate in their own lives.

    About Felicia Pride

    Felicia Pride has been a professional writer and media professional for more than ten years. She’s been featured by USA Today, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and the Baltimore Sun. She is the author of seven books, including The Message, which has been used in educational institutions around the country, and for which she co-developed an interactive enrichment program. Her latest book, To Create is a collection of interviews with black storytellers and media makers. Her YA novel, Patterson Heights, was a 2010 American Library Association Pick for Reluctant Readers. She also wrote two children’s books for Simon & Schuster based on the awarding-winning television show Everybody Hates Chris. Through her firm Pride Collaborative (, she develops creative content projects for an array of clients and is also the founder of The Create Daily ( Currently a Hip-Hop Education Fellow at New York University, Felicia has riffed on media, youth development, popular culture, hip-hop, writing, publishing, and literacy at schools, institutions, and events around the country. She has an M.A. in writing and publishing from Emerson College.

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