You're probably already familiar with the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series, the self-help/inspiration books that "open the heart and rekindle the spirit." But what you may not know is that a new installment for the series is in the works: the warm and fuzzy "Chicken Soup for the Hip-Hop Soul."
Stories will be culled from writers' submissions and interviews with well-known hip-hop figures. The interviews will be conducted by Bay Area hip-hop insiders and
co-authors Adisa Banjoko, rapper and producer Kool Kyle and mixtape DJ Vlad. On board so far are Chuck D, Harry Allen, Mystic, DJ QBert, Rob Swift from the X-ecutioners, poet/playwright Will Power, Afu-Ra, MTV's own Sway and Mohammed Bilal from "The Real World" San Francisco.
But the book won't only profile stars. The authors want to document many people's experiences with and relationship to hip-hop music and culture.
"This book will serve as an outlet for DJs, rappers, graffiti-writers and dancers to share their experiences in hop-hop," Kool Kyle said. "In its short time, this art form has given people a ton of opportunities and positive rewards. Some economic, others spiritual."
"Chicken Soup for the Hip-Hop Soul" will consist of 101 stories designed to give readers that wisdom and comfort they have come to expect from such other titles as "Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul," "Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul" and "Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul."
"Chicken Soup for the Hip-Hop Soul" is currently looking for submissions from writers from around the world. Visit www.myhiphopstory.com for more details.