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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah, read by Ben Bailey Smith.

Just what do you do with talent from the wrong side of town? Benjamin Zephaniah draws on his own experiences with school and the music business to create an audiobook that speaks with passion and immediacy about the rap scene.

Ray has trouble at home, and he has trouble at school - until he’s permanently excluded and ends up sleeping on the floor of a record shop. What happens to a boy like Ray? If he’s lucky, maybe he gets a chance to shine.

The story of three boys who aren’t easy. They don’t fit in. They seem to attract trouble. But they know what they want, and they’ve got the talent to back it up....

Brilliantly written and with a real ear for dialogue, fans of Angie Thomas and Malorie Blackman will love Benjamin Zephaniah's audiobooks for young adult listeners.

©2004 Benjamin Zephaniah (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"The authority with which the story is written leaves the reader no choice but to be drawn in - and indeed educated - into the world of gangsta rap, with all the appropriate vocabulary. Not for a long time have I read a book with such a ‘pick me up again’ factor." (Independent on Sunday)

"A fairytale of hip-hop success...teens will enjoy the thrilling music fantasy, while many will identify with the smart, talented boys who grow up quickly and rescue themselves." (Booklist)

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