They come from different places and from different backgrounds. What these artists share is talent (they?'ve all topped the charts); grit (they?'ve worked hard to get there); and desire to make music that speaks to, for, and about the people and the world around them. The Giants of Rap and Hip-Hop series explores early life, the ups and downs of the artist'?s life and career, major influences, and new directions. Fully documented quotes, from the artists and from the people who know them and their work, add interest and insight.