Pharrell Williams

Pharrell: Places and Spaces I've Been

Publisher: Rizzoli

Release Date: October 30, 2012

Price: $55.00

With contributions from the likes of Jay-Z, fashion mogul and streetwear icon Nigo and artist extraordinaire Takashi Murakami, Pharrell remembers and celebrates the variety of musical, artistic, and fashion collaborations he’s been a part of throughout his 15-plus-year career. Through in-depth conversations and extensive visuals, Pharrell speaks on his most cherished experiences and relationships in this mammoth 248-page coffee table book, which includes chock-full of rare and iconic imagery ranging from hi-res concert photos to unreleased Billionaire Boys Club artwork and designs. For fans, <em>Places and Spaces I’ve Been</em> is an exciting new window into the life and experience of the hip-hop icon.

Rating: XL

Wyclef Jean

Purpose: An Immigrant's Story

Publisher: It Books

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Price: $26.99

In this memoir by the multi-faceted musician, the Haitian immigrant recalls growing up in New York City and Newark, N.J., while also reflecting on his rocky relationship with his pastor father, Lauryn Hill and the various controversies he’s faced over the years. The tell-all memoir also details Wyclef’s experiences and controversies surrounding the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as well as the formation and eventual breakup of the Fugees. The content’s intimate, personal and at times takes on a serious approach. Interweaved with Wyclef’s signature sense of humor, although the memoir doesn’t clearly expand on all the details fans would like to uncover, it’s an enjoyable and informative inside-look at the Refugees overseer.

Rating: L


Trouble & Triumph: A Novel of Power & Beauty

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Price: $23.99

The love story between Power, the male protagonist who’s stuck in the street life, and Beauty, a female lead who has take over the fashion industry, continues with Beauty trying to save the only man she loves. Although it’s fictional, hints of T.I.’s trapping days only beef this book up. Tip, with author David Ritz, do a great job in continuing the story of Power and Beauty, who grew up in the same household, only to later build a very intimate relationship.

Rating: L