The Hip-Hop Future Day Press

Welcome to the Hip-Hop Future Day Press! Our extensive collection of stories and novels contain detailed plot summaries and book reviews on each book backing. Additionally, each story comes with a customized song or music video that relates to the work of literature being looked at. We encourage everyone to read the descriptions, play the videos, and invoke your own thoughts by reading the stories themselves. Enjoy, and happy holidays! -- Keval Ray, CEO and Founder

Working - Studs Terkel What is a career? Is it something humans just partake in as an aside in their lives? Or, is it what defines us? Maybe a career is what we truly have to live for. Maybe, just maybe, a career is what we yearn to do since childhood. Whether it is white collar or blue collar professions, the majority of us will spend our lives at a job that we’ll call our careers. We’ll work; we’ll work real hard to make money, to support ourselves, and heck, maybe even support a family. Working, written by Studs Terkel, explores the idea of what a career is, what diverse professions mean to different people, and why people chose the careers and jobs they do. The exceptional individual short stories explore what drives people to continue working, what they like about their occupations, and what they might even dislike. Terkel once said, “Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” All in all, people get involved in work and jobs for a reason. Explore different perspectives, learn about unique professions, and best of all, begin to explore within yourself. What’s your job? What’s your goal? What’s your passion? Most importantly…why do you work…? “You’ll read, and read, and read…and by the time you’re done, you’ve suddenly realized you explored your own job, career, or future aspirations without even actively trying!” – New York Times
The Prince - Machiavelli Wars and political gains have dominated human history before the dawn of written history began. Whether it was the Sumerians, Egyptians, or Babylonians, political strife has always plagued society. In The Prince, Machiavelli delves into the philosophy of ruling others and lands. Originally written for Lorenzo de’ Medici, The Prince addresses war, power, fortune, success, and even failure when it comes to ruling – all ideas that continue to mar today’s contemporary world. Whether you are interested in the art of ruling others as your subjects, maintaining the power you may already have in society, or even gaining authority, the novel will be sure to entertain your given situation. The novel hones in on human behavior and the human aspect of ruling. Enable yourself to keep others happily satisfied in your rule while also using them to your benefit. One can explore the art of ruling over states and land in an efficient manner while also being able to distinguish the differences in leaders who have been bestowed power from those that have earned power over time. Little is it known that the strongest historical leaders are those that had no fortune or luck at birth; instead, they paved their own way to supremacy. Maybe, you are at the bottom of society? No matter what your circumstance, Machiavelli’s timeless novel can only aid you in exploring your inner human areas and intelligence. Truly see how we, as humans, think, act, and in some cases, manipulate other humans. “Truly a page turner. Who knew so many of these ideas would go on to make an impact on imperialism and even apply today with the state of affairs in Eastern Ukraine, the South China Sea, and Syria/Iraq.” – The Economist
Utopia - Thomas More Do we live in a perfect society? Or, is there room for change? How much room? How much change? Evidently, we can see people, states, and even the federal government continuing, “evil practices” that are still remnants of the past. Whether it is inequality in law enforcement, gender gaps in occupational pay, or racial disparities in medicine, there are inadequacies in our current system of living. Come and delve into Thomas More’s travels and discussions with his friend Peter Giles, and a philosopher by the name of Raphael Hythloday. Thomas More intently gains information from Hythloday concerning Hythloday’s world travels, including to the island of Utopia. Hythloday discusses, at length, policies and ideas to make Europe a better place. Whether it is more rational ideas, tolerance, being aloof of war, or preventing poverty, all fixes of this historical society are discussed in the novel. But wait…war, poverty, and intolerance of cultures…these all are problems we still have in today’s world. Truly a work of art, Thomas More delineates ideas that would improve the society of the past as well as the present. The stories are elegant, the ideas are sophisticated, and the timeless nature of his novel is appealing to an audience of all backgrounds. Find out why we haven’t solved all of life’s problems, and which of these problems have been around throughout history. “Mind blowing! Why can’t we fix the world! There’s so much fighting, poverty, destitution, destruction, inequality, and racism to this day. A great novel to learn about ourselves as humans and how rooted in our ways we really are.” – TIME Magazine
Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett Love detective stories? Interested in Sherlock Holmes? Forget about it! Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest stars the Op, from the Continental Detective Agency, who works day and night to solve the murder of Donald Willsson, a newspaper publisher in Personville. Follow the Op as he investigates the crime scene, takes witness testimony, tracks leads down to sneaky suspects and finally works to eradicate the poison in Personville, frequently pronounced “poisonville.” Moreover, Op embodies a person who will not forfeit his promises. After making a deal with Elihu, a local businessman, the Op will stop at nothing short of solving the problems in town. After dealing with corrupt police, gang members, and even a lover, the Op delivers the performance of a lifetime. Come and see how one sticks to their instincts, works out every detail, and stays true to the promises he made to another human. Hammett has truly constructed a detective story to give Sherlock Holmes a run for his money. Not only does Red Harvest involve a crime, it also deals with the nuances of corruption, righteousness, and kept promises. “A detective story that’ll have heads spinning to reality. Why can’t the movies be this good? It has details, fascinating characters, intersecting plot lines, and evidence-based detective work that lets one feel like they’re the detective!” – Boston Globe
Redeployment - Phil Klay War changes men, women, children, soldiers and civilians. Fighting, blood, guts, germs, opposing troops, different countries and terrains. All of it changes soldiers on both sides of the battlefield. Often times, soldiers have a tough time assimilating back into civilian life. Some are even the victims of psychiatric diseases. Some lose their families. And some…well, some, don’t even make it back alive. Have you ever wondered what war is truly like? Would you survive if you had to go and fight for your country? Get the insider’s perspective, specifically a Marine’s perspective, of war in a foreign country against enemy insurgents. See how Marines go from a “no-shit war zone” to the “plush chair” waiting for them back at home. Witness the reassimilation, on a human level, back into civilian life, and chiefly, come follow a Marine’s journey home to his beloved wife and aging dog. “Really puts things in perspectives. One of a kind story that really makes you respect those that protect our freedoms. So many Americans don’t realize what a toll war can take on your soul, mental stability, and physical abilities. Soldiers have seen things we can’t ever image. An amazing read to get a glimpse into heart of war.” – Navy Medicine Magazine
Cat’s Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut Science is similar to nature…it creates, but it can also have the potential to destroy. It can extend life and even shorten it. In Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, the narrator works to track down Dr. Felix Hoenikker’s children to see where they were when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. It turns out that while Dr. Felix Hoenikker was one of the scientists working on the atomic bomb project, he also created another substance known as ice-nine. Meant for military purposes, ice-nine was a solid, room-temperature form of water, with the ability of turning liquid water into crystal upon touching it. Felix Hoenikker’s children admit that this is how their father died. Over the years, they had even been selling the remnants of ice-nine from the time their father died. The novel will guide you on an exploration of military technology, scientific inquiry, science fiction, thrill, and even religion. Follow the narrator as he uncovers the deeper truth to ice-nine while he and his wife work to escape, but ultimately face multiple problems. What do you think of religion? Of science? Of using technology for evil? Invoke your own thoughts as the book surreptitiously provokes them too! Find out what really happens to the narrator, the Hoenikker children, and the religion that is Bokononism. “A page turner full of scientific and religious interest and discovery. Vonnegut’s really outdone himself with the attention to detail and use of science and religion in this thought-provoking book.” –Wall Street Journal
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