dougla here are some I read, I am sure you will enjoy:
true to the game
be more careful
when you look at me what you see
shame on it all
shades of jade
I have to look under my bed to see what else, but girl I have a lot.
YEPPP. It's called Gunshots in My Cook-up: A Caribbean-hip-hop Experience by Selwyn Hinds available on amazon.com. He's a great writer and it's just a bunch of short stories dealing with hip-hop, but given his strong Caribbean background you'll be taken into the Tilden Ballroom, to Haiti, to the roti shop in Brooklyn, to high school in Guyana....you get my drift. He gives you a great insight into hip-hop and better yet he brings some serious thought and critique to it. You learn the ordeals of a start up and the disappoinment of it's failure (360hiphop.com). You'll be moved to tears when he writes about touring with the Fugees when they played for 75,000 people in Haiti..you'll ge a totally different appreciation for Wyclef.
And if you're looking for a really good fictional book try Song of the Water Saints by Nelly Rosario. Talk about a delightful sense of humor, and a raunchy description of sex and great imagination.
So, in summary that's 2 books on amazon.com:
1. Gunshots in my cook-up by Selwyn Hinds (debut October 8, 2002)
2. Song of the Water Saints by Nelly Rosario (debut March 2002)
This plug may be biased because they're both ex-schoolmates who I like and respect, but the books are very good.
Sanfran, how did I know u were gonna plug those books? I recommend as I stated b4, "Desirada" by Maryse Conde and "Brown Girl, Brownstones" by Paule Marshall. "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" by the author Alvarez is also another of my favorites.