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Rap Year Book, The: "The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed" (Paperback)
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Rap Year Book, The: "The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed" (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 13/10/2015
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The Rap Year Book takes readers on a journey that begins in 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap as a genre became recognised as part of music's landscape and comes right up to the present. Shea Serrano deftly pays homage to the most important song of each year. Serrano also examines the most important moments that surround the history and culture of rap music-from artists' backgrounds, to issues of race and safety, to the rise of hip-hop and the struggles among its major players-both personal and professional. Covering East Coast and West Coast, famous rapper feuds, chart toppers and show stoppers, The Rap Year Book takes an in-depth look at the last thirty-five years of the most influential genre of music to come out of the last generation. Complete with quizzes, infographics, lyric maps, hilarious and informative footnotes, portraits of the artists, and the occasional rebuttal essay by other prominent music writers, The Rap Year Book is both a narrative and illustrated guide to some of the most iconic and influential songs ever created under the umbrella of rap music. Serrano cites a variety of sources to form his arguments including biographies, magazines and documentaries, as well as his own experiences growing up at a time when hip-hop was becoming a prevalent force in the music industry. With its all-encompassing look at the ups and downs of rap music, and the landmark songs that are its tent-poles, this book will be perfect for anyone who is a fan of the genre.

Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 9781419718182
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 228 x 190 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The Rap Year Book just might be hip-hop's first official encyclopedia."--Global Grind
"[A] bold, humorous, and novel treatment of hip-hop's history that makes The Rap Year Book a pleasure to read and absorb, and the kind of ingenuity that doesn't usually have a place in music histories or rigidly structured list-based pop culture reference books but that Serrano refreshingly builds his work around."--PopMatters
"Deeply informed but willing to get personal and weird, The Rap Year Book deserves to be on the shelf next to Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists, its clear ancestor and possibly the smartest book about hip-hop ever published."--BLOUIN ARTINFO
"The Rap Year Book above all intends to capture hip-hop's spirit of banter and love of debating who's best. This isn't a book that's a chore to read; it's one that's a pleasure to argue over. Buy it."--Vice
"What's key to The Rap Year Book's distinctiveness is that it seeks to discuss 'the most important' song of each year, not the most popular or the bestselling. Everything about it is subjective and debatable."--The Guardian
"Shea Serrano and illustrator Arturo Torres have become the Stan Lee and Jack Kirby of online rap-and-sports graphic humor . . . The New York Times-bestselling Rap Year Book . . . is as hilarious as it is insightful."--WIRED

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