The Rap Year Book

The Rap Year Book

The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed

Book - 2015
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The Rap Year Book takes readers on a journey that begins in 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical 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, 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 is an in-depth look at the most influential genre of music to come out of the last generation. 
Complete with infographics, lyric maps, hilarious and informative footnotes, portraits of the artists, and short essays by other prominent music writers, The Rap Year Book is both a narrative and illustrated guide to the most iconic and influential rap songs ever created. 
Publisher: New York, New York : Abrams Image, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781419718182
Characteristics: 239 pages :,colour illustrations,,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Torres, Arturo - Illustrator


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Nov 08, 2017

So good. Made this an interactive read by listening to each of the songs as I followed the style maps. Shea's writing is engaging; he uses humor, drops facts (and opinions), telling you everything about rap that you never knew you needed to know. Arturo's illustrations are dope, and really rounded off this book.

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Jul 23, 2018

red_cat_4580 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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