Going through the time-consuming effort of chronicling every song released under the hip hop banner since 1979 seems hard enough, but to then choose one song, per year, as its most important? Writing this book was either an act of love…or insanity.
Or maybe a bit of both.
Published by Harry N. Abrams on Oct. 13, 2015, the 235-page book scours with a critical eye, the deep and every-growing library of hip hop classics to pick one song per year that perfectly encapsulated its era.
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Here’s what The Rap Year Book does: It takes readers from 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present, with Shea Serrano hilariously discussing, debating, and deconstructing the most important rap song year by 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, uproarious 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. It’s like the gold tank from Master P’s “Make ‘Em Say Uhh!” video, except it’s a book. It’s like Kanye’s verse on “Put On,” except it’s a book. It’s like the face Biggie made when he was on the boat with Puffy in “Hypnotize,” except it’s a book.
The book is a wild ride through the history of hip hop that any fan or hip hop head shouldn’t do without. It takes a scholarly look, along with a playful sense of humor, at what has turned out to be one of the world’s most important pop culture phenomenons of the modern era.
And you never thought that hip hop would take it this far…
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For an example of one of the book’s many hilarious infographics, check below: