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The Rap Year Book
The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed | Shea Serrano
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 musicfrom artists backgrounds to issues of race, the rise of hip-hop, and the struggles among its major playersboth 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.
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emilyhaldi
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Just a couple of the books from my husband‘s shelves. He used to work in the music industry designing album covers and is a music enthusiast, especially rap & hip hop #🎼
#emojinov

Natasha.C.Barnes Uh, that's the coolest thing I've ever heard. (edited) 2y
LeahBergen Very cool! 2y
L_auren Wow!! 2y
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bookloo Your husband is awesome! 2y
Cinfhen Cool!!! 2y
Cathythoughts He is a very creative man 💫💫💫magic 2y
Reviewsbylola Her husband is totally cool. Any of his album covers in there?! 2y
Mdargusch I️ hope his covers make it into a book some day. ☺️ 2y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch the pictured book was published the year after Alex started his job so he‘s not featured... but I️ bet if they published a new one he would be 😉 2y
Mdargusch Me too! 2y
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MisterWhitaker
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Mehso-so

I looked forward to reading this, but it's just ok. I like Serrano's writing style, but he seemed to detached from the subject and it felt like he removed himself from the culture in order to write about it. Serrano is CLEARLY a hip-hop fan so this almost academic take was strange to me. The info and illustrations are solid, and I'd def read his next book, but this is a bit of a pass. Plus, no Outkast songs? Crazy. Good to flip through not read.

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ramyasbookshelf
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Today's rain-day-treadmill run was powered by the playlist inspired by this book. As I read each section, I listen to the songs referenced and then add them to this playlist. Today, as I ran, I listened to these songs. So interesting!

Cinfhen Sounds fun & fascinating 😍 3y
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ramyasbookshelf
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A wonderful introduction to the world of rap - the trends, the lyrics, the meaning.. the art work is amazing too!

Reviewsbylola Omg dead 😂😂 3y
LauraBeth 😂😂 3y
Cinfhen I think I want this in a strange way 3y
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Laura317 He thinks he is. 😂 3y
ramyasbookshelf @LauraBeth @Reviewsbylola some of it is really hilarious. There's a chart to figure out if your girl is a gold digger etc.. (edited) 3y
ramyasbookshelf @Cinfhen it's actually very eye opening, culture-wise. The author explains the context for the lyrics. It's a very fascinating read! 3y
ramyasbookshelf @Laura317 😂😂😂 3y
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ramyasbookshelf
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Saw this book as a display in the cultural appropriation section of a social justice exhibit. The task was to go through this book, pick out some lyrics that pack a punch and post it on the art wall. I have never been a fan of rap but this book has kindled an interest!

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shay_brulee
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Shame. I bought this book for my husband a year ago and he hasn't touched it. Guess I will add it to MY library.

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Treatyoshelf
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Shea Serrano is one of the funniest people on Twitter. His tweets on basketball and parenting always have me rolling so of course I had to get his book, The Rap Year Book. It doesn't matter if you're not into rap. If you're into humor, try this book. The art by Arturo Torres is fantastic too. (See above) #Recommendsday

OSChamberlain That bookmark 😭😭😭 3y
Reviewsbylola That bookmark is everything. 3y
philawriter Yesss! Love Shea! 👌❤ 3y
philawriter Also, I have and love this book, the bookmarks they've made, and two of Arturo Torres' posters. Glad to meet a fellow fan on here! 3y
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