The Anthology of Rap

EditorAdam Bradley, Andrew DuBoisForeword byHenry Louis Gates, Jr.

Paperback | September 13, 2011

The Anthology of Rap by Adam Bradley
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From the school yards of the South Bronx to the tops of the Billboard charts, rap has emerged as one of the most influential musical and cultural forces of our time. In The Anthology of Rap, editors Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois explore rap as a literary form, demonstrating that rap is also a wide-reaching and vital poetic tradition born of beats and rhymes.

This pioneering anthology brings together more than three hundred rap and hip-hop lyrics written over thirty years, from the “old school” to the “golden age” to the present day. Rather than aim for encyclopedic coverage, Bradley and DuBois render through examples the richness and diversity of rap’s poetic tradition. They feature both classic lyrics that helped define the genre, including Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five’s “The Message” and Eric B. & Rakim’s “Microphone Fiend,” as well as lesser-known gems like Blackalicious’s “Alphabet Aerobics” and Jean Grae’s “Hater’s Anthem.”

Both a fan’s guide and a resource for the uninitiated, The Anthology of Rap showcases the inventiveness and vitality of rap’s lyrical art. The volume also features an overview of rap poetics and the forces that shaped each period in rap’s historical development, as well as a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and afterwords by Chuck D and Common. Enter the Anthology to experience the full range of rap’s artistry and discover a rich poetic tradition hiding in plain sight.

Title:The Anthology of RapFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:928 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:928 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inPublished:September 13, 2011Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300141912

ISBN - 13:9780300141917

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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