The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, And Deconstructed by Shea SerranoThe Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, And Deconstructed by Shea Serrano

The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, And…

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Paperback | October 13, 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. 
 
Shea Serrano is an award-winning writer, author, and illustrator. His first book, Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book, was widely praised, receiving accolades from Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, the Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork, MTV, and more. Currently, he is a staff writer for Grantland.
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Title:The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, And…Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 7.5 × 0.75 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1419718185

ISBN - 13:9781419718182

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bound to raise some debates As a book that is heavily drenched in opinion, this book is still an excellent read and a good vehicle for debate. The author claims to list the most important song of each year (no easy feat), and although I may not agree with all of the choices, the arguments are detailed and pose a good fight.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gift for Dad I bought this as a gift for my Dad for christmas, and I am so excited to give it to him. He is always explaining the importance and meaning behind music - particularly rap - and after reading through this book, I think he will love it. The level of analysis and detail is wonderful, and the visuals of the book are great as well.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the book! I found Shea's work on Grantland and loved his style and his every man approach, started following his twitter and the second I heard the premise for this book I knew it would be a gem. I love rap and the history behind it and enjoy the point counterpoint look at each year. Shea should be forced to build on this book every five years as hip hop grows.
Date published: 2016-12-19

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"Required reading for hip-hop fans and hip-hop newbies alike. It’s also the funniest thing I’ve read in years."