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↠´ Read ↠´ The Rap Year Book by Shea Serrano ☆ I ve always been confused that there s not a greater crossover between my literary friends and my hip hop friends Both rely on a love of language, the way words can twist and stretch and hit, and both are about storytelling, about immersion and experience and emotion Also puns And I have longed for the day where a writer talented enough to bridge those worlds could write the book that explains the joyful mischief and soulful depths of great hip hop to an audience that hasn t got it yet.
Shea Serrano hasn t quite taken us there But I do think he s found the blueprint ahem with this book, which is billed as a chronological look at how hip hop grew and mutated and evolved, year by year, from 1979 to the present It s a great structure, and if it was a bitfleshed out than it is here, it would be a truly elegant solution The proble Quintessential example of why I wish Goodreads had a 3.
5 star rating Excellent primer to hip hop for the casual fan, introduces the reader to most of the major players and narratives in the genre s history which tends to seemlike the world presented in comic books or action movies than real life Serrano s writing is specific and sporadic in the best ways, jumping around between objective history, personal opinion and a smattering of other details from his subjects lives and his own The prose is at times infuriating, though he repeats the same turns of phrase over and over and constantly introduces sections using the format of This is a thing, and it may not be an important thing, but it s definitely a thing that happened, so here it is One who has read the book may mistake that quote I made up off the top of my head for an actual quote from the book It This book raised as many questions as it taught me things, but in a good way Now that I know which song was most important every year since hip hop became a music genre in collective consciousness, I want to know who were its most important artists There are none nominatedthan two times, but West Coast hip hop had an eleven years run where it was at the forefront of the genre s innovation, so what does that mean Is Dr Dre the most important rapper of all time, at least statistically He was nominated by Serrano in 1988 with NWA, in 1992 for Ain t Nutin but a G Thang and for his iconic collaboration and personal favorite of mine California Love in 1996 THIS NEEDS TO BE DISCUSSED What s a littleclear to me after reading The Rap Year Book is how much the genre evolved over the years, found its place in mainstream music with an image it wanted to project and evolved pas The Rap Year Book by Shea Serrano was, as an authoritative read on the history of rap, a decent read until 1998, until it completely fizzles out of control when Serrano starts to require forming his own opinion.
Major themes, and driving forces were unforgivably omitted notably the role of the female rapper as an antithesis to the flamboyance and brutality of gangster rap see The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill , picking Lifestyle as best song over Kendrick Lamar s ode to breaking free from the hardships of the hood in i , or any real explanation of the effect of the internet on rap be it through pop culture or the creation of bedroom rappers bar Serranos vague reference with In Da Club Yet I kept reading it, playing the songs in the background trying to find a justif Like all good music writing, it is very funny, overflowing with love for rap music, history, and culture, and imbued with a healthy and sensible fear of and love for DMX.
First book I finished in 2016, what a great start to the year.
The Rap Year Book Takes Readers On A Journey That Begins In , 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 Ugg, I was gifted this over Christmas by a buddy who already had a copy He wrote one of the rebuttals It s an interesting book in theory picking the best rap song by year since 1979 and one I should ve loved considering how often I reference EgoTrip s list of greatest rap singles found in their Book of Rap Lists Unfortunately it falls apart in execution.
It loses points right off the bat for having Style Maps Basically clip art used by Serrano to pad out the length of his book Is reading too tough for you Well now you have pictures to do the lifting for you Next, Shea Serrano is a pretty poor author Here s a quote of him breaking one of the most elementary rules of composition Let me tell you quickly about the beginning of Native Tongues, because that s important, but let me be as cursory as possible without being detrimental There s so much wrong that Oh how I love everything about this book The reasons are many but I ll unpack it in four parts.
First The Concept How can you not love the idea of sifting through every rap song from 1979 2014 and choosing the most important one of each year It is just as it seems, a monumentally difficult and subjective task Some years it s fairly clear, others there are 4 or 5 that could easily fit author Shea Serrano s criteria of not simply being the best but contributing something either to the evolution of rap or the social moment it was created in In 1982 there is Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five s The Message and Afrika Bambaataa s Planet Rock , both as Serrano writes divinely significant 1988 had N.
A s Straight Outta Compton and Public Enemy s Rebel Without a Pause but you can only choose one In 1992 Wu Tang Clan s C.
M and Snoop s Who Am I What s My NameYou get the I loved this so much I ve always been a fan of the Grantland style definitively ranking subjective things in such specific ways So detailed, so funny I laughed out loud and also cried at one point during the chapter about Same Love Bummed that the only woman really highlighted was Nicki her verse on Monster IS iconic , like where s Kim Queen Latifah Salt n Pepa MISSY But again, subjective Super fun read Highly recommended.

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