A fascinating book that charts not only the brief history of hip hop as a musical genre, but also the changing cultural tides of America over the last fourty years. Filled with hilarious illustrations and deep insight, this book is an excellent addition to the array of brilliant music history books already available.— From Elias's Picks
New York Times Bestseller - Washington Post Bestseller - Pitchfork Book Club selection
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.
About the Author
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.