The Rap Year Book takes readers on a journey that begins in 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognised 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.
"The Rap Year Book just might be hip-hop's first official encyclopedia."--Global Grind
"[A] bold, humorous, and novel treatment of hip-hop's history that makes The Rap Year Book a pleasure to read and absorb, and the kind of ingenuity that doesn't usually have a place in music histories or rigidly structured list-based pop culture reference books but that Serrano refreshingly builds his work around."--PopMatters
"Deeply informed but willing to get personal and weird, The Rap Year Book deserves to be on the shelf next to Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists, its clear ancestor and possibly the smartest book about hip-hop ever published."--BLOUIN ARTINFO
"The Rap Year Book above all intends to capture hip-hop's spirit of banter and love of debating who's best. This isn't a book that's a chore to read; it's one that's a pleasure to argue over. Buy it."--Vice
"What's key to The Rap Year Book's distinctiveness is that it seeks to discuss 'the most important' song of each year, not the most popular or the bestselling. Everything about it is subjective and debatable."--The Guardian
"Shea Serrano and illustrator Arturo Torres have become the Stan Lee and Jack Kirby of online rap-and-sports graphic humor . . . The New York Times-bestselling Rap Year Book . . . is as hilarious as it is insightful."--WIRED