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The Rap Year Book

BEST RAPPER ALIVE? TOP 5 ALL-TIME? THIS BOOK WON’T PUT THE DEBATE TO REST, BUT IT’LL HELP YOU SOUND LIKE A TENURED PROFESSOR WHILE MAKING YOUR CASE. 

The subtitle of this book says it all: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed. The author's tale is just as entertaining as the ones you'll find in print. Shea Serrano is a former Grantland writer who joined the profession by chance, “I needed another job... I was just literally at home Googling ‘work from home jobs.’ Writer was one of them.” That was 2008. Fast forward to The Rap Year Book's 2015 release, a time-traveling exposition of the most influential music genre to come out of the last generation. It takes readers from 1979, the moment when rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, to the present, with Serrano discussing, debating, and deconstructing the most important song, year by year. Featuring infographics, artist portraits, and essays by other prominent music writers, The Rap Year Book retails for only $12. Serrano followed up his masterpiece with an often hilarious (wildly successful) social media campaign that launched him to the top of New York Times Best-Seller List. Order a copy today and study up for your next barbershop debate!