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William Buckholz is a freelance writer living in Seattle.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (October 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810989212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810989214
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Buckholz was born in Toledo, Ohio. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Scientific and Technical Communication at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, he moved to Seattle, Washington. After three years in Seattle, he has returned to the Midwest and resides in Chicago, Illinois. Some of his favorite books are The Race Forever, Prisoner of the Ant People, War with the Evil Power Master, Supercomputer, Your Code Name is Jonah, and The Cave of Time.

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I want to start off by saying: I never used to be a rap fan. I've always loved the sound (the "beats"), but I've never understood what the music is really saying! It's never been out of lack of effort either. I mean, I've tried to understand for YEARS, generally by consulting my grandma (who's been NO HELP whatsoever), but also by playing the music in reverse, because I've heard that's a way to find hidden meaning in songs.

Well, ALL THAT HAS CHANGED. Now that I've purchasd this book, I've had a reason to visit her EVERY WEEK, and together we sit on her "davenport" (that's what she calls her sofa) and peruse this fine piece of literature. This is like the Rosetta Stone of rap music. I can now confidently say that both my grandma and I can listen to various rap songs that we've never heard before and understand what's going on! I even rapped about instant grocery savings the other day, because I was so stoked to save $5.83 with my QFC Advantage Card (that was 38% in savings, yo).

I wish I could give this book six stars, because Amazon would send me an email telling me I can only give five stars and then I would give my grandma the other star, because she is great and, not to mention, a mighty fine rapper herself.
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I got a free autographed copy straight from the author and it was worth every penny. (Well I AM his uncle and I DID give him all 2000 of my valuable baseball cards back in '84, including Tom Seaver's rookie card) Anyways, I thought he was working for Boeing and doing Hospice work on the side. That's what my brother told me. Here I find out he's writing "ethnically-oriented" music books. The most lilly white kid west of Pahokee and he's explaining rap to the uncool masses. Not as good as Hospice work, but socially valuable nonetheless. The whole family is as proud as a brown peacock.
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My friends and I love this book so much! We've made a game out of it. Someone reads the translation and we all have to guess what the rap lyrics are. Its pretty fun. Anytime I have someone over, they pick up the book and they think its brilliant, and so do I!
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For Christmas, I got a a new grill, an autographed naked picture of R. Kelly, a new set of 24s, and Understand Rap and I have to say that this book was my favorite gift of all. It's seriously so good that I wish William Buckholz were my baby daddy. Or at least my baby. Or daddy.
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Gave this to a music producer/DJ friend for her birthday. She is beyond cool and loved it. I know nothing about music and had fun sounding like a fool while I read the lyrics and interpretations aloud. My friend will use this to educate her conservative Texan mother on the rap lyrics she always asks about.

We actually used this as a birthday card, and circled, highlighted and drew pictures on the pages that reminded us of our friend. "I love you like a fat kid loves cake," I believe, was the big hit.
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since I only had 5$ of amazon bucks, I got this, used. It probably wasn't the best idea but the book is in pretty damn good condition. Also, it's hilarious! Making fun of rappers that use autotune and other slang, and then dissecting it is funny af.
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This is a really clever and funny book. I would definitely suggest giving this to a lover of rap and comedy. It's rap broken down to very proper English.
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The best coffee table book. Funny to read. I have to admit I downloaded a few songs because of this book.
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