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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 (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Buckholz is a freelance writer living in Seattle.


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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.

Customer Reviews

Great coffee table book and conversation piece.
Jessica
If you buy this book, pardon the in delicacy, but you might want to sit on the toilet as you read it.
SHM.
If you know someone who likes rap, this is a funny little book that could make a great gift.
Lizzy

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81 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Hemel on January 7, 2011
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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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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Berkeley Bill on July 7, 2011
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By pickles are fun on October 14, 2010
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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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alice Stevens on January 5, 2011
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SHM. on February 17, 2013
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If you buy this book, pardon the in delicacy, but you might want to sit on the toilet as you read it. Otherwise you just could wet your pants.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie S on December 19, 2013
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I bought this item for my dad as a birthday present, in addition to a few more expensive items my siblings were going in on. It is such a funny gift, that it was perfect! I would recommend this for anyone looking to lighten the mood, show their comedic side, or just needing to add a little something extra to a gift. Perfect for anyone, pretty entertaining, and a crowd-pleaser.

My one complaint, is that the bottom and top of the book, the pages, there were some lead markings- conceivably from a pencil. This was not a deal-breaker, I accepted the book as-is and continued to gift the product as planned. If Amazon could just be aware, when purchasing a new book I do not expect there to be markings of any sort. I understand these things happen, but would still like an explanation or apology. Exchanging the product is not an option at this point, it has already been gifted.

Nevertheless, this was a good product for the amount that I spent and would order it again if the occasion arose.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Commons on December 28, 2013
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overall pretty happy with it. ive followed hip hop along with other types of music my whole life and got this for my brother who loves to drop a lot of the lines that you will see in this book that make you go "wow". good in a rap song, but out of place in every day life. we recognized most of the lines in the book, and already knew the meanings but the explanations wont really make you laugh but they will all probably bring a smile at the very least. kinda wish there were more clever lines in there like "got so many chips they call me hewlett packard" i found that to be the most interesting part for me. lil wayne has a bunch, ludacris is the king of doing that. overall a reasonable stocking stuffer or small gift for someone. wouldnt make it the only gift though if it was for someone your close too
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