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The Anthology of Rap Paperback – September 13, 2011
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Most of the criticism is focused on accuracy of transcriptions, which the editors address in the anthology. The text is not perfect, nor should we expect it to be if we recognize the breadth of this work. This should not be seen as a final statement of fact, but an evolving window into an under-appreciated culture.
When you move beyond the letter and fully grasp the spirit of the anthology, you see an accessible toolkit for understanding rap. Importantly, it pays homage to many rappers that have faded from consciousness. Indeed, I would say that some of the rappers whose lyrics have been debated over accuracy have benefited greatly. At its core, this anthology is homage. Similarly, those artists that have not been included have been the focus of renewed interest.
I'm grateful for this collection - it's been a wonderful trip down memory lane, giddily recalling when I first heard many of the records.
And for those that didn't grow up with this poetry, I'm happy to see the interest in rap the anthology is generating.
Nearly all of the criticisms levelled at this book are accusing it of being "rife with errors". Allow me to put things in a bit more realistic of a perspective: There are 26 well-documented errors out of almost a thousand entries. I don't know about you, but my definition of "rife with errors" requires a little more than that.
But I digress. Let's talk about the book.
Bradley and DuBois have gone to great lengths to frame rap itself in a literary and historical context within American culture. Through hundreds of examples, they have managed to effectively create a chronological history of the evolution of rap as a lyrical medium since the very first rappers started rhyming over disco beats.
It's telling that all of the negative reviews of this book come down to nitpicking over transcription of lyrics. I can only take this as proof that hip hop culture has aged enough to where people can become so emotionally involved over the slightest variation in words. I would argue that this makes the case that much stronger for a need to give rap the thorough historical documentation and academic study it deserves. In that way, I doubt you'll find anywhere a more thorough and insightful book on rap lyrics that this.
as a longtime lover and historian of rap, i found this to be the best book ever written on the subject. they were able to elevate rap to a serious academic artform with the publication of this book. Most of the rappers support this work and claim it is spot on. The Slate editor just seems a little jealous. I'm gonna trust the New York Times book review and Chuck D. over some nobody writing in Slate.
I read this book and think its awesome.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's really depressing that Hip Hop has been overlooked as a form of poetry until Yale University threw an anthology book together in 2010. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Katarina Schwab
Almost every thing you want to know about him hop. Bought as a gift for a hip hop enthusiast. He loved it.Published 14 months ago by Mathew Ward
This is a fabulous reference and the history and analysis is top notch.Published 15 months ago by Denise Paolucci
Went to a Hip Hop art exhibit a couple of years ago and this book was there. I skimmed through it and had to have it. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Got just what I needed, and this is also a very interesting book. Not bad for the price, wish it was cheaper for a college student like me though! Haha, thanks!Published on September 28, 2013 by Summer Evans
A perfect companion to Bradley's Book of Rhymes. Gives lyrics to texts that might be difficult just to listen to.Published on July 26, 2013 by Anthony J. Berret