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The Anthology of Rap



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For Anyone Interested In American Culture  April 4, 2011

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 textbook 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 textbook on rap lyrics that this.

The Anthology of Rap: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


From the school yards of the South Bronx to the tops of the "Billboard" charts, rap has emerged as one of the most influential cultural forces of our time. This pioneering anthology brings together more than 300 lyrics written over 30 years, from the "old school" to the present day.

Author Biography

Adam Bradley is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado and the author of Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop and Ralph Ellison in Progress. He is also co-editor of Ralph Ellison’s unfinished second novel, Three Days Before the Shooting. Andrew DuBois is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto at Scarborough and the author of Ashbery’s Forms of Attention. He is also co-editor of Close Reading: The Reader.

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