HIP-HOP (AND OTHER THINGS) is about, as it were, rap, but also some other things. It's a smart, fun, funny, insightful book that spends the entirety of its time celebrating what has become the most dominant form of music these past two and a half decades. Tupac is in there. Jay Z is in there. Missy Elliott is in there. Drake is in there. Pretty much all of the big names are in there, as are a bunch of the smaller names, too.
There's art from acclaimed illustrator Arturo Torres, there are infographics and footnotes; there's all kinds of stuff in there. Some of the chapters are serious, and some of the chapters are silly, and some of the chapters are a combination of both things. All of them, though, are treated with the care and respect that they deserve.
HIP-HOP (AND OTHER THINGS) is the third book in the (And Other Things) series. The first two—Basketball (And Other Things) and Movies (And Other Things)—were both #1 New York Times bestsellers.
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Hip-hop hooray for this rave to the rap world by best-selling, Barack Obama–approved author Shea Serrano. (The former president put Basketball [And Other Things] on his Top 12 books list in 2017.) Here, Serrano dives into the massively popular musical genre in a collection of lighthearted yet perceptive essays. Serrano cracks us up and makes us think with his quirky, conversational writing style as he asks—and answers—pressing questions about the rap game over the years. Whether he’s exalting the genius of Missy Elliott, exploring Cardi B’s meteoric rise to fame, or digging up the age-old Tupac-versus-Biggie debate, every essay here is packed with wit, insight, and impeccably researched music history. The icing on this MC sundae is renowned illustrator Arturo Torres. His artwork and infographics underscore Serrano’s wit and add another layer to the author’s fun and illuminating observations about the industry.