• 09Sep

    The Anthology Of Rap

    New Haven – Yale University Press is pleased to announce the publication of THE ANTHOLOGY OF RAP (publication date November 2, 2010), edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois. Featuring a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and afterwords by Chuck D and Common, this groundbreaking collection is the first anthology of lyrics to chart rap’s recorded history from the late 1970s to the present day.

    From the school yards of the Bronx to the tops of the Billboard charts, rap has emerged as one of the most influential cultural forces of our time. In THE ANTHOLOGY OF RAP, Bradley and DuBois demonstrate that rap is also a wide-reaching and vital poetic tradition born of beats and rhymes.

    This pioneering anthology gathers close to three hundred lyrics written over more than thirty years. It features both the classic lyrics that have come to define the genre, including Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five’s “The Message” and Eric B. & Rakim’s “Microphone Fiend,” as well as gems likeBlackalicious’s “Alphabet Aerobics” and Jean Grae’s “Hater’s Anthem.”

    Both a fan’s guide and resource for the uninitiated, THE ANTHOLOGY OF RAP showcases the inventiveness and vitality of rap’s lyrical art. The volume features an overview of rap’s poetics, introductions to the major historical periods in rap’s development and discussions of dozens of individual artists and groups. Enter the book, and experience the full range of rap’s artistry – a rich poetic tradition hiding in plain sight.

    About Adam Bradley

    Adam Bradley is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado and the author of Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop andRalph Ellison in Progress. He is also co-editor of Ralph Ellison’s unfinished second novel, Three Days Before the Shooting… www.adamfbradley.com

    About Andrew DuBois

    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.


    For more information
    about THE ANTHOLOGY OF RAP or to schedule an interview with Adam Bradley or Andrew DuBois please contact Alden Ferro, Publicist, Yale University Press 203.432.0909 alden.ferro@yale.edu

    Upcoming Events in November 2010 for THE ANTHOLOGY OF RAP

    Nov. 4: Toronto @ Type Books

    Nov. 11: Chicago @ Seminary Bookstore

    Nov. ?: Washington DC @ Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Nov. 17: New York @ The 92nd Street Y, Tribeca feat. The Art of MC’ing Panel

    Nov. 18: Cambridge MA: The Hip Hop Archive at Harvard University feat. Lyrical Workout Session – Words and Insight from the Battle for Hip Hop

    2011 Events in L.A., San Francisco, Detroit, the Twin Cities and elsewhere!

Discussion One Response

  1. September 27, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I am a very large student of hip hop lyrics and wouldlike to participate i nthe Nov 17th event. however when i go to 92nd Street Y there is nothing listed for this event. Please advise