#1 New York Times bestselling author Shea Serrano's latest book combines the smooth hipness of Tribe Called Quest, the hellfire of DMX (RIP), the quirky brilliance of Missy Elliot, and the sheer, unstoppable flow of Jay-Z into one enlightened compendium of hip-hop greatness
NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, 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 over the past two and a half decades. From Tupac to Jay Z, Missy Elliott to Drake, you'll find pretty much all of the big names among these pages - as well as 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.
Praise for Shea Serrano: - -
[Shea Serrano is] America's foremost chronicler of pop minutiae. - Texas Monthly
Cleverly written and beautifully illustrated - Esquire
hilarious and insightful - Men's Journal
Your attention couldn't wander if it tried . . . is this a positive review? YES. - New York Times
If you follow Shea Serrano on Twitter, or have flipped open one of his books, you're well aware of his style. If not, you're in for a treat - Seattle Times
A great writer - Vox
Basketball (and other things) was one of Barack Obama's Best Books of 2017
Shea Serrano's most recent book, Basketball (And Other Things), was, among other things, a #1 New York Times bestseller and selected by President Barack Obama as one of his favorite reads of the year. His previous book, The Rap Year Book, was also a New York Times bestseller, and is being turned into a documentary that will air on AMC in 2019. Currently, he is a staff writer for The Ringer.