Understanding Rap : Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics You and Your Grandma Can Understand, Paperback

Understanding Rap : Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics You and Your Grandma Can Understand Paperback

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Although rap music is famous for its ingenuity, double entendres and clever turns of phrase, until now no one has attempted to collect rap lyrics into an organised compendium.

Enter UNDERSTAND RAP, a very funny pop-cultural reference book based on the website of the same name, which precisely explains all the confusing terms and lyrics used in rap songs in a language even the most un-hip person can understand.

The result is a book with breakout potential that's both entertaining and highly informative.

The juxtaposition of dry, academic manner with Hip Hop terminology in UNDERSTAND RAP frequently lends itself to ironic comedy gold.

For example: Lyric: "been servin' since you was doin' the runnin' man" Explanation: My experience selling drugs began long ago, while you were still concerning yourself with immature things like doing goofy dances where you look like you're running in place. (From Song: Rubberband Man on Album: Trap Muzik by Artist: T.I.)Understand Rap features hip hop artists of all names, colours, and creeds and organise their lyrics into the following categories: Cars, Money, Drugs/Alcohol, People, Places, Fashion, Crime/Weapons, Insults, Skills/Pride and Sex/Relationships.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, col. Illustrations
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Slang & dialect humour
  • ISBN: 9780810989214



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Sometimes you read a book solely to expose yourself to something new. This quick collection of chapters explains the meaning of various phrases found in popular rap songs. It goes without saying that some of the content is adult. The explanations are written very formally, which is funny at first but then quickly gets old. I definitely learned some things I didn't know, though it's worth realizing that one reason for the continually evolving slang is to exclude most people from the meaning. This work is an interesting choice for an author who credits a strong Christian stance in their bio.

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