Shea Serrano is an award-winning writer, author, and illustrator. His first book, Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book, was widely praised, receiving accolades from Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, the Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork, MTV, and more. Currently, he is a staff writer for Grantland.
"The Rap Year Book above all intends to capture hip-hop's
spirit of banter and love of debating who's best. This isn't a book
that's a chore to read; it's one that's a pleasure to argue over.
Buy it."-- "Vice"
"The Rap Year Book just might be hip-hop's first official encyclopedia."-- "Global Grind"
"[A] bold, humorous, and novel treatment of hip-hop's history that makes The Rap Year Book a pleasure to read and absorb, and the kind of ingenuity that doesn't usually have a place in music histories or rigidly structured list-based pop culture reference books but that Serrano refreshingly builds his work around."-- "PopMatters"
"Deeply informed but willing to get personal and weird, The Rap Year Book deserves to be on the shelf next to Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists, its clear ancestor and possibly the smartest book about hip-hop ever published."-- "BLOUIN ARTINFO"
"Shea Serrano and illustrator Arturo Torres have become the Stan Lee and Jack Kirby of online rap-and-sports graphic humor . . . The New York Times-bestselling Rap Year Book . . . is as hilarious as it is insightful."-- "WIRED"
"What's key to The Rap Year Book's distinctiveness is that it seeks to discuss 'the most important' song of each year, not the most popular or the bestselling. Everything about it is subjective and debatable."-- "The Guardian"