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It s very interesting to see what two smart Harvard mother fuckers had to say about rap music in it s toddler stage 26 years after the fact It was such a good history lesson, not only on the music, but the cultural phenomenon surrounding the music Police brutality, Supply Side Reaganomics, the broken promises of the civil rights movement.Foster Wallace and Costello break down the then brand new art form of sampling and legal implications behind it They broke down just why Serious critics refused to take the genre seriously to their folly I ve always been fascinated and empowered by rap I never really thought about my white friends inability to grasp or enjoy it I always assumed, they didn t get it They can t like it because they don t even really understand most of what these guys are saying It never occurred to me that this music just wasn t made for them or even with them in mind It is an art form they were intentionally excluded from, in contrast to the white society that the rappers and their audience have been intentionally excluded from.So much has changed for the music since the publication of this book Wallace and Costello weren t trying to predict the future with this book, but it is very interesting how prescient it has come to be and how relevant it remains. this review is dedicated to all the teachers that told me I d never amount to nothin , to all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustlin in front of that called the police on me when I was just tryin to make some money to feed my daughters, and all the goodreaders in the struggle DFW is the new HST Yeah, I said it Ok, so Wallace is the better writer, but Gonzo Journalism with a Nabokovian vocabulary it is nonetheless And who would disagree other than those zealous DFW fanatics, and isn t kind of weird to get so obsessive about an author like that unless that author is Vladimir Nabokov who many of you know I consider my personal lord and savior why we don t have holidays celebrating his birth Some other dude co wrote this book and he made a few errors in recapping rap s history but whatever, no one cares about the non DFW parts anyways So on to that, that half of the book is less about rap andabout why white folks like him love rap, which isn t really what I signed up for,but as you d expect he also touches on some very interesting ideas of culture in general and there were some parts I probably didn t fully grasp because I ve not read the necessary amount of Derrida needed to fully comprehend Chuck D, and neither, I imagine, has Chuck D.Why did I read an outdated book about rap music written 20 years ago Why does anyone do anything, really OK, this book was so much fun to read So much nostalgia, but not so much from the ubiquitous DFW pop culture reference as from these old rap groups themselves and how The Source magazine is quoted with the authority it held at the time this book was written I loved The Source back when the only records that got five mics were Illmatic and the Chronic and it actually still meant something but this book was also very creepy and weird in the way that that book you read in 4th grade about heroin addiction published in 1971 was creepy.Even Considering all the awesomeness of DFW arguing that rappers are the ultra yuppies worshiping at the alter of electronic self and scratching as the ritualized mutilation of technology , and rap s seeming vapid materialism is actually a post postmodern human urge towards complement of what s been lost viz The Fall, and of course all that violence is simply a metaphor for I know not what, and all sorts of other deep shit I m too tired to even try to summarize at 7am on a Sunday morning when I haven t been to sleep yet, and who knew rap was so heavy influenced by Plato, Milton and Marx etc., I m still forced to automatically deduct a minimum of two star for having to read some over educated white guy explain what the words def and ill mean Certainly worth a read if you like rap music and DFW but I think you need to be fond of both to want to read this A month s worth of free votes for anyone who gets both of these references To claim your prize please send your answer to Kristen Rc o Ocean Records 134 Warren StreetRoxbury, MA 02154 I believe at one point he might of actually said pure Horatio Algers [Download Kindle] ⚑ Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present ♕ The Author Of Infinite Jest And His Co Writer Discuss Rap And Popular Culture, Power, Money, Racial Politics, And Language In The First Book To Seriously Consider Rap And Its Position As A Vital Force In American Culture Brilliantly Written With Great Wit, Insight, And In Your Face Energy Review Of Contemporary Fiction This was put out by Ecco Press formerly of Hopewell, NJ before DFW s first book came out early nineties He and Mark Costello do a sort of Run and DMC, Q Tip and Phife, passing of the essayistically flowing mic, and you can bet who s mos def I read this in 1997 and still remember the part where they dress as rappersor less to try to infiltrate the hip hop scene of Boston s rough neighborhoods, and everyone thinks they re narcs so no one talks to them until they return dressed uber nerdy, like scientists from Harvardor less like they ve got to exaggerate their roles DFW makes a good point that all this rhyme writing, even if it doesn t pay off in terms of XXL gold, might eventually help land the rhymist a copywriting job or something like that one dayhe comes down hard on the side of hip hop lyrics as legitimate poetry compared to preciousnesses read by twelve academics of paste Absolutely worth a read Find it cheap online, mos def. Some interesting observations embedded in extremely young man pretentiousness I love me some extremely young man pretentiousness For people like myself DFW completionists, I mean That s the only highly problematic feature of mine you have to share to be interested in this particular book Other problematic features such as a proclivity for the aphorisms of Jordan Peterson, or the work of Lionel Shriver welcome, but not necessary P M Costello and D.F Wallace wrote this sampler on rap before the genre exploded, and, as they wrote,If you re reading this in print it s already dated 71 They pass the written mic back and forth throughout the book with short essays propelling the narrative, with M for Mark and D for David Sometimes they respond in a footnote to the other s essay Those familiar with either author can glean the distinct voices offered.Although both M.C i pu nitials intended D.F.W seem to have let this work whisper in the background of theirpopular or accessible offerings, you really get the sense in reading the book that it was a highly interesting topic to them They address the obvious questions of intellectual yuppie love w r t rap with self reflective digressions, but I was pleased with many of the arrived conclusionsIt s at the distinctively pop cultural bregma where common sense polarities like art vs politics, medium vs message, center vs margin conjoined and must cohabit that even an enthusiastic white establishment cog s try at some objective aesthetic appreciation of rap runs aground Again, this was written in the 1989 1990 era Keep in mind this was before Snoop and Dre, B.I.G and 2Pac, or NaS and Wu Tang were commonplace rappers Dr Dre was still in N.W.A and Tupac was in Digital Underground LL Cool J is still in his heyday, as are the Beastie Boys who are pretty severely dismissed almost altogether, which I disagreed with for the most part Public Enemy a longtime favorite group of mine is mentioned often, as does Schooly D, whose track Signifying Rapper is dissected and essentially glorified, not the least of which is the title of the treatise Run DMC, Def Jam, Erik B and Rakim also get mentionedIronies abound, of course, as ironies must when cash and art do lunch Walk This Way is an unwanted reunion of 80s black street music with part of its rich heritage, as that heritage has been mined and mongrelized by Show Biz If this is desegregation, then shopping malls hold treasure They also discuss DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince, which is a highlight in the book for a few reasons First, it mentions a sampling of the I Dream of Jeanie theme song, and juxtaposes an episode of that show which was syndicated on the night of the Tampa Riots, offering a po mo imagining of the actual riot spilling out into the episode, exposing the stark truths and falsities of entertainment and Real Life Secondly, it has a few throwaway sentences about the group having a TV show, which is funny because that actually happened, and Will Smith isfamous than I Dream of Jeanie nowadaysIf the formal constraints outlined throughout this sampler are what help limit and define the rap genre s possibilities, it s usually content issues the musical mugging of classical precursors, or the wearying self consciousness of the rap itself that best alienate mainstreams, help keep this riparian genre so insulated, dammed, not for , fresh Parts of the book are really dated, but that is to be expected Again, this was perhaps the first lengthy analysis of rap to get some sort of traction Yes, it was written by Ivy League educated white yuppies But don t cast stones unless you read it There are shortcomings to the book, but it is worth the read overall.It isn t very easy to find a copy it has long been out of print My local library has it, luckily But since you read all the way to the bottom of this review, here is a link in which you can read the sampler in toto what really can be said 90s neurotic white boy irony doesn t age well here we see the type of detail oriented obsession with difference that makes it miraculously disappear in a bravura exercise of mastery this book has less to do with rap than it has to do with the white obsession of it, which probably on the global scale under capitalism finally amounts to the same thing i don t know if they get it or not it i m going to define by examples of diametric opposites 1 they spend most of the book trying to prove that blackness is not as black as it thinks it is, or rap is not quite what it really presents a lot of writing goes into their preoccupation with this unbridgeable cultural gulf that must be bridged, re making themselves to pass t.e lawrence style into the vast nubian unknown, like hemingway chasing white elephants or something it s tedious, i ll explain the two stars at the end of this 2 their irritation with sampling is so dated, and unfortunately it becomes the no duh analogy to how blacks live their lives or something yeah uncle sam sampled a continent and released it as america so shut up mark s i dream of genie passage is tepidly amusing, tedious in a creative writing way so i gave this two stars because on the last pages of the book there is a transliterated score of paid in full it was pretty. Dalla sensibilit di chi ascolta a tutti che usano il termine postmoderno fino allo stomaco dell America. It was made to fail, born to be co opted and subsumed into the junky ferrywake of media s coachingDavid Foster Wallace, Signifying Rappers Rap and Race in the Urban PresentMy relationship with RAP started out a little funky I remember hearing Ice T s Girls, L.G.B.N.A.F on a 9th grade biology trip to Southern Utah Sony Walkman shared in the back of the bird bus A bunch of white, prep school kids from suburban Utah with no tangible idea what the ghetto, urban or underprivileged was like experimenting with early RAP excess to pubescent abandon Fast forward a year I m living in Izmir, Turkey, getting a letter mailed 1 2 around the world from a friend and girl referencing said trip with L.G.B.N.A.F stamped all throughout Letter is discovered and read by Father Father demands to know what L.G.B.N.A.F means There is no way in HELL to explain to Father, while driving in Asia Minor, what that ICE T song meant in Moab or what it means in the here and now The result of this failed explanation is I can never hear Journey s Greatest Hits the abumn I was listening to in the car as my father was interrogating me without thinking of Ice T strange mental ebbs and flows Now fast forward two decades watching my wife watch Ice T on Law Order SVU It is all just a little trippy weird convergences of RAP, Journey, Turkey, and crap television all fighting for meaning in my memory The world IS indeed a DFW essay But, like my diet Dr Pepper left outside overnight or a green pear eaten too soon, this book hints at DFW s later genius without quite delivering the thing you want It over promises and under delivers on the what, why, and wherefores of RAP It is almost exactly what you would expect an overwritten book about rap put together by a young, tired genius who hasn t yet found his literary voice mojo and his college roommate to be like Anyway, it was genius in parts, smug in parts, dated in many many sections, angry and alienated through out, and still despite all its flaws it moved me and was worth the money And, as Lil Wayne never gets tired of telling me only money make me move. and so but Costello s contributions weren t sooo bad but only once you ve gotten over that preface which was not the thing I wanted to read The book itself is perhaps unnecessary given that its reputation, that which you ve already heard about it via the usual paths of literary rumors and second hand opinions, will serve you just fine for just about everything you need except for the technicality of reading everything published under the signature David Foster Wallace It s a nice piece of crusty vault literature, perhaps comparable to the terribly uninteresting Joe sseries released by Mr Zappa s estate There will be , no doubt.hopeful only that we won t have anyone reconstructing his pornography project of the same time period as Rappers Coincidence But so too you know all this already , the book is dated Not just in the ridiculous Summer of 89 manner of a Bryan Adams song which ll really make you ashamed to be Canadian, but not just in the manner of rap s half life being about 4.38 weeks, and who really cares about pop music like products from 24 years prior Is it relevant Are pop products ever relevant Well, Dave wants to always argue that pop products are always relevant because, you know, we watch a lot of TV and this is the shape of our world Back to datedness Dave s thinking here is also dated He ended up doing much better in later non fic and his thought here sounds rather un unpacked, not worked up and through into full articulateness his sentences at times not worth parsing because a who cares about rap from 1989 and b there s little new here that Dave hasn t said better elsewhere and c Dave s pet project of being self conscious of being self conscious is at least as old as Hegel and I ve already long ago moved onto Vollmann s fiction and non which has solved all of Dave s serious fictional and non problems by simply not assuming that they were problems in the first place If you get tired of hearing about Dave and Mark scratching their heads about white kids looking in from outside into the hermetically sealed world of rap, just drop it and pick up one of Bill s whore books, or perhaps his Poor People or but just get your head out of your ass.