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Understand Rap: Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics that You & Your Grandma Can Understand [Paperback]

William Buckholz
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Oct. 1 2010
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.

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William Buckholz is a freelance writer living in Seattle.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Coffee Table Book Dec 18 2013
By Leslie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love this book. It's a great conversation starter, very funny and most of all it really does make rap lyrics easy to understand. I bought this for myself but I can think of so many people it would be a great gift for.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining for a gift or a bathroom read July 10 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Cute idea. I bought this as a gift for a friend. The translations are quite witty, but might be best appreciated by a rap enthusiast who would recognize the lyrics better than I. I found those I recognized were more enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rosetta Stone of Rap Jan. 7 2011
By Paul R. Hemel - Published on Amazon.com
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I want to start off by saying: I never used to be a rap fan. I've always loved the sound (the "beats"), but I've never understood what the music is really saying! It's never been out of lack of effort either. I mean, I've tried to understand for YEARS, generally by consulting my grandma (who's been NO HELP whatsoever), but also by playing the music in reverse, because I've heard that's a way to find hidden meaning in songs.

Well, ALL THAT HAS CHANGED. Now that I've purchasd this book, I've had a reason to visit her EVERY WEEK, and together we sit on her "davenport" (that's what she calls her sofa) and peruse this fine piece of literature. This is like the Rosetta Stone of rap music. I can now confidently say that both my grandma and I can listen to various rap songs that we've never heard before and understand what's going on! I even rapped about instant grocery savings the other day, because I was so stoked to save $5.83 with my QFC Advantage Card (that was 38% in savings, yo).

I wish I could give this book six stars, because Amazon would send me an email telling me I can only give five stars and then I would give my grandma the other star, because she is great and, not to mention, a mighty fine rapper herself.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought he was working for Boeing. July 7 2011
By Berkeley Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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I got a free autographed copy straight from the author and it was worth every penny. (Well I AM his uncle and I DID give him all 2000 of my valuable baseball cards back in '84, including Tom Seaver's rookie card) Anyways, I thought he was working for Boeing and doing Hospice work on the side. That's what my brother told me. Here I find out he's writing "ethnically-oriented" music books. The most lilly white kid west of Pahokee and he's explaining rap to the uncool masses. Not as good as Hospice work, but socially valuable nonetheless. The whole family is as proud as a brown peacock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SO FUNNY!!!! SO FUN!!!!! Oct. 14 2010
By pickles are fun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My friends and I love this book so much! We've made a game out of it. Someone reads the translation and we all have to guess what the rap lyrics are. Its pretty fun. Anytime I have someone over, they pick up the book and they think its brilliant, and so do I!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Street Cred. Jan. 5 2011
By Alice Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For Christmas, I got a a new grill, an autographed naked picture of R. Kelly, a new set of 24s, and Understand Rap and I have to say that this book was my favorite gift of all. It's seriously so good that I wish William Buckholz were my baby daddy. Or at least my baby. Or daddy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great funny read April 22 2014
By Krista Hagen - Published on Amazon.com
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Shipped really fast. Was a funny read. Great for those who like rap and a good laugh. Good present for those who appreciate a bit of comedy.
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