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Apparently, the main function of 'The Anthology of Rap' will be as a desk reference guide to some of the most socially important hip-hop singles in history. Including new and old, the Yale Press reports that the book will cover artists as widespread as Queen Latifah, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, M.I.A. and the gangster rap O.G. Ice-T. Think of it as a companion to one of those heavy poetry anthologies you were issued in high school.
The book is edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois and includes a forward by historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., as well as two afterwords from Chuck D and Common. While we're guessing that Jay-Z's first book 'Decoded' will handily outsell this academic text, the book should serve as a robust reference for anyone that wants to study or write about hip-hop in a serious way.
You can purchase 'The Anthology of Rap' on Nov. 9.