From the Publisher
"You hold in your hands a powerful tool, a document rich in humor and obsessive devotion.
Packed with history and compulsively readable, Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists is bound to spark as many arguments as it settles. Buy the damn thing." Joe Levy, Music Editor, Rolling Stone
"A must-have for any rap aficionado." Russell Simmons
"Fearlessly funny, encyclopedic in scope, and sure to start more beef than Oscar Mayer, this book-like everything Ego Trip touches-is pure hip hop." Alan Light, Editor-in-Chief, Spin
"Essential brain-food for hungry hip hoppers." Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, Editor-in-Chief, The
"A wealth of useful information on one of the four elements of hip hop. Wow! Who had time for this?" Danny Hoch
"The best book I've ever read-and I can't read!" Chris Rock
A must-have for any rap aficionado.
Selwyn Seyfu Hinds
Essential brain-food for hungry hip hoppers.
The best book I've ever read-and I can't read!
Like many pop-culture phenomena, the erratically published, freakishly adored hip-hop zine Ego Trip has only grown in stature since it ceased to exist. Describing itself as the "arrogant voice of musical truth," Ego Trip dissects the world of hip hop with irreverent, sarcastic glee in its first book, a hip-hop version of that most disreputable of guilty literary pleasures, the book of lists. Appropriately titled Ego Trip's Book Of Rap Lists, it combines lists compiled by its editors, celebrity lists by people like Chuck D and Biz Markie, and far-from-definitive lists of the top hip-hop albums and singles from rap's inception through the present day. Some of its entries are more entertaining than others--does anybody really need lists of 99 songs featuring the words "nigga" and "bitch" in their titles?--but most are funny and informative.
Packed with trivia and practical advice from people like mogul Chris Lighty (who offers up 10 rules for road managers to live by) and RA The Rugged Man (who lists 10 ways to get dropped by your record label), Book Of Rap Lists should make perfect bathroom reading. Some of its lists are inessential or just plain baffling: A list of the top clubs in L.A. and New York won't hold much appeal to those living between the coasts, while a hip-hop report card by Kool Moe Dee gives the same grade to Kurupt, Mos Def, and Common. But they're also almost always interesting, and sometimes even laugh-out-loud funny.
Onion's A.V. Club
If the editors of Mad were hip-hop heads they might produce a book as funny, irreverent, and indespensable as this one. It's just as well that they're not, since the obsessives at rap fanzine ego trip have already assembled what may be the most readable, humorous, and enjoyable tome about rap music and culture extant. Within these pages is a wealth of fascinating trivia and arcane knowledge.