Shea Serrano's The Rap Year Book To Become A Documentary Series

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Shea Serrano’s The Rap Year Book has taken the book market by storm since its release last October, landing on the bestseller lists at the New York Times, the Washington Post and Amazon. Now, the former Grantland staffer’s detailed analysis of the best rap song from every year, 1979-2014, looks to be getting a documentary production deal. The ever-excitable Serrano announced the news yesterday on his Twitter feed:

If you haven’t checked out The Rap Year Book yet and you care about the genre, now might be a good time. Here’s the list Serrano’s come up with:

1979: “Rapper’s Delight” – The Sugarhill Gang
1980: “The Breaks” -Kurtis Blow
1981: “Jazzy Sensation” – Afrika Bambaataa and the Jazzy Five
1982: “The Message” – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
1983: “Sucker M.C.’s” – Run-DMC
1984: “Friends” – Whodini
1985: “La Di Da Di” – Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick
1986: “6 in the Mornin’” – Ice-T
1987: “Paid in Full” – Eric B. and Rakim
1988: “Straight Outta Compton” – N.W.A
1989: “Fight the Power” – Public Enemy 
1990: “Bonita Applebum” – A Tribe Called Quest 
1991: “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” – Geto Boys
1992: “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” – Dr. Dre, featuring Snoop Dogg 
1993: “C.R.E.A.M.” – Wu-Tang Clan
1994: “Juicy” – The Notorious B.I.G.
1995: “Dear Mama” – Tupac
1996: “California Love” – Tupac, featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
1997: “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” – Puff Daddy, featuring Mase
1998: “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” – DMX
1999: “My Name Is” – Eminem 
2000: “Big Pimpin’” – Jay Z, featuring UGK
2001: “Takeover” vs. “Ether” – Jay Z vs. Nas
2002: “Grindin’” – The Clipse
2003: “In Da Club” – 50 Cent 
2004: “Still Tippin’” – Mike Jones, featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall
2005: “Gold Digger” – Kanye West, featuring Jamie Foxx 
2006: “Hustlin’” – Rick Ross
2007: “International Players Anthem” – UGK, featuring Outkast 
2008: “A Milli” – Lil Wayne 
2009: “Best I Ever Had” – Drake 
2010: “Monster” – Kanye West, featuring Rick Ross, Jay Z, Bon Iver, and Nicki Minaj 
2011: “Niggas in Paris” – Jay Z and Kanye West 
2012: “Same Love” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
2013: “Control” – Big Sean, featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica
2014: “Lifestyle” – Rich Gang, featuring Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan

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