'rap yearbook' gets tv treatment from amc

Shea Serrano’s ‘Rap Yearbook’ Gets the TV Treatment From AMC

Shea Serrano, author of Bun B’s Rapper Coloring and Activity Book and former Grantland writer, notched another milestone this week, as AMC has ordered a new series based on his New York Times bestseller, The Rap Yearbook, an analysis of the best rap song released each year since 1979. The Roots are on tap to executive produce the series, which will be part of their AMC: Visionaries programming franchise.

According to a Variety report, AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook will “debate and deconstruct the most important moments and songs from the biggest years in the history of hip-hop with each episode centered on the story of one key song.” Each episode will feature a guest emcee, and a “select group of core contributors including legendary rap artists, acclaimed music experts and other fresh voices.” The book, released in 2015, is a deep dive into some of the greatest records in hip hop and music history, ranging from Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.,” dubbed the best rap song of 1993, to Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “N*****s in Paris,” hailed as the best song of 2011. Any number of rap icons could be joining Serrano and The Roots for Rap Yearbook.

Reports of AMC’s TV developments didn’t include a timeline for when the series debut can be expected, but that leaves time for some much needed preliminary debates. Was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Same Love” really the best rap song of 2012? Does “Knuck if You Buck” have “Still Tippin’” beat for 2004’s crown? You can get your copy of the Yearbook here.

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