Signifying Rappers is a fun and quirky discovery for any fan of
David Foster Wallace or Hip-hop. Signifying Rappers is an
old-school classic from David Foster Wallace and his friend and
room-mate Mark Costello, first published in 1990, long out of
print, and previously unavailable outside the USA. A paean to the
golden age of Hip-Hop and the first book to consider seriously its
position as a vital force in American culture, Signifying Rappers
is a must-read for fans of both Wallace and hip-hop. Set against
the legendary 1980s scene, it maps the bipolarities of rap and pop,
rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom, with an energy and
exuberance which is as fresh today as when it was written.
'Costello and Wallace's pioneering study is a dazzling performance:
informative, provocative, funny, brilliantly written . . . great
wit, insight and in-your-face energy' Review of Contemporary
Fiction 'Both a cogent explication of rap and a cutting, revealing
parody of overinflated, pseudointellectual rap criticism' Seattle
Weekly David Foster Wallace, who died in 2008, was the author of
the acclaimed novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System. His
final novel, The Pale King, was published posthumously in 2011. He
is also the author of the short-story collections Oblivion, Brief
Interviews with Hideous Men and Girl with Curious Hair. His
non-fiction includes several essay collections, including Both
Flesh and Not, which was published in 2012, and the the full-length
work Everything and More. Mark Costello is the author of two
novels, including the National Book Award Finalist Big If. He lives
in New York City.
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