Rap Capital: An Atlanta Story

S. & S. Audio Oct. 2022. 14:17 hrs. ISBN 9781797145235. $23.99. MUSIC
Journalist Coscarelli, a culture and music reporter for the New York Times, takes listeners deep into Atlanta’s rap scene, detailing the ways that popular culture and rap influence each other in a nearly symbiotic relationship. Coscarelli uses his journalistic prowess to provide a full survey of Atlanta’s rap culture, from front porches and backseats to recording studios. Listeners are invited to see the entirety of the rap scene in beautiful detail. Narrator Landon Woodson matches Coscarelli’s tone, maintaining a professional distance that leaves room for profound emotion. Neither shies away from the hard reality of rap culture, but the focus is highlighting the creative hustle of its participants. The work discusses internationally known Atlantan stars like Migos and Lil Baby alongside lesser-known artists like Lil Reek and Marlo, showcasing the full spectrum of an industry that is hard to break into and even harder to stay in. Not everyone makes it, but many are desperate to try.
VERDICT Rap’s dominance in popular culture makes this an excellent addition to any library celebrating music, but it is especially important for libraries in the Southeastern United States, a region whose cultural and musical accomplishments, particularly those by Black artists, are sometimes overlooked.
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