Eshun doesn’t write the usual book of music criticism that lays out dates, events, releases and the like. Calling himself a “concept engineer” as an alternative of a author, he creates a text that’s an Afrofuturist polemic-as-manifesto, a screed of principle-as-science fiction, complete with dense passages filled with techno-neologisms and non-linear jumps in narrative and temporality. For some, this type was off-putting, with some reviewers at the time wondering why he just couldn’t write the guide in plain, accessible language.
Even nonetheless, rap progenitors in American cities down south like Memphis and New Orleans stay largely underserved by literature. Put collectively by native Texan Lance Scott Walker, Houston Rap Tapes lets the expertise communicate for themselves. The spectres of departed legends DJ Screw and Pimp C loom over the pages, but more often than not Houston Rap Tapes showcases the breadth of a scene far greater and deeper than some … Read More