Shea Serrano’s 2015 book The Rap Year Book, has been picked up as a 6 episode docu-series for AMC, set to be executive produced by The Root’s Questlove and Black Thought. The project will air as part of the AMC Visionaries project, which aims to tell untold stories from pop culture, by reaching back to the people who have mastered it.
Serrano’s original book analyzed one song from each year starting with the earliest Hip Hop hits in 1979 to when it was published in 2015, making the argument that that track best embodied the era. In similar fashion, each episode of the series will focus on one time period, debating, analyzing and breaking down key songs and moments, ultimately identifying one as the embodiment of the era. Each episode will feature a special guest MC, and a group of core contributors, which are rumored to include legendary rap artists. However, AMC is keeping quiet as to who those guests will be.
In hearing the confirmed announcement, Shea Serrano was awestruck. He took to social media to express his happiness, tweeting “wrote a book about rap & now AMC is turning it into a 6-episode documentary with The Roots as executive producers on it the universe is wild”
AMC Visionaries : Rap Yearbook is set to air in 2018 on AMC. What MCs are you hoping to see guest star? Which of your favorite Hip Hop classics do you think will get the top spots?