After 10 years, the Understand Rap website is no longer being maintained.

The main pages of the site have been preserved, but all user accounts and data have been removed. We no longer serve advertisements or track any visitor information as referenced in the Privacy Policy or Terms of Use.

You can still order the book from Abrams Books, Indie Bound, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

I'd like to thank all the people in my life who inspired and supported this idea back in 2009, the artists around the world making rap music every day, the anonymous individuals on IRC who helped me implement the site, everyone who contributed content in the form of confusing lyrics or insightful explanations, the media outlets who reviewed the site and interviewed me, and Abrams Books for believing in the concept in book form and approaching me to draft a manuscript.


Understand Rap would like to thank the following media outlets for their articles:

  • The Toledo Blade
  • The LA Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • SF Weekly
  • Cool Hunting
  • The Dayton Daily News
  • Thrillist
  • ...and many more
For press inquiries, please see the contact page.