Signifying Rappers by David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello

Book Club


    Each month, our Aux.Out. Book Club reads and discusses either a canonical piece of music writing or something fresh off the presses. This month, we followed a young David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello into the Boston underground rap scene of the late ’80s. First published in 1990 and reprinted in late 2013 with a new preface penned by Costello, Signifying Rappers not only documents two Ivy League “white yuppies” exploring their shared enthusiasm for hard rap music, but also marks one of the first sincere, intellectual studies of the hip-hop phenomenon as a serious artistic movement. Read on to see the Book Club’s reaction to the classic Signifying Rappers.

    Book Club Members:
    — Matt Melis, Senior Editor
    — Paula Mejia, Staff Writer
    — Steven Arroyo, Staff Writer
    — Henry Hauser, Staff Writer

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