#BARS: The Evolution of Battle Rap in the Internet Age
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About the book

#BARS is an oral history of battle rap, tracing the growth of the culture through the Internet era. You'll get the story straight from the people who lived it — nearly 150 rappers, organizers and other figures lent their voices, including Arsonal, Bizarre, Conceited, Dizaster, Drect, Hitman Holla, Hollow Da Don, Illmaculate, Iron Solomon, Jin, Juice, Lush One, Murda Mook, Nocando, Organik, Poison Pen, Smack, Supernatural and The Saurus.

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#BARS is an oral history of battle rap, tracing the growth of the culture through the Internet era. You'll get the story straight from the people who lived it — nearly 150 rappers, organizers and other figures lent their voices, including Arsonal, Bizarre, Dizaster, Hollow Da Don, Illmaculate, Iron Solomon, Jin, Juice, Lush One, Murda Mook, Nocando, Organik, Poison Pen, Serius Jones, Smack, Supernatural and The Saurus.

The book also features a foreword from Grind Time and Rap Grid founder Drect, one of the most influential figures in the culture's history.

Whether you're a new battle fan looking to find out more about how the scene evolved to this point, or a seasoned fan who wants to get a little more inside baseball from the all-time greats, #BARS has got you covered with nearly 300 pages of insight on everything from 88HipHop and Scribble Jam to JumpOff and the WRCs to URL and King of the Dot — plus QR codes linking you to some of the most important and most unique moments in battle rap history.

Click here for a chapter-by-chapter summary of the book.