Go Ahead In The Rain By Hanif Abdurraqib


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“Reading Abdurraqib’s writing often feels like immersing yourself in a blueprint, each fragment made known, expanded, and reassembled right before your eyes–whatever news clip or song or emotion you once took for granted now full of new life. Go Ahead in the Rain is no exception. More than a biography of one of Hip-hop’s biggest influences—A Tribe Called Quest—this book captures what it means to feel something beyond words. Here, specifically, Hip-hop provides a mirror to black boyhood in a hungry America. The struggle and joy, the anger and unmatched creativity. Go Ahead in the Rain is political in that it breathes. It’s self-aware in that it’s smart and lyrical and yet so accessible. Like Tribe’s We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, this story comes at a time when we need it the most. As Abdurraqib puts it, “To briefly hold a hand over your eyes and make a new and welcoming darkness of the world outside, even when it is on fire” (186).”

– Mason

Go Ahead In The Rain By Hanif Abdurraqib