Rap Dad

A Story of Family and the Subculture That Shaped a Generation
CD - unabridged
Audio (6 discs)
Product Number: DD40889
Released: Sep 25, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508278597
Narrator/s: Juan Vidal
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Description

A timely reflection on identity in America, exploring the intersection of fatherhood, race, and hip-hop culture. Just as his music career was taking off, Juan Vidal received life-changing news: he'd soon be a father. Throughout his life, neglectful men were the rule-his own dad struggled with drug addiction and infidelity-a cycle that, inevitably, wrought Vidal with insecurity. At age twenty-six, with only a bare grip on life, what lessons could he possibly offer a kid? Determined to alter the course for his child, Vidal did what he'd always done when confronted with life's challenges. He turned to the counterculture. "The counterculture took the place of a father I could no longer touch. Since things like school and church couldn't get through to me, I was being trained up outside of organized institutions. What I gravitated to were these movements that not only felt redeeming, but also freeing. They were almost everything I needed." In Rap Dad, the musician-turned-journalist takes a thoughtful and inventive approach to exploring identity and examining how we view fatherhood in a modern context. To root out the source of his fears around parenting, Vidal revisits the flash points of his juvenescence, a feat that transports him, a first-generation American born to Colombian parents, back to the drug-fueled streets of 1980s-90s Miami. It's during those pivotal years that he's drawn to skateboarding, graffiti, and the music of rebellion: hip-hop. As he looks to the past for answers, he infuses his personal story with rap lyrics and interviews with some of pop culture's most compelling voices-plenty of whom have proven to be some of society's best, albeit nontraditional, dads. Along the way, Vidal confronts the unfair stereotypes that taint urban men-especially Black and Latino men-in today's society. An illuminating journey of discovery, Rap Dad is a striking portrait of modern fatherhood that is as much political as it is entertaining, personal as it is representative, and challenging as it is revealing.

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eAudio
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Author(s): Juan Vidal
Narrator(s): Juan Vidal
Product Number Z100142253
Released: Sep 25, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508278573
eBook
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Author(s): Juan Vidal
Product Number EB00724627
Released: Sep 25, 2018
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: #9781501169410

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