Literary Crunk

SF author Tamara Palmer digs deep into the Dirty South's rap explosion

Somewhat amazingly, this might be only the second book to be published on the Southern rap scene so far. "As far as I know," Palmer says, "the only other book on the Dirty South is an unauthorized unofficial biography of OutKast, written by a fellow that writes celebrity biographies on people like Ricki Lake." (Soul is published by SF imprint Backbeat Books.) She personally knows of writers who have tried shopping drafts on the subject to snobby New York publishing houses, but to no avail. But she hopes her book -- and the music's continuing popularity -- opens the floodgates for other authors: "A year or two from now, I think you're gonna see four or five books on Southern hip-hop on the market," she predicts. Meanwhile, she's praying Country Fried Soul will help convince nonbelievers "that Southern rap is a viable art form."

As C-Murder might say, Ya heard her?

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