Brutally honest, endlessly opinionated, Write Lines: Adventures in Rap Journalism is also a love letter to hip-hop as it changed seismically through the decades. It charts those changes from the front line through encounters with many of the greats of rap: Chuck D, Missy Elliott, RZA, Eminem, Jazzy Jeff and Gang Starr among them. This is an unfiltered tale of hip-hop that is both heartfelt and scabrously funny.
“With its relatable take on growing up in the 80s, Andrew Emery’s Wiggaz With Attitude marked his card as a vivid memoirist. He might have failed as a wannabe rapper, but the music he loved gained multitudes from his work for Hip-Hop Connection. A pivotal force in the magazine’s 90s/00s heyday, never short of a telling opinion or four, Andrew set a high bar for its other writers to reach. Write Lines is a transportive account of his many travails in that murky world. Packed with eye-watering encounters and witty asides, his compulsive, self-deprecating and brutally honest reflections will resonate widely and change perspectives on rap journalism forever.” – Andy Cowan, HHC Editor & Publisher, author of B-Side: A Flipsided History of Pop.
“The first book was one of my favourite reads, an ode to hip-hop’s underdogs. I’m buzzing to get stuck into the next step of my guy’s journey.” – Tom Davis, Murder in Successville/King Gary