What’s Good: Notes on Rap and Language (City Lights) is a work of passionate lyrical analysis, a set of freewheeling liner notes, and a love letter to the most vital American art form of the last half-century. Over a series of short chapters, each centered on a different lyric, Daniel Levin Becker — early contributor to the groundbreaking lyrics site Rap Genius (now known as Genius) and author of Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature — considers how rap’s use of language operates and evolves at levels ranging from the local (slang, rhyme) to the analytical (quotation, transcription) to the philosophical (morality, criticism, irony), celebrating the pleasures and perils of any attempt to decipher its meaning-making technologies. Ranging from Sugarhill Gang to UGK to Young M.A, Rakim to Rick Ross to Rae Sremmurd, Jay-Z to Drake to Snoop Dogg, What’s Good reads with the momentum of a deftly curated mixtape, drawing you into the conversation and teaching you to read it as it goes. A book for committed hip-hop heads, curious neophytes, armchair linguists, and everyone in between. Levin Becker will be joined in conversation by Casey Jarman, author of Death: An Oral History.