Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib is an American poet, essayist, and cultural critic. He is known for his works that explore the intersections of music, culture, and identity.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. A Little Devil In America: In Praise Of Black Performance

    The book is a profound reflection on the history and impact of Black performance in the United States, weaving personal anecdotes with cultural criticism to explore how Black artists have shaped and been shaped by American culture. It delves into various forms of performance, from music to dance to sports, examining the joy, pain, and complexity of Black performance and its role in resistance and celebration. The author pays homage to iconic figures and moments while also highlighting the often overlooked contributions of everyday performers, creating a rich tapestry that honors the depth and resilience of Black artistry.

    The 10496th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

    In this collection of essays, the author weaves together personal anecdotes, music criticism, and social commentary to explore the ways in which music shapes our identities and experiences. Through a lens that is both deeply introspective and widely resonant, the essays delve into the cultural impact of artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Chance the Rapper, examining the intersections of race, politics, and popular culture. The author's lyrical prose and poignant reflections offer a unique perspective on the power of music to articulate emotion, forge connections, and provide solace in times of turmoil.

    The 10521st Greatest Book of All Time