Book of Rhymes by Adam Bradley
The Poetics of Hip Hop

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If asked to list the greatest innovators of modern American poetry, few of us would think to include Jay-Z or Eminem in their number. And yet hip hop is the source of some of the most exciting developments in verse today. The media uproar in response to its controversial lyrical content has obscured hip hop’s revolution of poetic craft and experience: Only in rap music can the beat of a song render poetic meter audible, allowing an MC’s wordplay to move a club-full of eager listeners.

Examining rap history’s most memorable lyricists and their inimitable techniques, literary scholar Adam Bradley argues that we must understand rap as poetry or miss the vanguard of poetry today. Book of Rhymes explores America’s least understood poets, unpacking their surprisingly complex craft, and according rap poetry the respect it deserves.


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Adam Bradley is a scholar of African-American literature and a writer on black popular culture.?He is the?author of "Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop" and the co-editor of Ralph Ellison's " "Three Days Before the Shooting..." ," ?and "Yale Anthology of Rap" .?Adam is an associate professor of Literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder?and lives in Boulder with his wife.
Published February 24, 2009 by Basic Civitas Books. 274 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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A case for hip-hop artists’ place beside the giants of classic verse.

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It is here in the verse itself, the basic unit of rap's poetry, that the things that matter most in transcription make themselves manifest: accurate line breaks, correct spelling and punctuation, judgments on how to (or whether to) convey when an artist sonically bends a word, judgments on how to...

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