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Book of Rhymes: 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 ...

Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop 2009, Basic Civitas Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780465003471

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