From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
Adam Bradley, a Harvard PhD, is Assistant
Professor of English Literature at Claremont McKenna College. He
lives in Claremont, California.
About the Book
One of hip-hop studies' brightest young scholars celebrates the lyrics of hip hop as the most vivid, most revolutionary form of American poetry today.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: February 24, 2009
Publisher: Basic Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0465003478
ISBN - 13: 9780465003471