Book of rhymes is a tour de force brilliantly renovating hip hop criticism as lit rescues the forgotten vanguard of american poetry henry louis gates jr henry louis gates jr rap may be the most revolutionary development in poetry over the past forty years yet its originality is hidden in plain sight. Book of rhymes the poetics of hip hop is a book by literary scholar adam bradley that looks at hip hop musics literary techniques and argues that we must understand rap as poetry or miss the vanguard of poetry today . This book which claims to be about the poetics of hip hop is in fact a very pedestrian shallow look at the most obtuse and evident aspects of hip hop he dedicates 40 pages to repeatedly explaining the concept of rhythm. This book is a highly detailed account of the poetics of hip hop as the title points out but what isnt shown on the cover is the beauty of rhyming and the implications hip hop has in a social context. Its strange given the profusion of hip hop scholarship that rap lyrics have received so little sustained analysisbut though hip hop is studied at universities as a social movement a musical
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