Item Details

Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop

Adam Bradley
Format
Book
Published
New York : Basic Civitas, [2017]
Edition
Revised and updated
Second edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780465094400, 0465094406
Summary
"Rap may be the most revolutionary development in poetry over the past forty years, yet its originality is hidden in plain sight. Often overshadowed by the beat, bluster, and hype surrounding the music, lyrics are the heart of hip hop. Book of Rhymes explores America's least-understood poets by unpacking their complex craft and according them the respect they deserve as lyricists. Examining the language and techniques of hip hop's most memorable artists, literary scholar Adam Bradley argues that a new world of rhythm and rhyme awaits us if we put aside preconceptions and encounter rap with new ears and new eyes. Updated to reflect nearly a decade of the genre's evolution, Book of Rhymes remains the definitive work on the poetry of hip hop"--Page 4 of cover.
Contents
  • Prologue
  • Rap poetry 101
  • -- Rap poetry 201
  • Rhythm
  • Rhyme
  • Wordplay
  • Style
  • Storytelling
  • Signifying
  • Epilogue.
Description
xl, 243 pages ; 21 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-225) and index.
Technical Details
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