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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics$
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Charlotte Pence

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031564

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.001.0001

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Rap Poetry 101

Rap Poetry 101

(p.35) Rap Poetry 101
The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

Adam Bradley

University Press of Mississippi

In his Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop, Adam Bradley states that “rap is poetry, but its popularity relies in part on people not recognizing it as such.” In the book’s introduction, Bradley focuses on line, rhythm, and transcription within rap, providing readers and listeners with the skills needed to appreciate the genre, while also highlighting the connection between rap and poetry. He furthermore discusses rap lyrics, which he says are divorced from most considerations of melody and harmony, as pure expressions of poetic and musical rhythm.

Keywords:   rap, Book of Rhymes, Adam Bradley, poetry, line, rhythm, transcription, lyrics, melody, harmony

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