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bacttemcocani.ml Author: Adam Bradley Title: Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop. A BOOK OF rhymes is where MCs write lyrics. It is the basic tool of the rapper's craft. Nas raps about "writin' in my book of rhymes, all the words pass the margin. "Adam Bradley's Book of Rhymes is a marvelous exploration into the genius of rap and the cultural gravity of hip hop. His analysis is subtle, sophisticated, and.

Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jan 01, Robert Lashley rated it did not like it. The problems with Adam Bradley's Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop? Where do I start? Or that his choice in hip hop is so throughly modern, as in his slavish defense of lil Wayne at a time where millions of black people aren't int The problems with Adam Bradley's Book of Rhymes: Or that his choice in hip hop is so throughly modern, as in his slavish defense of lil Wayne at a time where millions of black people aren't interested in defending him?

No, the one that sticks out for me is that Bradley is eager to defend the use of metaphor in Lil Wayne's music and eager to excuse his proclivity for threatening to shoot a pregnant woman in the stomach.

Early on he recognizes that the lyric's he's defending are vile, but asks the reader to excuse them in the context of society, and find " the meaning that extends beyond the offensive surface".

Like so many comfortable, educated thirty something hip hop acedemics, Bradley wants the world to recognize every bit of his culture's humanity without granting a bit of humanity to anyone else. His defenses- to paraphrase what George Orwell once said of Auden's spain- are written by someone who Death, Crack, trauma and Rape are at most words; a brand of amoralism only possible of you are the kind of person who is always somewhere else when someone is killing a loved one, destroying a community with drugs, sexually assaulting a woman, or tormenting a tortured, tortured people.

In a sense, the marriage of mainstream hip hop and mainstream academia is a perfect one in it's toxicity. Both are populated by a majority of men who like their horror core Roth, Mailer, Seidel, Baraka Weezy, eminem, rick ross, and now kanye will stop at nothing to defend it, and will stop at nothing to castigate anyone who tells them otherwise.

Their union in Book of Rhymes follows in both traditions in that it is a love letter to something that so many people hate: Sep 14, Alice rated it really liked it Shelves: Useful book as a starting point for my English literature dissertation focusing on hip-hop lyrics. I read this in the hopes it would give me some grounding for the literary analysis of rap, especially because I'm not particularly good at analysing poetry full-stop, and it met my expectations on that!

I'm sure I will be referring back to my notes from this as I get further into my research. Easy to read, and although it goes into technical, poetic terms which is obvious from the title it does s Useful book as a starting point for my English literature dissertation focusing on hip-hop lyrics.

Easy to read, and although it goes into technical, poetic terms which is obvious from the title it does so in a way that is fairly simple to understand.

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As a hip-hop , manual-esque book it is a comprehensive introduction for someone studying, or just interested, in rap from a poetic perspective! Aug 18, Benjamin rated it liked it Shelves: He's trying to get people who respect poetry to respect rap music as a poetic form and at the same time he is trying to encourage hip hop heads to take the vocabulary that already exists for discussing poetry and use it to improve how we talk and think about rap.

Where these audiences overlap is hard to say, but I do think he mostly succeeds, and he does get into more than just the literary and poetic terminology we learned if we'd paid attention in high school English.

It is also fun when he dr He's trying to get people who respect poetry to respect rap music as a poetic form and at the same time he is trying to encourage hip hop heads to take the vocabulary that already exists for discussing poetry and use it to improve how we talk and think about rap.

It is also fun when he draws from ancient poetic practices like Scottish kenning and ancient Greek capping to make his points. Although he is careful about race and doesn't make the mistake of white washing rap, he shies away from discussing class or advocating poetry programs in the "'hood" and I feel that he missed an opportunity there.

He has a bit of a conservative bent throughout in that he doesn't address the politics of hip hop at all, but maybe that's good seeing as how he lists conservative grump Henry Louis Gates Jr Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Lastly, the biggest problem with this book is the complete lack of women. They have simply been cut out of the story. Considering that, the entire thing becomes an apology for rap's misogyny Jan 11, Brandon Harvey rated it it was ok.

I'm into poetry and prosody, wrote my masters thesis on poetry, and also am deeply interested in and ambivalent about hip hop as a poetic form. Not only is hip hop a the only? Many interesting things to be said about it, and I am ready to get into that conversation.

So the good thing about this book is that in reading it, I got to spend a lot of time readi Disclosure: So the good thing about this book is that in reading it, I got to spend a lot of time reading through hip-hop lyrics with an enthusiastic guide, and it did deepen my appreciation for a lot of what's going on in the hip hop tradition and it is a tradition. Just getting exposed to a collection of lyrics, all in one place, putting different eras and artists side by side, is valuable mind-food.

He is basically just pointing and saying, "Here's something else cool! So shallow. Some hip hop rhymes are weird and interesting; some are frankly boring and childish. This book makes no distinction. In terms of hip hop's content problem -- e. On the matter of the hip-hop tradition of a speaker with exaggerated braggadocio, there's a ton of interesting stuff to say going back through the blues and beyond, and he does at least gesture in the direction you would want to go if you wanted to really engage with that issue.

Civil rights history, Jim Crow, masculinity, New Orleans, music economics But he's certainly not going to go there himself. Still, the book provides a mean to pay attention to something that's worth paying attention to, it's sympathetic to the subject, and it covers a lot of ground.

Jul 13, Taka rated it liked it Shelves: Good-- Is Rap poetry? Can it be? These are the main questions Adam Bradley answers in this book. He does the job well—though I was already convinced of Rap's poetic nature before picking this up—and is successful for the most part. There are moments when I thought he was stretching it a little, or saying something that applied to not just Rap but to any creative endeavor.

So when talking about Biggie and Tupac's different styles, he says, "If we listen to them on their own stylistic terms, ho Good-- Is Rap poetry? So when talking about Biggie and Tupac's different styles, he says, "If we listen to them on their own stylistic terms, however, we can judge them against the forms of excellence to which they aspire" Yes, that's true for any art e. Overall, though, the book is illuminating and clearly argued.

What I was most drawn to were the chapters on rhyme especially the innovations Rap has made over the years and signifying, which for Rap consists of dissing and braggadocio. One particularly striking example of the kind of rhyme only Rap can do is what Bradley calls "transformative rhymes" whereby the rapper transforms the pronunciation to make it rhyme with another word.

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So Tupac on "So Many Tears" has these lines: My life is in denial, and when I die Baptized in eternal fire. He makes "fire" rhyme with "denial" by pronouncing it like "file.

Don't ever fix your lips like collagen To say something when you're gon' end up apolagin' Or how he makes "writers" rhyme with "ideas" by distorting the former "wry-tears. As for the chapter on signifying, it was especially interesting to learn that the latter was firmly rooted in black American culture, in the ritualized exchange of insults called "dozens" and the exaggerated stories people tell in prisons or at barbershops called "toasts" which is reminiscent of Beowulf.

The part about dozens, incidentally, struck home for me personally because it put in perspective one of my black friends' behavior back in college: One thing to note is: So if you're interested in finding out how Rap could be poetry, this book is for you. Jun 22, Mike rated it really liked it. Bradley utilizes a litany of lyrics and classic lines of poetry to support his claims. Each chapter is packed with analysis and anecdotes. The chapter titles are poetic devices: Rhythm, Rhyme, wordplay, Style, storytelling and signifying.

The book is the perfect blend of being accessible to every man and still deliver intelligent analysis for the graduate students. Bradley has a PH. Those serious about poetry, hiphop or both will appreciate the comprehensive history presented and well timed examples.

Bradley makes a great case that rappers rank among the greatest public poets of all time. Apr 20, Liane rated it it was ok.

I wanted this book to either teach me the technicalities of rhyme in an entertaining way or teach me about the history of rhythmic structures in rap, but it was mostly disappointing on both counts. It would be better attached to a freshman poetry class with a professor going into more detail where Bradley falters. In fact, I got the feeling this book was written for freshman poetry class.

It was also written for people who don't actually listen to rap from the horrible intro describing what a r I wanted this book to either teach me the technicalities of rhyme in an entertaining way or teach me about the history of rhythmic structures in rap, but it was mostly disappointing on both counts.

Book of Rhymes : The Poetics of Hip Hop

It was also written for people who don't actually listen to rap from the horrible intro describing what a rap show is really like.. The good parts were when Bradley devoted some detail to specific verses. The great parts were when he quoted from the rappers themselves. Which leads to the conclusion that I got what I deserved. Reading this subject matter when written by an academic is LAME. Jul 02, Charles rated it did not like it.

Disappointing, to say the least. 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. Really dipping into the platitudes too in having the chapter on wordplay be straight up explanations of fairly evident lyrics.

Disappointing to say the least, a decent primer for the non-listener but for anyone who has heard a hip-hop trac Disappointing, to say the least. Disappointing to say the least, a decent primer for the non-listener but for anyone who has heard a hip-hop track and at least understood the basics, this will be a slow read. Dec 29, Amy rated it really liked it.

It gives good reasons as to why these are some of the most important developments in poetry in the last thirty years. Jan 17, Zach rated it really liked it. Very deep analysis of both rap's close connection to poetic forms and devices and the stylistic differences that distinguish MCs, like voice, flow, subject matter, etc. I felt like he could have gone more into some other aspects of hip-hop culture like live performance, collaborations, remixing - but otherwise, solid book.

Definitely listen to the tracks he mentions as you're reading. May 08, Morgan Turbo rated it really liked it. I took a long time to finish this one, but it's one I will keep for a long time.

I like hip hop and I like books that deal with creative writing, so this was a perfect hybrid, a great balance of academic writing and interesting stories and lyrics from the world of hip hop.

Anyone interested in hip hop and lyrics would like this book. Jun 19, Jillian rated it it was amazing. This is a must-read for any fan or pseudo-fan of hip hop. It breaks down style, voice, flow, storytelling snd characterization, all while keeping great pace. Apr 06, Andrew rated it it was ok Shelves: Bradley's analysis of the intersection between poetry and hip-hop including rap is interesting and insightful.

While he sometimes prattles on without adding much substance to his argument, he nevertheless offers some meaningful insights into the connection between ancient song and modern music.

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As someone who has never really been into rap, I can attest to the interest this book generated within me. Anyone concerned with either medium could benefit from at least flipping through this little bo Bradley's analysis of the intersection between poetry and hip-hop including rap is interesting and insightful. Anyone concerned with either medium could benefit from at least flipping through this little book.

Jun 26, Hari Kumar rated it liked it. This book had a pretty neat concept and from reading about it online, there was a lot of hype surrounding it. Some of Adam's analyses are spot-on and taught me a bit more about some classic lines, but overall I found it to be a bit bland and unoriginally done. He discusses the importance of rhyme, rhythm, wordplay, and all that. This would be a great intro for someone who literally knows nothing about rap, but it didn't do anything more than scratch the surface.

Feb 17, Ken rated it really liked it. Although he is careful about race and doesn't make the mistake of white washing rap, he shies away from discussing class or advocating poetry programs in the "'hood" and I feel that he missed an opportunity there.

He has a bit of a conservative bent throughout in that he doesn't address the politics of hip hop at all, but maybe that's good seeing as how he lists conservative grump Henry Louis Gates Jr Henry Louis Gates Jr. Lastly, the biggest problem with this book is the complete lack of women. They have simply been cut out of the story.

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Considering that, the entire thing becomes an apology for rap's misogyny Not only is hip hop a the only? Many interesting things to be said about it, and I am ready to get into that conversation. So the good thing about this book is that in reading it, I got to spend a lot of time readi Disclosure: I'm into poetry and prosody, wrote my masters thesis on poetry, and also am deeply interested in and ambivalent about hip hop as a poetic form.

So the good thing about this book is that in reading it, I got to spend a lot of time reading through hip-hop lyrics with an enthusiastic guide, and it did deepen my appreciation for a lot of what's going on in the hip hop tradition and it is a tradition.

Just getting exposed to a collection of lyrics, all in one place, putting different eras and artists side by side, is valuable mind-food. He is basically just pointing and saying, "Here's something else cool!It would be better attached to a freshman poetry class with a professor going into more detail where Bradley falters.

Probably that was titillatingly subversive when it was done in the class r This at least begins to combat the notion that there's no such thing as "hip-hop lyricism. A very nice book on rap, and poetics in general. That's a curious name for a motorcar.

They have simply been cut out of the story.

The Poetics of Hip Hop? Although he is careful about race and doesn't make the mistake of white washing rap, he shies away from discussing class or advocating poetry programs in the "'hood" and I feel that he missed an opportunity there.

Early on he recognizes that the lyric's he's defending are vile, but asks the reader to excuse them in the context of society, and find " the meaning that extends beyond the offensive surface". Where these audiences overlap is hard to say, but I do think he mostly succeeds, and he does get into more than just the literary and poetic terminology we learned if we'd paid attention in high school English.

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