Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop

Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop

by Adam Bradley


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ISBN-13: 9780465003471
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/24/2009
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Adam Bradley is a professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder where he directs the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture. The author or editor of six books, Bradley has contributed to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, among others. He lives in Boulder, Colorado

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Rap Poetry 101 xiii

Rap Poetry 201 xxv

Part 1

1 Rhythm 3

2 Rhyme 41

3 Wordplay 73

Part 2

4 Style 103

5 Storytelling 133

6 Signifying 149

Epilogue 173

Appendix 181

Acknowledgments 211

Credits 215

Notes 217

Index 227

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Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv hip hop
ShaZan More than 1 year ago
This book is a highly detailed account of the poetics of Hip Hop (as the title points out), but what isn't shown on the cover is the beauty of rhyming and the implications Hip Hop has in a social context. Not only does Bradley break down poetry and rhythm, he shows the reader a view of Hip Hop only the most devoted heads can see. While he defends Hip Hop as an art, he also points out its faults and how Hip Hop has been misinterpreted. This is a book for true Hip Hop heads and critics alike. Extremely well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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