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In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap

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Despite its extraordinary popularity and worldwide influence, the world of rap and hip hop is under constant attack. Impressions and interpretations of its meaning and power are perpetually being challenged. Somewhere someone is bemoaning the negative impact of rap music on contemporary culture. In In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap, bestselling author and scholar ...more
Hardcover, 142 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Scarecrow Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Joshua Finnell
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The literary valuing of rap as poetry has gained significant traction in the 21st century, e.g., see Imani Perry’s Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop and Adam Bradley’s Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop. Novelist Pate (African American & African studies, Univ. of Minnesota; West of Rehoboth) locates the genre’s genesis within the 1960s–70s black arts movement, arguing that the oppositional style and cadence of rap flow directly from the poets
May 04, 2011 rated it liked it
If you already enjoy rap and listen to it as poetry/think about it in literary terms (at least some of it), you'll find this book a bit simplistic, but still enjoyable. However, if you think you hate rap, or if you refuse to listen to it because some of it is misogynistic, racist, sexist, violent, or incomprehensible, this book could be enlightening. Pate addresses the literary roots of rap and its place in hip-hop culture, and it takes rap/poets seriously. A number of song lyrics are listed and ...more
Steve McCann
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must for any spotify/rdio/itunes listener ...
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've shared this book at poetry club meetings. I read the raps like poetry. Pretty cool and very effective. Nice info.
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Alexs pate is an Assistant Professor in African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches courses in writing and black literature, including a course on “The Poetry of Rap.” He also teaches fiction writing at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast M.F.A. program in Portland, Maine.