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The Dead Emcee Scrolls by Saul Williams
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Jun 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: poetry, favorites, hip-hop

A book of poetry about hip-hop. And it is hip-hop. The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop. Another reviewer stated that they didn't come away with any more of an understanding of hip-hop than before. The book seems to be more geared towards those already familiar with hip-hop. But even then, I don't think it's going to give a whole new understanding because chances are that if you're reaching for this book you're already in line with what Saul is saying about the state of hip-hop.

The book is about more than hip-hop though. Just like Saul's music it's about life, love, finding ourselves, living up to our full potential, freedom. Those very things that Saul states that hip-hop was created for and can still bring about.

"I have learned the importance of stories, the importance of dreams (night and day), the need to look beyond mirrors, the flow of energy, the hindrances of 'control dramas,' the inconsistencies of time, the inaction that self-consciousness leads to, the reality of the 'unreal,' the universal source of energy, the beauty of all things, the unity of all things, that coincidences aren't, that love cannot be specified (kinda), the ineptitude of belief, death only comes to those who believe in it, life only comes when you're not reading writing, or thinking about it. 'Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.'"
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Reading Progress

June 7, 2008 – Shelved
December 21, 2009 –
page 31
December 23, 2009 –
page 51
December 23, 2009 –
page 75
December 25, 2009 –
page 99
December 27, 2009 –
page 136
December 27, 2009 –
page 168
Started Reading
December 28, 2009 –
page 193
December 28, 2009 –
page 208
December 28, 2009 – Shelved as: poetry
December 28, 2009 – Finished Reading
February 28, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites
November 1, 2012 – Shelved as: hip-hop

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