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The Poetics of Rap

Shakespeare
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Jonas Holdeman

on 26 March 2014

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Transcript of The Poetics of Rap

The Poetics
of Rap

Follow me into a solo . . .
Metaphor
Or, leave it to an English teacher to take the fun out of anything, yo . . .
this time no one will see this
rarrrr im a dinosaur
"twnkl twnkl litl str hw i wndr wt u r'
lyk ds if u cry evertim ;(
doth thou even best a window or are thou simply thine window
In Standard English:
"to hit or strike with
a sharp blow; to percuss"
Jealousy's a sin, Cain killed Abel
Backstabber, Caesar had Brutus
It's hard to weed 'em out, even Jesus had Judas
well, i mean, it is....
I PUT SHIT HERE WHATRE YOU GONNA DO ABOUT IT MOFOS
theres so much hidden shiz in the prezi omfg
holy shit wtf is this circle omfg im freakin out
i am shakespeare i can write poems see look
I'm a beast, I'm a dog, I should rap with a muzzle—
Peyton Manning flow, I just go no huddle.
Allusions
In Black Vernacular:
"to talk, esp. skillfully"
In Standard English, to "rap" means "to hit or strike with a sharp blow"
In Black Vernacular, to "rap" means "to talk, esp. skillfully."
Combined, we arrive at "percussive speaking"
So dummies come simple like Langston Hughes
I watch 'em kneel like Zora, and Tom like Cruise
Stock markets just crash, now I’m just a bill
History don’t repeat itself, it rhymes, 1929, still
Write like Mark Twain, Jay Gatsby, I park things
Yellow cars, yellow gold like Slick Rick.
Talking out your neck, sayin' you're a Christian
A Muslim, sleeping with the gin
Now that was the sin that did Jezebel in
Who you gon' tell when the repercussions spin
Literary
Biblical
TV
In my mind I'm a fighter, my heart’s a lighter,
my soul is the fluid, my flow sparks it brighter.
Turn up the bass check out my melody hand out a cigar
I'm letting knowledge be born and my name's the R
A-K-I-M not like the rest of them I'm not on a list
That's what I'm saying I drop science like a scientist
Yo, with the quickness, so swift you miss this lyrical fitness
Now get this, these emcees wanna test me like litmus, bear witness
I'm like shot clocks, interstate cops, and blood clots
My point is, your flow can stop!
I hold the microphone like a grudge
B'll hold the record so the needle don't budge
I hold a conversation cuz when I invent
I nominated my DJ the president
When I MC, I'll keep a freestyle, going steadily
So pucker up and whistle my melody
But whatever you do, don't miss one
They'll be another rough rhyme after this one . . .

Throwing out the wicked like God did the devil,
funky like your grandpa's drawers, don't test me,
we're in like that, you're dead like Presley.
Sound
Rhyme
Rhythm
Fo
ll
ow me into a so
l
o, get in the f
l
ow
And you can picture like a photo
M
usic
m
ix,
m
ellow
m
aintains to
m
ake
M
elodies for
em
cees,
m
otivates the breaks
I'm everlasting, I can go on for d
ay
s and d
ay
s
With rhyme displ
ay
s that engr
a
ve deep as x-r
ay
s
Initial
Medial
Terminal
HUMP-ty DUMP-ty SAT on a WALL,
HUMP-ty DUMP-ty HAD a great FALL;
ALL the king's HOR-ses and ALL the king's MEN
COULDn't put HUMP-ty to-GETH-er a-GAIN.
It's BEEN a long TIME, I SHOULDn't have LEFT you
WithOUT a strong RHYME to STEP TO
THINK of how MANy weak SHOWS you SLEPT through
TIME’S UP, I'm SORry I KEPT you
THINKing of THIS, you keep rePEATing you MISS
The RHYMES from the MIcroPHONE SOloist
And you SIT by the RAdio, HAND on the DIAL, soon
As you HEAR it, PUMP UP the VOLume

120 bpm
90 bpm
It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
'By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?

The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide,
And I am next of kin;
The guests are met, the feast is set:
May'st hear the merry din.'

Word . . .
STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT
FIRST STAR I SEE toNIGHT
I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT
HAVE the WISH I WISH tonight
Jealousy's a sin, Cain killed Abel
Backstabber, Caesar had Brutus
It's hard to weed 'em out, even Jesus had Judas

Simile
Story Time . . .
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