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"Rap is Poetry"

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Cynthia Barrie

on 6 September 2012

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In this we are going to cover the different views on rap music Is Rap Poetry? Others perspectives of rap I believe that some rap is poetry and some is not. I believe ALL rap is poetry. I Think all rap is trash! Who would Call this poetry?! Rap is written like poetry All Rap is poetry. What is it and why do we care? The Iambic Pentameter Not an art. Rap is a Business Literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. Definition of Poetry But does that make it poetry? Like all music, rap is written in a poetic form, but does that mean it is poetry? I don't think so. We are going to compare two rap songs. One I would perceive as poetry and one I would not, if you took the music away form them. lyrics from "Love The Way You Lie" -Eminem. "...So lost in the moments when you're in them
It's the rage that took over it controls you both
So they say you're best to go your separate ways
Guess if they don't know you 'cause today that was yesterday
Yesterday is over, it's a different day
Sound like broken records playing over but you promised her
Next time you show restraint
You don't get another chance
Life is no Nintendo game
But you lied again
Now you get to watch her leave out the window
Guess that's why they call it window "pain"" Poetic? Poetic? Lyrics to "Did is on 'em" -Nicki Minaj "...Shitted on 'em, man I just shitted on 'em
Shitted on 'em, p-p-put yo' number twos in the air if you did it on 'em

All these bitches is my sons
And I'ma go and get some bibs for 'em
A couple formulas, little pretty lids on 'em
If I had a dick, I would pull it out and piss on 'em
L-l-let me shake it off
I just signed a couple deals, I might break you off
And we ain't making up, I don't need a mediator
Just let them bums blow steam, r-r-radiator" It shows emotion and feeling, it tells a story, that is what poetry is. It doesn't always have to rhyme, but it needs flow and most of all some emotion. I call this poetry "Love the way you lie" is a great example of poetic rap. My favorite line from the whole song is "Now you get to watch her leave out the window
Guess that's why they call it window "pain"". It's creative and a play on words, but says how he feels when his girlfriend leaves him. There are may different views on rap music. Some people love it and some people absolutely hate it, and there are those few people in between that are like "eh, its good I guess," we are going to view all aspects of rap appreciation and see if the others agree with Jay-Z's statement "Rap is poetry." Some would say yes, some would say "are you kidding me?" Is This Poetry?? I can't even describe this song to you. Nicki is very good at saying things and them not really making seance, or making people say "what did she just say?" I enjoy listening to her music for this reason. It makes her unique as an artist, but I would never say this is poetry. This song is about her pooping on someone. . . The beat of this song is the reason I like it, but we are looking at the lyrical content. Not the beat or how the lyrics are given. Take this to someone you is really into literature, they would probably cry if you called this poetry.. Not all rap is poetry To conclude Can't tell if its poetry or not... I believe there is also a gray area in Rap Lyrics to "Magic" -B.o.B "These tricks that I'll attempt will blow your mind
Pick a verse, any verse, I'll hypnotise you with every line
I'll need a volunteer, how about you, with the eyes?
Come on down to the front, and stand right here and don't be shy
I'll have you time-travellin', have your mind babblin'
People tryna inherit the skill so they askin' me
Even David Blaine had to go and take some classes, and
I see Mindfreak like, "What's up man, what's happenin'?"
So come one, come all, and see the show tonight
Prepare to be astounded, no Ghost or Poltergeist
You know I'm no Pinocchio, when ever told a lie
So call me Mr. Magic Man, I float on Cloud 9" But other's would feel differently.. I would call it poetic. "Magic" is written poetically like other rap music, it does not rap about money or girls, it's very clean compared to what I called non-poetic. But it doesn't have a hidden meaning or a story or emotion. It's a happy song but he is raping about himself and how good a raper he is. The cores goes "I've got the magic in me
Everytime I touch that track it turns into gold
Everybody knows I've got the magic in me
When I hit the floor the girls come snappin' at me
Now everybody wants some presto magic" It is written poetically, but is not necessarily poetic. Simply said. It all comes down to someone's personal opinion and how they define what poetry is. Poetry is a subjective art, so some people may see rap as poetry while others may not. Honestly, there is lots of evidence that proves that rap is poetry and lots saying that it is not. In an article I found, a rap writer says "“Good rap is definitely poetry,” he says, “and it's up there with the best poetry.” But he makes an important distinction, that seems like a necessary one for someone in his position, “you have to be careful, because it's also a product, and it's also entertainment. It's not purely art.”" which I think is very true (Staley).
Rappers write for their audience, and a lot of people like to hear songs that are about girls shaking their butt or getting money and all those things you hear in rap. But there are people who really do enjoy the poetic side of rap, when they can actually find it. It all depends on how you define poetry, but you must keep in mind that in the end, rap is a business and the producers aim to please their customers. Rap is written poetically therefore it is poetry. Rap artist use the same tools poets use to write their music, so why shouldn't it be considered poetry? In poetry, a meter is a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables which are referred to as feet. In the Iambic Pentameter, five pairs of one unstressed and one stressed syllable make up one line. An example of this would be, "If you would put the key inside the lock," which would be read as, "if YOU | would PUT | the KEY | inSIDE | the LOCK." The second syllable has more force put onto it. Shakespeare used this in a lot of his writings. There are other forms of feet and meter that are used in poetry, they are all determined by the stress pattern. Why this is important Hip hop/rap artist use this technique as well Rap artist use a variation of the Iambic Pentameter in their music today, you can find it in many different songs. Eminem's song "The Kids" is a good example of a Iambic Pentameter. (Only have to listen to the first 40 seconds, and there may be some explicit language.) Do you hear the stress on some of the words? To break down one of the lines it would look something like this
"and HE | don't GOT | a JOB| cause BOB | SITS at | HOME and | smokes POT"
The rest of the song follows the same pattern, many other rappers use this tool in their songs as well. Notice that the stress pattern switches in the 5th foot because using Iambic stress pattern strictly throughout the song would be difficult. Shakespeare used the Iambic Pentameter in nearly all of his works and we consider him to be one of the greatest writers in history. Rappers use the Iambic Pentameter as well, their language may be different, but the rhythm/tools used are the same as Shakespeare's. The art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts. The Definition of Poetry. Poetry is expression of ones thoughts or feelings in either written or spoken words.
Many rappers write songs about what they have experienced and try to convey their feelings into the song. Lots of artist will experience something in their life and turn right to the studio to get those feelings out. All artists do this, it's how they escape. Poets sit down and write when they are feeling something, painters paint, and Rappers make music. All is a form of expression, and all is a form of art. To make it big in the music industry Rappers need to produce music their fans are going to buy. The industry is purely an entertainment industry, if you want to make money, you need to entertain. So, they produce songs that have a fun beat to dance to, but don't have any meaning to them. Rap music these days has lost all it's meaning, no one is rapping about current issues or black rights, they are only rapping about how much they "Luv Dem Strippers". Modern rap is not poetry, it is business. The key word is "Literary", poetry is written work that needs meaning, and deep thought. The words alone can make you feel something, they have emotion. There could not have been much emotion driven thought put into the song "Dance Ass".

Another key point is, "special intensity ... of feelings and ideas ..." Rap music these days give no deeper feelings or ideas beyond hot girls, money, how awesome they are, and partying. Superficial things such as these cannot convey the intensity of emotions needed for poetry.

Poets don't need a catchy beat and a person delivering the words to make you feel. Poetry is art, rap is entertainment.
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