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Hip-Hop Book of Rhymes (minicast)

Hip-hop is high art. If you don’t understand that, you’re missing out on some of the best poetry being created today. Grant talks about the new book by English professor Adam Bradley called Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop.


DFD-er  n.— «The trip to Rockaway Beach involves riding the A train over a different sort of New York landmark: Jamaica Bay. At the 116th Street stop is a busy area with delis and beach shops and, where 116th Street meets the ocean, an...


gunner  n.— «Timika in Basketball they have what is called a “Gunner” this is a person who shoots the ball every time he gets it even when he should pass.» —“Hip Hop MC NYOIL Responds to Director of the Decency...


 n.— «I put the guap up, get the boy popped.» —“You Can’t Kill Me” by Nas Hip-Hop is Dead Dec. 19, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)


anti-backpacker  n.— «Goldenchild is different from your anti-backpacker or whatever the fuck you wanna call it. He has an open mind. He’s heard the underground hip-hop but he likes jay-z and shit like that more.» —“Re: BackPackers...


grill  n.— «What would be “Hello, my name’s Billy. What’s yours, my new friend?” becomes “Sup,” followed by a long, hard stare (a grill).… Even though most of us have never been in a real fight, the ice grill...