The Anthology of Rap.

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Bradley, Adam and Andrew DuBois, eds (foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; afterword by Chuck D and Common). The Anthology of Rap. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2011, pp.928, ISBN: 9780300141917.

This work explore rap as a literary form (one of the most influential musical and cultural forces of our time), demonstrating that rap is also a wide-reaching and vital poetic tradition born of beats and rhymes to bring together more than three hundred rap and hip-hop lyrics written over thirty years, from the "old school" to the "golden age" to the present day. The book also feature both classic lyrics that helped define the genre, including...

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