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    Usually it is written in a notebook. Sometimes I write long lists of rhyming or related words. I listen to instrumental beats a lot. I think a certain rhythm and rhyme pattern makes a rap a rap.

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    https://video.search.yahoo.com/searc...3&action=click
    Just listen to Jay Z's verse on this, and tell me what you think. Even his delivery sounds like spoken word poetry.

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    I don't know if you would count Hip hop music as poetry, I think that some rappers are very skilled in their lyrics ie Biggie, Em, and Tech N9ne.

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    Many more than that, and there is a massive community of less known but still known artists carrying on poetic traditions, perhaps more than any other genre of music I've heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhymetravilla View Post
    Many more than that, and there is a massive community of less known but still known artists carrying on poetic traditions, perhaps more than any other genre of music I've heard.
    If it's the most poetic genre you've heard, then maybe broaden your listening?

    No lyrical genre of music has the corner on the poetic market. There are diamonds and carbuncles pretty much across the spectrum. Where you have lyrics, you'll have poetry, most of it utter garbage, but a fraction of it truly great. This goes for hip-hop, country, folk, opera, R&B, metal, ... whatever.
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    Annie, yes, but a few are nasty in a good way.
    There was never a great genius without a trace of madness. Attributed to Aristotle.

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    Aha! I so agree. It’s not even close to Hip Hop but my favorite poem was “Diamonds and Rust” for several years and I still love it.
    There was never a great genius without a trace of madness. Attributed to Aristotle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astroannie View Post
    If it's the most poetic genre you've heard, then maybe broaden your listening?

    No lyrical genre of music has the corner on the poetic market. There are diamonds and carbuncles pretty much across the spectrum. Where you have lyrics, you'll have poetry, most of it utter garbage, but a fraction of it truly great. This goes for hip-hop, country, folk, opera, R&B, metal, ... whatever.
    I have fairly eclectic tastes, but stand by my statements. There are great poets and artists in every genre, but the interconnected, inter referential nature of hip hop, and the community out of which is grew has made it especially attractive to young poet seeking to make thier words heard. In addition, as a genre, hip hop is largely constructed from samples of other songs and drum loops, which many hold against it, not unfairly. This is because, to many MCs the content of the lyrics, the poetic merit of that content, outweighs the importance of the beat/music, though you're mileage may vary, drastically so.

  9. #19
    friday at the bombed out church in liverpool from 4 to 6 they have an open mic were all types of poetry gets performed an after paying my donation of a pound i was listening to what was more like a hip hop gig...the influx of students has brought a more diverse and refreshing change to poetry....didn't stay long myself
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    Every open mic poetry event I have ever gone to has been basically a hip hop event, and I've been going for five years. It works for me.

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