Hip Hop's Spoken Word

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The Art Of Verbal Expression

In the sacred and secular traditions of African American vernacular cultural expression, we can identify modes of language performance: sermon, testimony, and prayer as performed in the traditional Black Church, public orator in the spheres of political and social life, children's games and jump-rope rhymes, "playin the dozens", rappin' and signifyin', tall tales, including toasts and boasts and the lyrics of the spirituals, shouts, jubilees, gospel songs, field hollers, work songs, blues, jazz, and popular songs. In form, subject, and theme, all of these elements are present in African American poetry.

Rap likewise incorporates a spectrum of aural styles and techniques, often mimicking the various modes. However, it is essential to recognize rap's unique quality of being an oral form that arose from hip-hop and that shares a certain sensibility and "cadence" with the genre, particularly in order to resolve the confusion that can arise when considering rap that is not poetry. Many rap lyrics are formulated with no designs or intention for the poetic, often more for entertainment value. Styles of rap and lyrical content can vary greatly, but the unifying quality that, for better or for worse, links up the diverse array of rap is the signature hip-hop flow and aesthetic. Rap is not simply a type of spoken poetry, but a relation in the family tree of Black artistic expression. Rap can therefore take inspiration and borrow from preceding spoken word works and styles, while standing independently as an individual member of the family.




















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