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Dallas Morning News
“Excellent…Where so many hip-hop studies lean heavily on politics and sociology, Book of Rhymes is a welcome and thorough exploration of rap aesthetics that isn’t afraid to be learned.”
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“As comfortable in the company of Jay-Z as he is with John Donne, Adam Bradley is a visionary critic, skillful and wise. His Book of Rhymes is a tour de force, brilliantly renovating hip hop criticism as he rescues the forgotten vanguard of American poetry.”
“Adam Bradley’s Book of Rhymes is a marvelous exploration into the poetic genius of rap and the cultural gravity of Hip Hop. His analysis is subtle, sophisticated, and soulful!”
Jeff Chang, editor, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop
“Where some hear noise, Adam Bradley hears the past and future of poetics. With taste, precision, and style, Book of Rhymes explains the art of rap in ways as bold, lyrical, and imaginative as the art form itself. Heads and theorists will find much to love and argue with in this fine work.”
“All I can say is wow—it was like somebody was reading my mind. So many books have been written about hip hop's history—that time and that magic—but if you don't get it from reading Book of Rhymes, then you're just not going to get it.”
Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“Bradley delivers the intellectual dynamite with this astonishingly researched, passionately argued glove-across-the-face challenge to traditional hip hop scholarship. Superb on every level, a revelation and a joy to read.”
“Bradley’s book is ultimately successful, with a readable text that can engage diehard hip-hop heads, conventional poetry buffs or any combination of the two.”
You've got to be kidding...Obviously the author of this book listens to a small subsegment of Hip-Hop "songs". Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lee DeGraw Jr.
I really liked this book it actually inspired one of my freestyle verses for my Open Bar mixtape coming soon at cockybutconfident.com/rimestrikePublished 9 months ago by Richard
Bought this as a gift for my fiance's brother. He loves it so I think it is a rather decent read for a 17 year old.Published 18 months ago by Meredith
I'm sorry, this preview is slightly premature. However it needs to be pointed out that the rapper Papoose is not in the the index and thus, I take it, not in the book. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Gigben
The premise of Book of Rhymes is a bit of a weird one for Hip Hop fans.
It assumes that Hip Hop needs someone to defend it, even though just a casual glance at respected music... Read more