chapter  6
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“Every syllable of mine is an umbilical cord through time”: Toward an analytical schema of Hip Hop poetics

In recent years, scholars have begun to examine the artistic complexity of Hip Hop Culture, to deconstruct its aesthetics, and to develop means of analyzing this increasingly popular literary and linguistic form. This chapter is designed to explicate aspects of Hip Hop poetics by focusing on sound/lyrical production (commonly known as “rappin”). I have chosen Pharoahe Monch’s CD, Internal Affairs, because it provides a uniquely diverse body of contemporary poetic expression as creative as it is complex.