While the conceit is annoyingly smug, and a number of the poems have already been collected elsewhere, overall The Dead Emcee Scrolls is a solid. The Dead Emcee Scrolls has ratings and 76 reviews. Kim said: Okay, You’ re probably wondering what’s a white girl from Vermont doing reading this? O. THE DEAD EMCEE SCROLLS: THE LOST TEACHINGS OF HIP HOP. BOOKS ยท Amazon. And so it came to pass that every prayer was granted and every dream .

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I tried to keep an open mind and follow his advice on taking the time to deciver the words and the feelings like he did with graffiti, but a lot of the imagery felt like it was chosen to follow a rhyme scheme and be purposefully confusing rather than make any sense upon reflection. emcwe

I just go along with the ride and sigh. Jan 29, Sean rated it really liked it.

I grew up with hip-hop and I love poetry, but I didn’t really like this book. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

I definitely recommend this book to hip hop fiends. Saul Stacey Williams is an American poet, writer, actor and musician known for his blend of poetry and hip-hop and for his leading role in the independent film Slam. The story I am about to tell may sound fantastic.

Granted, I had to have whole parts translated to me, but it was beautiful. The Best World Music of I can appreciate hip-hop, but I don’t see it as necessary to my personal culture and identity.


So you combine two of my favorite things in the whole wide world, to listen to rap music and to read. Jan 31, Chris rated it it was ok Dad We’ll see how this goes. Saul Williams is unquestionably one of the most important poets currently breathing. The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The poems also deal w life issues and scolls frustration that the poet feels are an on-going issue with art and life.


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The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop by Saul Williams

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You people are more obnoxious than Opus Dei and would find yourselves beside the Khmer Rouge on Judgement Day if the whole concept of the Judeo-Christian value function F wasn’t an undefined bunch of rubbish.

A few are very personal. When he does write about other things, it’s a refreshing break. Saul sees himself and Hype at opposite ends of the hip-hop spectrum; Saul is interested and invested in the golden-age rappers like Run-DMC, KRS-One, and the like, while Hype, in Saul’s eyes, personifies the new, greedy, violent age of hip-hop he was, after all, the producer of the film Belly, and the mogul behind such new-school rappers as Jay-Z and DMX, both of whom Saul specifically name-checks here.

Summary- As the Author Saul Williams enters the abandoned subway graffiti station. The imagery is still powerful: In the underground labyrinths of New York City’s subway system, beneath the third rail of a long forgotten line, Saul Williams discovered scrolls of aged yellowish-brown paper rolled tightly into a can of spray paint. It’s a spoken art form, relying on the poet’s sense of rhythm and rhyme to convey the message that he or she wants.

That being said, there is some interesting stuff about the power of hip-hop here and the disappointments of modern rap. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Dec 29, Nick Black marked it as to-read Shelves: I also wasn’t feeling that almost half this book is older material that continues to be recycled by Williams’ publishers.

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I have paraded as a poet for years now. Our politics may differ, but the things we want do not. About Saul Williams Saul Williams is an acclaimed poet, musician, and actor.

I enjoyed his writing voice when he wasn’t trying to force a rhyme which seemed to be the case most of the time. Then, in the rest of the first half of the book, he presents us with what he came up with. That’s a good thing. He challenges us to be individuals.

Unfortunately, more often than not poetry perishes on the printed page, and hip-hop is especially vulnerable to ink and paper’s effects. The story I am about to tell may sound fantastic. You’ll find yourself hearing a beat under your internal monologue as you read. Read more Read less. His work just isn’t my thing, it’s not like it was meant for me anyway.

I’ve read it many times! If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? There was a problem filtering reviews right now. False idols, false Gods. I have paraded as a poet for years now. The white lines only separate me from me. I prefer the spoken word side of hip-hop myself and am active in the spoken word scene in Portland, Maine. Plot The beginning of this book tells a little bit about who and what you’re reading about it talks about Dr.

Williams is one hell of a storyteller, and he’s also one hell of a media critic. So I’m not much into modern poetry how on earth does one start, or even get bearings?