Rap is Literature

“Literature challenges our assumptions, those deeply- held beliefs that shape our worldview.” – Professor Blanco-Cerda

From a post structuralist angle, rap music breaks the boundaries of traditional literature through its use of poetry. Starting at its roots in Africa, it has transformed pop culture on a global scale. Today we will explore its history, the literary devices used, and the artists that have left a mark on the genre.

“Given the ubiquity of sound-reproduction sources in today’s world, it ought to be no surprise that oral tradition and postmodern culture have many of the same characteristics.” – Brent Wood