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Why Are Rappers Underatted As Poets ?

"Whenever someone recites a list of great poets, they bring up Dickinson, Hughes, and Frost. Those are all great poets but am I wrong for thinking of someone like Nas into these categories... for example

An excerpt of Emily Dickinson's - I measure every Grief I meet
I measure every Grief I meet
With narrow, probing, Eyes --
I wonder if It weighs like Mine --
Or has an Easier size.

I wonder if They bore it long --
Or did it just begin --
I could not tell the Date of Mine --
It feels so old a pain --

I wonder if it hurts to live --
And if They have to try --
And whether -- could They choose between --
It would not be -- to die --

Compared to Nas's most popular song (The World is Yours)..

I'm the young city bandit, hold myself down singlehanded
For murder raps, I kick my thoughts alone, get remanded
Born alone, die alone, no crew to keep my crown or throne
I'm deep by sound alone, caved inside in a thousand miles from home
I need a new *****, for this black cloud to follow
Cause while it's over me it's too dark to see tomorrow
Trying to maintain, I flip, fill the clip to the tip
Picturin my peeps, now the income make my heartbeat skip
And I'm amped up, they locked the champ up, even my brain's in handcuffs
Headed for Indiana stabbin women like the Phantom
The crew is lampin big Willie style
Check the chip toothed smile, plus I profile wild
Stash through the flock wools, burnin dollars to light my stove
Walk the blocks wit a bop, checkin Danes plus the games
people play, bust the problems of the world today

Isn't it arguable to call many golden age rappers prime poets? Rhyming wise, "The World is Yours" is just better" - Yahoo answers


It is likely the profanity and hatred displayed in most rap music

Rap as of late is looked at how the majority of current artists make it look. Rap in the past had a number of quotable lyrics & they were pretty crafty with what they'd rap about. Now, most people see it as simply rapping about something like that expensive Lamborghini Aventador they brought a few days ago or that new house on the hills they now own

Mario Vitale

author comment

on the Internet
there is a word
once i entered in and do you know what happened
all my writings got wrapped
and sent to cloud 9
its been ages i have yet all to find

so RAP may be a dangerous thing
Just examine
improve upon spelling
many times many poets have rapped me
ur poetry is rap
I thanked them
glad ts not crap

filled with hatred and violence that isn't treated half as bad as rap is. There is literally an artist who put shit in cans for his "art". Another artist swallows colored liquid and vomits it on the canvas. The difference between that other stuff and rap? The skin color of the main people who perform those types of art. 
Many classical paintings that are considered the masterpieces of the greats depict violence, real or mythological. 
These are just a few examples. As you can see, violence and hatred in art are not exclusive to rap, but rap has an extreme reputation because it comes from black folks. 

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