To have a black academic defending hip-hop artists meant so much; it helped give our work currency. Dyson would still be critical of our misogyny and homophobia but he could see the brilliance beyond the b-words.
I was in the middle of a fruitless search for a black northern monologue to take back to drama school, and for once I had time to spare before my train arrived. My mind started wandering and I took out my rap pen and pad and started to write.
To the uninitiated, there may not seem very much connection between rap music and poetry, but Jonny Wright argues that the two are intimately connected — and offers an insight into how rap poetry has come about.