‘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.’
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‘What I and most modern-day rappers have taken from The God MC is that multi-syllable rhymes are one of the true measures of talent.’
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.
‘I write to tell the racists that I am black, and I am Britain. But I write because the world ain’t black and white; because I am black, and I am light.’