In Theory, Rap is Poetry
But in reality, it shouldn't be
We have inherited, through no fault of our own, a misconception of the poet. He is always sophisticated, highly educated, and initiated into the western tradition of thought. Bluntly put, a rich white man.
Because of this, we overlook an ancient and expressive poetic tradition, a modern cultural powerhouse, simply because it does not align with the white conception of poetry. This tradition we call rap, and label ‘low culture’.