Is rap poetry?
This question has been on my mind for a while now. It all started a fortnight ago when a couple of my friends who incidentally were rappers and I engaged in some form of argument/discussion. They were of the opinion that their art was poetry in motion. I begged to differ then but lacked credible evidence to back my claims. I still lack evidence hence this post and I’m hoping someone somewhere could shed some light on the topic at hand.
I would love to ask some basic questions; Mayowa, Lanre and Chris; I hope you’re reading this.
If rap is poetry like you say;
Would you term Eminem a world renowned poet?
Or would you describe our very own M.I.,Olamide and Ice Prince *holds laugh* as poetry masterminds seeing they have mastered the art of rap as regards the Nigerian audience?
Is poetry all about the wordplay or a few ‘deep’ lines or is it much more than that?
I’m of the opinion that poetry is way ‘way’ deeper than rap. So I tried to answer some of the questions myself and scribbled some sort of poetry/rap in my journal. To my understanding, I will just describe it as wordplay. You tell me what you think. Is this poetry or rap?
It’s titled ‘Dear Fiend’;
If it takes you years to decipher simple logic
Months to pinpoint what truly matters
Then maybe I should rethink my steps
And hurry off in the direction of safety
A world of utmost solitude
Protection from you
You probably don’t understand
This might seem as mysterious as the sprinkling of his blood
But his Word I truly believe in
Skimmed it from the beginning to his Revelations
And it says I should be wary of vultures like you
And the folks you share a feather with.
Where I’m heading is unknown for now
A descendant of Abraham I’ve suddenly become
All his traits I’m bound to inherit
So I won’t let you poison my lot in life
Least I fall prey to the wrath of Sodom
And my bae becomes but a memory of salt and vinegar.
Rap? Poetry? You tell me!