I had trouble connecting with this work until I stopped trying to make sense of the words on the page and, instead, started hearing Saul's voice delivering this message in my mind, with his distinct rhythm and inflection and flow. Then it became magic. Absolutely worthwhile, mystical, and fun. Performers and readers alike should read this work; you
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I had trouble connecting with this work until I stopped trying to make sense of the words on the page and, instead, started hearing Saul's voice delivering this message in my mind, with his distinct rhythm and inflection and flow. Then it became magic. Absolutely worthwhile, mystical, and fun. Performers and readers alike should read this work; you Saul Williams is an acclaimed poet, musician, and actor. He lives in New York. Visit his website at SaulWilliams. Saul Williams. In the underground labyrinths of New York City's subway system, beneath the third rail of a long forgotten line, Saul Williams discovered scrolls of aged yellowish-brown paper rolled tightly into a can of spray paint.
His quest to decipher this mystical ancient text resulted in a primal understanding of the power hip-hop has to teach us about ourselves and the universe around us.
Now, for the first time, Saul Williams shares with the world the wonder revealed to him by the Dead Emcee Scrolls. I have paraded as a poet for years now. In the proc ess of parading I may have actually become one, but that's another story, another book. This book is a book that I have been waiting to finish since This is the book that finished me. The story I am about to tell may sound fantastic. It may anger some of you who have followed my work. You may feel that you have come to know me over the years, and in some cases you have, but in others Icons of hip hop : an encyclopedia of the movement, music, and culture.
The Dead Emcee Scrolls
No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted with permission from the publisher or author. The format of this excerpt has been modified for presentation here. There is no music more powerful than hip-hop. No other music so purely demands an instant affirmative on such a global scale. When the beat drops, people nod their heads, "yes," in the same way that they would in conversation with a loved one, a parent, professor, or minister. Instantaneously, the same mechanical gesture that occurs in moments of dialogue as a sign of agreement which subsequently, releases increased oxygen to the brain and, thus, broadens one's ability to understand, becomes the symbolic and actual gesture that connects you to the beat.
THE DEAD EMCEE SCROLLS: THE LOST TEACHINGS OF HIP HOP
The Dead Emcee Scrolls is the fourth book of poetry from spoken word artist and rapper Saul Williams, and its tone from the start is distinctly different. He begins with a long "confession" of a foreword, in which he gives the background exposition while looking at graffiti in the subway, he found scrolls containing "the lost teachings of hip-hop" that he has spent his entire career translating and interpreting -- the "dead emcee scrolls", get it? He then moves on to seven long serial poems, divided into numerous "chapters" of more traditional poem length, and ends with a collection of journal entries from to While the conceit is annoyingly smug, and a number of the poems have already been collected elsewhere, overall The Dead Emcee Scrolls is a solid summation of Williams's work and a strong introduction for the uninitiated.
The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop (Paperback)
This book is where hip-hop and poetry meet. Saul Williams claims he found a mystical old scroll tightly rolled in a discarded can of Krylon in an abandoned New York subway tunnel. Those scrolls, which recounted the past and predicted the future, became this book. This book comes with no musical accompaniment, but it is written in a hard percussive rhythm that keeps fierce beat. Williams' words stay sharp from beginning to end, and in these scrolls he shows his poetry stands up on the page just as well as it does in his live or recorded performances.