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ORGANIZATION OF ESSAY This essay have introductory paragraph which have 7 sentences, body paragraph 1 which have 9 sentences , body paragraph 2 which have 1 sentences of quotation , body paragraph 3 have 29 sentences , body paragraph 4 have 12 sentences , body paragraph 5 have 1 sentence of quotation, have 12 sentences , body paragraph 6 have 3 sentences , and for the concluding paragraph , it have 4 sentences. For the compare and contrast essay, the author show the ability to compare which is emphasize the similarities and for the contrast, the author emphasize the differences. But the author not mentions a much contrast in this essay. PARAGRAPH Most of the paragraph in the essay, the author write the topic sentence . I can see the author states the topic sentence that generally introduces the information that follow in the supporting sentences in the paragraph. The author mention the similarity in the paragraph. The author also explain what is the similarity between rap and poet. Lastly, the concluding paragraph , the author summarize all the topic sentence and the similarity between poet and rap. Introductory Paragraph Present Situation : quotation (7 Sentences) "When I first started rapping, me and a couple brothers would all sit around my place free styling while someone beat boxed. I even used to tell all the girls that I was a poet. They seemed to find it a little more touching than a rapper" (Prince Paul, The Source 16) The lyrics of rappers are very similar to the words of Black poets. 2 Sentences) It is argued as to whether or not rap is a viable form of poetry. Both discuss similar subjects, write in the same style and use the same type of language in their writings. When looking at a poem or reading rap lyrics, distinguishing between the two can be difficult, if not impossible. (9 Sentences) Both Black rappers and Black poets write about the

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same subjects. For example the rap group NWA, and the poet Alice Walker, both cover the topic of being from a minority race. Alice Walker states in one of her poems that "there is no planet stranger than the one in from" (Walker, "Note Passed To Superman" 18-19). What Alice is saying is that the world is strange because people judge others by their skin color. S The approach NWA takes is a more presumptuous one. In the song "Fuck Tha Police", NWA says " Young nigga got it bad cuz im brown / And not the other color so police think / They have the authority to kill a minority" (NWA "Fuck Tha Police" 3-5) Another common subject between Black poets and rappers is "ghetto life" Nikki Giovani's poem called "For Saundra" is about how she is going to write a poem about trees and blue skies. Then she realized that she was living in a "concrete jungle". Sentences) (1 Sentences) i wanted to write / a poem / that rhymes / but revolution doesnt lend / itself to bebopping / then my neighbor / who thinks i hate / asked -do u ever write / tree poemsi like trees / so i thought / i'll write a beautiful geen tree poem / peeked from my window / to check the image / noticed the school yard was covered / with asphalt / no green - no trees grow / in Manhattan / then, well, i thought the sky / ill do a big blue sky poem / but all the clouds have winged / low since no-Dick was elected / so i thought again / and it occurred to me / maybe i shouldn't write / at all / but clean my gun / and check my kerosene supply (Giovanni "For Saundra") (29 Sentences) What all this is about is simply the reality of the urban ghettos. Gangsters also write lyrics pertaining to ghetto life. In the song "In Memory Of", Gangsters talks about life on

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the streets and how it is always a hard time for a black man trying to get by in society. "If we don't build we'll be destroyed / that’s the challenge we face in this race of poor and unemployed" (Gangsters "In Memory Of" 11-12) Love and even more specifically, sex, are yet another subject shared by both rappers and Black poets. The lyrics in the song "Brown Skin Woman" by KRS-1, are discussing the love for the "brown woman" and also sex with the "brown woman". (6 Sentences) Haki Madhubuti also writes his poems about love and sex. In the poem "My Brothers", Haki is sending a message to the other black males about how they should start to love and respect the females of the black race. "My brothers i will not tell you who to love or not love i will only say to you that Black women have not been loved enough" (Madhubuti "My Brothers" 1-6). Whether it be about sex, racism or life in the ghettos, Black poets and Black rappers share the same views and write about the same subjects. The language used by Black rappers and Black poets is a strong, short, to the point language. Maya Angelou demonstrates this in her poem "Aint That Bad". In the poem Maya uses a lot of repetition to get her point across. (7 Sentences) "Now ain't they bad? / Now ain't they black?" (Angelou "Aint That Bad?" 17-18). These lines are repeated several times in a row during the poem and again at the end of the poem. "The lyrics of NWA banned off most radio stations. The videos banned from MTV. And for what? Telling it like it is?" (NWA "Live From Compton"). NWA has been criticized for having vulgar provocative lyrics that simply tell the truth. In the song "Fuck Tha Police", they discuss how white police are always all over them for doing absolutely nothing.

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NWA then goes on to to say that an even worse situation is the "black police showing off for the white cop" (NWA "Fuck Tha Police" 20-21). What they mean by this is that when a black and a white cop are working together, the black one has to try and show up the white cop by going to extremes. This often results in the unnecessary death of black men The language used by most rappers and now even Black poets, is called ebonics. It is also referred to as ghetto slang They make such stupid decisions because it always blows up in their face. I think that they should use reverse psychology on the people and say to go out and buy the stuff and see what happens. "Little shorties sedated thinkin' the way out is by sellin' crack" (Grand Puba "Change Gonna Come" 11 ). This line by Grand Puba is written in basic ebonics Simply translated it says; kids are thinking that their only way off the streets is to deal drugs. The language used by Black rappers and Black poets is a language that has a lot of power, strength and emotion behind it. (12 Sentences) What rap artists and poets have most in common are their messages Their messages are of love, hate, racism, violence and of what our world is going to become unless things are changed. A rap artist by the name of Grand Puba talks in his song, Change Gonna Come", about how we need to change the way we live and the way we treat each other. "Now lets deal on the real don't you get sick of this? / The way we hate each other this shits ridiculous / Its time we move on to the next phase / Cause theres too many shorties gettin' boxed in a grave" (Grand Puba "Change Gonna Come" 26-29). Translated, these lyrics are saying that we have to

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change the way we hate each other because it is ending up hurting the children in the long run. Sania Sanchez, a black poet, takes a different approach at getting her message across. She uses a layout in her poems that separate words so that the more important ones get noticed. "Give us your -- hungry/ -- illiterates/ -- criminals/ -dropouts/ -- (in other words) -- your blacks -- and we will let them fight -- in Vietnam" (Sanchez "the final solution/ the leaders speak" 12-18). The message she is sending is about discrimination and racism. The actual poem is about how many Black men were sent to Vietnam to fight for a country that they were not even accepted in. Gangster’s "In Memory Of" and Nikki Giovanni's "For Saundra" have a strong message about what is happening in urban cities. As discussed before Nikki Giovanni tells of how what was once a nice place to live is now becoming a "concrete jungle”. (1 Sentences) To all my brothers in the streets / I know u feel you have to hustle cause your peeps gotta eat / Makin moves right and exact; don't wanna see you layin' flat / Don't wanna see ya catch a bullet black / If we don't build we'll be destroyed / Thats a challenge we face in the race of poor and unemployed (Gangsters "In Memory Of"). (3 Sentences) This song by Gangsters is about life on the streets and what one must do to survive on the streets The messages found in theses rap songs and poems are important messages that must be listened to. They speak about what is happening in society and what we have to do to change it or in some cases stop it. (4 Sentences) In conclusion, the lyrics of rappers are very

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comparable to the spoken words of Black poets There can be comparisons made in the style of writing, the subjects, language and the messages behind the writings. All of these similarities make rap a viable form of poetry that is enjoyed and understood by young people in today's society. Today's teenagers, in many cases, would, not read poetry and comprehend the message, but, they would listen to rap and be able to understand the idea the artist is trying to get across.

THESIS STATEMENT Topic : The lyrics of rappers Viewpoint : are very similar to the words of Black poets. Thesis Statement : The lyrics of rappers are very similar to the words of Black poets. The author expressed his thesis statement as an opinion. The author’s opinion tells the reader about there are similarities between the rap and Black poets. TOPIC SENTENCES & SUPPORTING DETAILS

The lyrics of rappers are very similar to the words of Black poets.

Both Black rappers and Black poets write about the same subjects

What rap artists and poets have most in common are their messages

The lyrics of rappers are very comparable to the spoken words of Black poets

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Topic Sentence Supporting Details Both Black rappers and Black poets write The author point out the supporting details by about the same subjects giving example For example the rap group NWA, and the poet Alice Walker, both cover the topic of being from a minority race. Another common subject between Black poets and rappers is "ghetto life" The author point out the supporting details by giving testimony The lyrics of rappers are very similar to the words of Black poets are Love and even more specifically, sex, are yet another subject shared by both rappers and Black poets Whether it be about sex, racism or life in the ghettos, Black poets and Black rappers share the same views and write about the same subjects. The language used by Black rappers and Black poets is a strong, short, to the point language The language used by most rappers and now even Black poets, is called ebonics The language used by Black rappers and Black poets is a language that has a lot of power, strength and emotion behind it The author point out the supporting details by giving facts

The lyrics in the song "Brown Skin Woman" by KRS-1, are discussing the love for the "brown woman" and also sex with the "brown woman"

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Haki Madhubuti also writes his poems about love and sex. What rap artists and poets have most in The author point out the supporting details by common are their messages giving example Their messages are of love, hate, racism, violence and of what our world is going to become unless things are changed The author point out the supporting details by giving testimony The messages found in theses rap songs and poems are important messages that must be listened to They speak about what is happening in society and what we have to do to change it or in some cases stop it The lyrics of rappers are very comparable to The author point out the supporting details by the spoken words of Black poets giving testimony There can be comparisons made in the style of writing, the subjects, language and the messages behind the writings. All of these similarities make rap a viable form of poetry that is enjoyed and understood by young people in today's society.

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STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS  Strength The author give a clear view about the essay and the supporting details support the topic sentence    Weakness There are no thesis statement in this essay There a few only contrast between rap and poetry The supporting details is not connected each other which mean is not in the same paragraph , it goes to the other paragraph There are many illegal word that been using in this essay

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"When I first started rapping, me and a couple brothers would all sit around my place freestyling while someone beat boxed. I even used to tell all the girls that I was a poet. They seemed to find it a little more touching than a rapper" (Prince Paul, The Source 16) The lyrics of rappers are very similar to the words of Black poets. It is argued as to whether or not rap is a viable form of poetry. Both discuss similar subjects, write in the same style and use the same type of language in their writings. When looking at a poem or reading rap lyrics, distinguishing between the two can be difficult, if not impossible. Both Black rappers and Black poets write about the same subjects. For example the rap group NWA, and the poet Alice Walker, both cover the topic of being from a minority race. Alice Walker states in one of her poems that "there is no planet stranger than the one im from" (Walker, "Note Passed To Superman" 18-19). What Alice is saying is that the world is strange because people judge others by their skin color. The approach NWA takes is a more presumptuous one. In the song "Fuck Tha Police", NWA says " Young nigga got it bad cuz im brown / And not the other color so police think / They have the authority to kill a minority" (NWA "Fuck Tha Police" 3-5). Another common subect between Black poets and rappers is "ghetto life". Nikki Giovani's poem called "For Saundra" is about how she is going to write a poem about trees and blue skies. Then she realized that she was living in a "concrete jungle". i wanted to write / a poem / that rhymes / but revolution doesnt lend / itself to bebopping / then my neighbor / who thinks i hate / asked -do u ever write / tree poems- i like trees / so i thought / i'll write a beautiful geen tree poem / peeked from my window / to check the image / noticed the school yard was covered / with asphalt / no green - no trees grow / in Manhattan / then, well, i thought the sky / ill do a big blue sky poem / but all the clouds have winged / low since no-Dick was elected / so i thought again / and it occurred to me / maybe i shouldn't write / at all / but clean my gun / and check my kerosene supply (Giovanni "For Saundra") What all this is about is simply the reality of the urban ghettos. Gangsters also write lyrics pertaining to ghetto life. In the song "In Memory Of", Gangsters talks about life on the streets and how it is always a hard time for a black man trying to get by in society. "If we don't build we'll be destroyed / that’s the challenge we face in this race of poor and unemployed" (Gangsters "In Memory Of" 11-12). Love and even more specifically, sex, are yet another subject shared by both rappers and Black poets. The lyrics in the song "Brown Skin Woman" by KRS-1, are discussing the love for the "brown woman" and also sex with the "brown woman". Haki Madhubuti also writes his poems about love and sex. In the poem "My Brothers", Haki is sending a message to the other black males about how they should start to love and respect the females of the black race. "My brothers i will not tell you who to love or not love i will only say

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to you that Black women have not been loved enough" (Madhubuti "My Brothers" 1-6). Wether it be about sex, racism or life in the ghettos, Black poets and Black rappers share the same views and write about the same subjects. The language used by Black rappers and Black poets is a strong, short, to the point language. Maya Angelou demonstrates this in her poem "Aint That Bad". In the poem Maya uses a lot of repetition to get her point across. "Now ain't they bad? / Now ain't they black?" (Angelou "Aint That Bad?" 17-18). These lines are repeated several times in a row during the poem and again at the end of the poem. "The lyrics of NWA banned off most radio stations. The videos banned from MTV. And for what? Telling it like it is?" (NWA "Live From Compton"). NWA has been criticized for having vulgar provocative lyrics that simply tell the truth. In the song "Fuck Tha Police", they discuss how white police are always all over them for doing absolutely nothing. NWA then goes on to to say that an even worse situation is the "black police showing off for the white cop" (NWA "Fuck Tha Police" 20-21). What they mean by this is that when a black and a white cop are working together, the black one has to try and show up the white cop by going to extremes. This often results in the unnecessary death of black men. The language used by most rappers and now even Black poets, is called ebonics. It is also referred to as ghetto slang. "Little shorties sedated thinkin' the way out is by sellin' crack" (Grand Puba "Change Gonna Come" 11 ). This line by Grand Puba is written in basic ebonics. Simply translated it says; kids are thinking that their only way off the streets is to deal drugs. The language used by Black rappers and Black poets is a language that has a lot of power, strength and emotion behind it. What rap artists and poets have most in common are their messages. Their messages are of love, hate, racism, violence and of what our world is going to become unless things are changed. A rap artist by the name of Grand Puba talks in his song, Change Gonna Come", about how we need to change the way we live and the way we treat each other. "Now lets deal on the real don't you get sick of this? / The way we hate each other this shits ridiculous / Its time we move on to the next phase / Cause theres too many shorties gettin' boxed in a grave" (Grand Puba "Change Gonna Come" 26-29). Translated, these lyrics are saying that we have to change the way we hate each other because it is ending up hurting the children in the long run. Sania Sanchez, a black poet, takes a different approach at getting her message across. She uses a layout in her poems that separate words so that the more important ones get noticed. "Give us your -- hungry/ -illiterates/ -- criminals/ -- dropouts/ -- (in other words) -- your blacks -- and we will let them fight -- in Vietnam" (Sanchez "the final solution/ the leaders speak" 12-18). The message she is sending is about discrimination and racism. The actual poem is about how many Black men were sent to Vietnam to fight for a country that they were not even accepted in. Gangstarr's "In Memory Of" and Nikki Giovanni's "For Saundra" have a strong message about what is happening in urban cities. As discussed before Nikki Giovanni tells of how what was once a nice place to live is now becoming a "concrete jungle".

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To all my brothers in the streets / I know u feel you have to hustle cause your peeps gotta eat / Makin moves right and exact; don't wanna see you layin' flat / Don't wanna see ya catch a bullet black / If we don't build we'll be destroyed / Thats a challenge we face in the race of poor and unemployed (Gangsters "In Memory Of") This song by Gangsters is about life on the streets and what one must do to survive on the streets. The messages found in theses rap songs and poems are important messages that must be listened to. They speak about what is happening in society and what we have to do to change it or in some cases stop it. In conclusion, the lyrics of rappers are very comparable to the spoken words of Black poets. There can be comparisons made in the style of writing, the subjects, language and the messages behind the writings. All of these similarities make rap a viable form of poetry that is enjoyed and understood by young people in today's society. Today's teenagers, in many cases, would, not read poetry and comprehend the message, but, they would listen to rap and be able to understand the idea the artist is trying to get across.

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