MCing, or the Romantic Stage of Art

  • Jim Vernon


This chapter demonstrates that, as the culture moved from the streets of the Bronx to clubs throughout New York, it was deprived of its community base, unifying ethics and symbiosis between its aesthetic elements, artists and audience. This move reflects the shift from Hegel’s classical Ideal to modern romanticism and was facilitated by the development of Hip Hop’s final aesthetic element—MCing. Tracing this spoken poetry from its emergence as a rhythmic accessory to block parties (reflecting epic poetry’s capture of communal existence in celebratory language), through to its eventual dominance as the rhyming expression of the idiosyncratic imagination of individual poets (reflecting the lyrical celebration of infinitely free and contingent subjectivity) simultaneously charts the break between Hip Hop culture and subsequent “rap music”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Vernon
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  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada

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