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Dated Emcees
Dated Emcees | Chinaka Hodge
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Chinaka Hodge came of age along with hip-hopand its influence on her suitors became inextricable from their personal interactions. Form blends with content in Dated Emcees as she examines her love life through the lens of hip-hop's best known orators, characters, archetypes and songs, creating a new and inventive narrative about the music that shaped the craggy heart of a young woman poet, just as it also changed the global landscape of pop. Praise for Dated Emcees: "In the old tellings hip-hop was a woman, a certain kindone needing, even begging to be saved. In Dated Emcees, Chinaka Hodge gives her a voice and she tells of her loves and desires, her traumas and pains in words as hard, as lit, as loving, cunning, cutting, ecstatic, as tender and devastating as her big world requires. This is poetry that, in its infinite power and intimate grace, will still turn in your mind long after the music is over."Jeff Chang, author of Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America and Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation "Hodge writes with an unpredictable, rare honesty. This collection quietly and simply illustrates love in a complicated world."Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino This is an absolute powerhouse of a book, and a new pinnacle for Chinaka Hodge. Theres enough beauty and heartbreak and melancholy and humor and sorrow in here for three collections, or two lifetimes. Hodges writing is so incredibly specific but somehow universal, so honest and raw but somehow polished to unimproveability. She deserves a wide audience, an attentive audience, an audience that wants to be astounded.Dave Eggers "Chinaka Hodge is hands down, unequivocally, my favorite writer of words. All day. Every day. She writes with the grace of a dancer, the bars of a rapper, the heart of your best friend, and all of the swag and soul of Oakland. Dated Emcees made me cry. And I don't really do that. It doesn't use Hip Hop as a lens. It is Hip Hop. In the way that we, who have grown up with rap as our brilliant, estranged, mythological, abusive lover/father/son, are all Hip Hop. Aware of his flaws, and his potential. And loving him unconditionally. These are poems to read every day. To make mantras from. They are the best poems you've ever read."Daveed Diggs, Actor/Rapper, star of Hamilton on Broadway "Every time I hear new work from Chinaka Hodge I wonder if she was always this good. She was, Im pretty sure. And yet somehow, shes leveled up again. Dated Emcees is a dropped microphone, and a direct challenge to anyone listening. Step your game up."George Watsky, rapper, writer and poet Ms. Hodges collection complicates dogmatic notions of feminist principles and hip hop pathologies. She is the steward of a candid and sonorous new form, a lyrical journalism expressed in a meter that climbs from west Oaklands Bottoms to the peak of a Wonder-laced rocket love. Dated Emcees is outlined in the matter of black life, streamlined through the filter of black womb a smoke-filled lung in a sweat-filled club of safety and danger, and the bass of black moon Marc Bamuthi Joseph, performer, playwright, artistic director of HBOs Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices
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Dated Emcees | Chinaka Hodge
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A little poetry with breakfast

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vivastory Great stack. Rilke is one of the greatest. 3y
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vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel what is the book on top? Is it Valzhyna Mort? 3y
readordierachel @vivastory the very top is Dated Emcees by Chinaka Hodge. A great newer SF bay area poet. 3y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel I will definitely check it out. Thanks. 3y
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Rapper's Afternoon Delight...this collection brings joy and pain like hearing an old school 90s jam as the last song in the car before work. Haikus for Biggie. Couplets for Tupac.