Norton Anthology of Urban Poetry (Da Norton Book of Dope-ass Rhymes)
These men turned in their 40’s for Cristal, their hoopties for drop Bentleys and their “ghetto girls” for “six model chicks”. As faithful bards to their ’hood of origin, these poets admittedly changed their rhymes as they sold out to that which they had raged against, though they promised, in the words of Jay-Z, “Make my money now / and then back to the streets.” Eminem, despite his Caucasian ethnicity and his mid-West origins, was able to assimilate into the West Coast contingency through his alignment with the legendary Dr. Dre. This young rapper epitomized both the acknowledgement of pop culture with such epic verses as, “Sit me here next to Brittany Spears, shit, Christina Aguillera better switch me chairs, so I can sit next to Carson Daly and Fred Durst and hear them argue over who she gave head to first,” and yet at the same time reject this culture, as he does in the poem annotated below. Despite being an outsider in the rap game, this poem hearkens back to the days of yore, the 1980s, with multiple references to ’80s pop culture and an era of violence and drunk driving. This work represents a true evolutionary leap in urban poetry and is thus beloved by all.