If you are a lover of Hip Hop, then you already understand how poetic Rap music can be. Sam Anderson, book critic for New York Magazine, had only heard a handful of Hip Hop songs when he took on the task of critiquing The Anthology of Rap, a compilation of lyrics from over 300 songs spanning the last 30 years. Reading the lyrics, he gained a love and respect for the art of the lyricist, naming Big Daddy Kane as the all-time greatest rapper, without ever hearing his songs. It gets even better when NPR decides to interview Anderson and get his reaction to hearing the words he read off the pages, for the very first time in their true artistic form, being performed over a beat. He is quick to recognize how Hip Hop has transformed since it’s birth, and in the end he sees that while you can see the poetry of some lyrics on paper, others you have to hear to truly appreciate. For the full article read here.