While the conceit is annoyingly smug, and a number of the poems have already been collected elsewhere, overall The Dead Emcee Scrolls is a solid. The Dead Emcee Scrolls has ratings and 76 reviews. Kim said: Okay, You’ re probably wondering what’s a white girl from Vermont doing reading this? O. THE DEAD EMCEE SCROLLS: THE LOST TEACHINGS OF HIP HOP. BOOKS ยท Amazon. And so it came to pass that every prayer was granted and every dream .

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Williams is not the first to take hip-hop diction and rhyme to the page and make beautiful stanzaic poetry see everyone from Gil Scott-Heron to Thomas Sayers Ellisbut he creates, in this third book, a kind of “In Memorium” for hip-hop’s redemptive promise, trying, as Tennyson did, to find light shining emcse the wreckage of hope.

If this effort falls short of that great poem, the ambition behind it is not the less for it. Bad luck, fuckin with this black buck.

There are six scrol,s, shorter serial poems, and the book’s last third consists of verse “Journal Entries. Williams is the guy. He has chosen a sublime path in the hip-hop world: He is one of spoken-word poetry’s most charismatic performance poets alongside Regie Gibson and Patricia Smith.

Williams opens for rock bands and appears in films and records with the legendary producer Rick Rubin. Avoiding classification, The Dead Emcee Scrolls is unique in voice, daring in its trust to chance, and more concerned with wordplay than grandeur.

It is strongly musical, uncorrupted, raw, and challenging. These writings span Williams’ artistic life sinceincluding journaling that charts his experiences in a clear, truthful hand, in spite of some metaphysical wanderings. Williams chose to preserve the passion dmcee immediacy of his inspiration, but some reworking would clarify his vision. As it stands, this collection is frustrating and engaging, although there is a definite payoff for those who stick with it.

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In the underground labyrinths of New York City’s subway system, beneath the third rail scorlls a long forgotten line, Saul Williams discovered scrolls deqd aged yellowish-brown paper rolled tightly into a can of spray paint. His quest to decipher this mystical ancient text resulted in a primal understanding of the power hip-hop has to teach us about ourselves and the universe around us.


Now, for the first time, Saul Williams shares with the world the wonder revealed to him by the Dead Emcee Scrolls. Wmcee have paraded as a poet scrolla years now. In the proc ess of parading I may have actually become one, but that’s another story, another book. This book is a book that I have been waiting to finish since This is the book that finished me. The story I am about to tell may sound fantastic. It may anger some of you who have followed my work.

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It would be cool if Dead Emcee Scrolls was really bound as an ancient text rather than merely a cover photograph depiction of an ancient text. This collaboration with Thomas Kessler who also set Williams’ spoken-word track, “said the shotgun to the head” to music was released with two payment options: The entire paid download totaled in size at megabytes. I saw the author on Covert show and was impressed. I brought the book for my granddaughter who is active in slam poetry and I thought she would like.


I did read through the book and found the work good. One person found this helpful. I have 2 copies for myself, and give copies out as gifts.

Saul is a genius. His music is genius too. Such a great book! I’ve read it many times! I use this book with my English classes – Saul has always been an extraordinary poet.

And this collection of poems demonstrates just how much he’s always been in tune with hip-hop culture. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. It’s strong and bold in tone. Goes beyond the usual limits of conventional thought. This is and will always be a great inspiring piece that touched my life by capturing my mind, heart and soul.

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