They Write for Beyoncé, the National, Miranda Lambert: The Secrets of Songwriters – WSJ.com

Oddly, the musical genre that in many ways resembles Broadway in the lyrical discipline it requires is hip-hop. For the “Anthology of Rap,” to be published this fall, author Adam Bradley compiled about 300 songs that helped make the music unique among other genres: “For three-plus decades of rap, the lyric has always been at the center,” he says. He chose milestones of style and concept, including the portrait of psychosis in Eminem’s “Stan,” Brother Ali’s scenes of family struggle in “Room With a View,” and the assonance and alliteration in UGK’s “Pocket Full of Stones.” Mr. Collins, the former laureate, says he admires the poetic demands of the form. “The rhymes need to be relentless and they need to be clever. Hip-hop is a great home for the human love of rhyme.”

via They Write for Beyoncé, the National, Miranda Lambert: The Secrets of Songwriters – WSJ.com.

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