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February 28, 2003
Popular studies of nineteenth century poets
by Marshall Mather
Dre's Boy Knows His Byron, Yo
When I came across this monograph at our club I was astounded, not only by the identity of the author, but also by the great erudition displayed in his prose. All of the greats are covered with scholarly care, including Shelley, Byron, Whitman, Wordsworth, Keats, and Longfellow. Now I'm anything but a fan of the "rap," the "hip-hop," or the "rhythm and blues," but having seen Mr. Mather's cerebral side I now take a more interpretative view of his music. What is "Drug Ballad" but a reference to Carroll's narcosis? Or "Bee-yatch Please II" but a parody of Tennyson's notorious misogyny? You may write him off as a thick-witted, violent hoodlum, but I now know that the REAL Slim Shady is a thoughtful man of letters.