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Battle lines: what Chaucer and Eminem have in common

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The author of The Rap Canterbury Tales explains how the ideals of poetry and performance that Chaucer championed live on in hip-hop culture

The Canterbury Tales may seem an odd point of departure for a rap artist, but for me it has been the guiding text of a 12-year career. At the Edinburgh fringe this year there are several hip-hop themed shows, but when I first came to the festival in 2004 with my hip-hop-meets-Chaucer production The Rap Canterbury Tales, there wasn't any rap to be found in an Edinburgh theatre.

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