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The Anthology of Rap: Co-editor & hip-hop professor Adam Bradley has epic rap of his own

The Anthology of Rap caused a stir nationwide last year. The first scholarly compendium of rap lyrics drew praises from Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Chuck D, but also courted controversy over alleged mistakes. But coverage missed the back story of anthology co-editor and CU-Boulder professor Adam Bradley -- a tale of missing fathers, fractured identities, literary odysseys and bitter duels that could have come the Eminem songbook. Read about it in this week's cover story, "Word."

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Joel Warner is a former staff writer for Westword and International Business Times. He's also written for WIRED, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Slate, Grantland and many other publications. He's co-author of the 2014 book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, published by Simon & Schuster.
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