Next to a burning fire place a man sits crossed-legged, concentrated. His pencil breaks under the pressure of his rapid writing. A notebook full of lines, some smudged, others written in script. The environment is welcoming, the man is surrounded by the warmth of writing. His face can be recognized over the glow of the fire. Walt Whitman in sharp glasses stares thoughtfully at his paper formulating the right words for his verse. The ultimate rap battle: Kanye vs. Whitman, Rap vs. Poetry. Kanye and Whitman come from two distinct places. One amongst the loud shouts of a crowded theatre the other in a quiet space of his own. Despite these notable differences, the core of their art is the same. Creative expression can be seen in many ways. Poetry, rap, painting, picture, dance or digitally. The binding element that weaves the vast spectrum of art together is original idea, it all starts in the mind. What format that idea takes may change from rapper to poet, from painter to photographer, from dancer to designer, but at the heart of all art is the creative mind. The minds of rappers and poets are especially interesting to examine. The two have completely varying stereotypes. A hard-core, swagged-out gangsta doesn’t exactly align with the stereotype of an aspiring writer, who is usually seen as sensitive and dorky. But what the stereotypes don’t show are the common threads of creativity that cross-over between these two seemingly polar opposite groups. “Rap is poetry. It’s thought-provoking; there’s thought behind it,” he said. “There’s great writing in rap as well,” said famous rapper Jay-Z in an article about his recently released album. Jay-Z is speaking to the creative mind that is expressed in both rap and poetry. The thought behind lyrics is what makes words matter. This goes for lyrics of rap and of poetry. No matter if their is music behind it or if they are placed on a paper, no matter who is speaking them or how they are said. Poetry and rap both have “thought behind it”, they both stem for the same source: the mind.