There's a God on the Mic: The True 50 Greatest MCs

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Da Capo Press, 2003 - Music - 342 pages
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Rapper Kool Mo Dee thrived during hip-hop's nascent years as a vocalist whose tongue-twisting rhymes and speedy delivery put his counterparts to shame. On his 1987 album, How Ya Like Me Now, Kool came up with a ‘hip-hop report card': a method of rating MCs (Emcees, Masters of Ceremonies, Master Communicators, or rap vocalists) as a way of separating the premier MCs from their often one-dimensional, overrated counterparts ("Sucka MCs"). Building on this original list, Kool has put together an extensive rating system to compile the definitive list of the greatest MCs of all time. Kool rates each MC based on seventeen different categories, ranging from the artist's lyricism, vocabulary, and freestyling ability to his longevity, body of work, and social impact. Each artist is given a numerical score from one to ten in each of the seventeen categories, as well as an explanation for how this rating was determined. The book includes a complete discography and full-color photograph for each MC, and will also have supplemental lists, such as the top ten storytellers and top ten rhymers.
  

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Rap MC Kool Mo Dee rates 50 MC's in such categories as Concepts, Flow, Poetic Value, and Social Impact, then backs up his ratings with extensive analysis. A fascinating look at both the technique and the social and historical context of the genre. Read full review

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This book is awesome.

Contents

I
1
II
7
III
13
IV
19
V
25
VI
31
VII
37
VIII
43
XXVI
163
XXVII
171
XXVIII
177
XXIX
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XXX
189
XXXI
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XXXII
203
XXXIII
209

IX
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X
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XI
61
XII
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XIII
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XIV
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XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
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XX
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XXI
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XXII
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XXIII
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XXIV
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XXV
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XXXIV
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XXXV
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XXXVI
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XXXVII
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XXXVIII
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XXXIX
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XL
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XLI
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XLII
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XLIII
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XLIV
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XLV
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XLVI
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XLVII
321
XLVIII
331
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Kool Moe Dee is an authority on all things rap. He began his career with the groundbreaking rap act The Treacherous Three. Following the group's breakup, he went on to success as a solo artist. He currently does college and professional speaking tours on the rap business.

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