How to Rap: The Art and Science of the Hip-hop MC

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Chicago Review Press, 2009 - Music - 340 pages
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Examining the dynamics of hip-hop from every region and in every form -- mainstream and underground, current and classic -- this compelling how-to discusses everything from content and flow to rhythm and delivery in relation to the art and craft of rap. Compiled from the most extensive research on rapping to date, this first-of-its-kind guide delivers countless candid and exclusive insights from more than 100 of the most critically acclaimed artists in hip-hop -- including Clipse, Cypress Hill, Nelly, Public Enemy, Remy Ma, Schoolly D, A Tribe Called Quest, and will.i.am -- unravelling the stories behind their art and preserving a wealth of the genre's history through the words of the legends themselves. Exhaustively detailing the many complex aspects of rapping -- such as utilising literary tools and devices to strengthen content, battling, imagery, similes, metaphors, analogies, slang, performing both live and in the studio, word play, controversial content and punchlines, and constructing beats, singles, and free-styling -- with emphasis on enunciating and breathing for unique vocal style, this remarkable book will benefit beginners and pros alike with its limitless wealth of rapping lore and insight.
 

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Best HipHop book out there

User Review  - taylorjim - Overstock.com

This is far and away the best book on HipHop that Ive read.First of all there are so many legendary rappers interviewed you get to soak up so much of their knowledge firsthand... there are over 100 ... Read full review

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User Review  - frankrap - Borders

I have been looking for this book for a long time. First the rappers themselves give you all the info on how to rap. There is the flow diagram which shows you how to break down rap lyrics and rhythm ... Read full review

Contents

Flow
61
Writing
131
Delivery
237
Final Words
311
Interviewed Artists
315
Index
335
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Paul Edwards holds a master's degree in postmodernism, literature, and contemporary culture from University of London and has done extensive research on rappers and their creative processes, musical theories, and lyrics.

Kool G Rap is one of the most influential MCs of all time, with Eminem, Jay-Z, Big Pun, R.A. the Rugged Man, and many others citing him among their influences. Frequently on ?greatest MCs of all time” lists, he has appeared on tracks with numerous artists, including Eminem, Nas, AZ, Mobb Deep, Busta Rhymes, Big L, Ghostface Killah, and Canibus.

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