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

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Clipse, Cypress Hill, Nelly, Public Enemy, Remy Ma, Schoolly D, A Tribe Called Quest, will.i.am—these are just some of the acclaimed artists offering tips and advice in this compelling how-to. Delivering countless candid and exclusive first-person insights from interviews with more than one hundred of the most innovative artists, author Paul Edwards examines the dynamics of rap from every region and in every form—mainstream and underground, current and classic—and covers everything from content and flow to rhythm...

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Overview

Clipse, Cypress Hill, Nelly, Public Enemy, Remy Ma, Schoolly D, A Tribe Called Quest, will.i.am—these are just some of the acclaimed artists offering tips and advice in this compelling how-to. Delivering countless candid and exclusive first-person insights from interviews with more than one hundred of the most innovative artists, author Paul Edwards examines the dynamics of rap from every region and in every form—mainstream and underground, current and classic—and covers everything from content and flow to rhythm and delivery. A first-of-its-kind guide, How to Rap provides a wealth of insight and rapping lore that will benefit beginners and pros alike.

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"How useful, amid the rain-forest-worrying deluge of books written on hip-hop theory and culture, that Paul Edwards has taken a straightforward, reasoned and informed approach to discussing the actual mechanics of rapping. How To Rap looks at that art form by unknotting its components—content, style, delivery and, most intriguingly, its spatial alliance with music and beats—and uses practical examples for context and analysis. Aspiring MCs will benefit most, but there are insights and observations that will appeal to anyone with an interest in hip-hop’s development."  —Alex Ogg, author, The Hip Hop Years, The Men Behind Def Jam, Rap Lyrics

"A clever breakdown of the art form of hip-hop rhymes, for anyone who is into the art of incredible raps. It's about time someone actually recognized this powerful music for its artistic ingenuity."  —Speech, Arrested Development

 "A complete guide to the art and craft of the MC, anyone who's serious about becoming a rapper should read this first. Proof positive that rap is more than just talking over music - a vital and vibrant expose of a much misunderstood art form."  —Hip-Hop Connection

"If only this book had existed back in the day, I might not have become a university professor. For now, though, I'll have to settle for hanging out with my academic pals Eazy A, Chuck Ph.D., and Dr. GRE—and curling up with a copy of How To Rap. Watch out world, this crazy ass-prof [associate professor] is coming straight outta college."  —Kembrew McLeod, professor, critic (Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Spin, Mojo), author (Freedom of Expression®), documentary filmmaker

"Want to be a true emcee? Then pick up this book before picking up a microphone. Never before has the artform been broken down so well."  —dubcnn.com  (no. 1 news and interview site for West Coast hip-hop, including regular interviews with major rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube)

"Paul Edwards's new book How to Rap brings a fresh approach to hip-hop lyricism that's remarkable for its depth of practical detail.  What's in a namecheck? What are the pros and cons of certain metrical or rhetorical forms?  What are the most common structures in hip-hop's history? With numerous examples and analyses of the hip-hop greats of the past, Edwards offers both an immensely practical introduction for would-be rappers, as well as the first detailed poetics of 'the pulse of the rhyme flow' in hip-hop. This is a foundational text."  —Russell Potter, Ph.D., author of Spectacular Vernaculars

"How to Rap is an excellent, revealing read on the insights to the technical workings of rap music. I had no idea what I did was so scientific and complicated or the literary value of it. As a scholar and an educator, I highly recommend this book to any rap fans or people interested in the technical aspects of music and poetry."  —Mighty Casey, popular underground rapper

A must-have guide for anyone who ever wanted to understand the blood, sweat, and tears that can go into the art of MCing. The book lets those in the dark understand the craft of MCing as close as possible.”  —DJ Rasta Root, Smokin' Needles Records (DJs and produces for the likes of A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg, with whom he runs Smokin' Needles Records)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556528163
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 153,775
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword Kool G. Rap Rap, Kool G.

Pt. I Content

1 Content Topics 3

2 Content Forms 23

3 Content Tools 41

Pt. II Flow

4 How Flow Works 63

5 Rhyme 81

6 Rhyme Schemes 95

7 Rhythm 111

Pt. III Writing

8 The Writing Process 133

9 Beats and Freestyling 167

10 Structuring, Editing, and Selecting Lyrics 185

11 Writing with Other People 211

Pt. VI Deliver

12 Vocal Techniques 239

13 In the Studio 263

14 Performing Live 289

Final Words 311

Interviewed Artists 315

Index 335

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I Love It A Fair And Balanced Assessment Of The Hip Hop Mc

    The info in this book is gold
    truth be told
    so read as the secrets of mcing unfold
    soon enough you will excel
    soon you propel and
    be that mc from hell
    for the competition
    and all opposition
    cause they'll know when you rock the mic
    you'll rock it right
    and as you recite
    and get the the crowd hype
    you'll steal the show that night



    Its a Great book they take all the aspects of mcing and break them them down. I kinda thought it was a gonna be more of an underground type book and it does lean that way but many different types of mc's from many eras and styles give their input that creates a happy balance. If your serious about being an mc and not just a lagger grab this one and never let it go

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Want to Learn or Refine your skill

    I am a beginner still in writing rap music so I figured I'd pick up this book for 2 main reasons. The first to see if it would help which it did and I will detail and secondly it had excerpts from my favorite rapper Tech N9ne. Learning more detail about the content of rap music such as the topics, forms and tools really helped open my eyes that I dont have to do just one syllable rhymes and the different types of rhymes I could use. The flow diagram really helped me out alot to learn counts when I feel I am off, and the rhyme diagram also helped to learn how to place words appropriatly with the music. The writing section taught me new ways to try to write and how to properly structure a song. Finally the delivery section taught the largest lesson since Ive began performing talking about breathing control, enunciation, working in the studio and performing live.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

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    Wow

    One of the best books I've seen on hip-hop - thoroughly researched by interviewing over 100 rappers, including some of the most lyrical out there.
    There is so much great info and history crammed into this book and it is easy to dip in and out of it as there are so many great quotes on each page.

    Hugely recommended for all hip-hop fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    We say Yo,Yo,Yo,While you say Oh,Oh,Oh

    I love this book because it takes you step by step. I would recommend this to anyone trying to learn to rap like: Lil Wayne,and Nicki Manaj. Basically like a pro.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    positive

    Yet to come. Need a grandson's evaluation !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    stright back to reallty, oh there goes grativy

    EIAMN !!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    YO

    Ay tis yo boy da snipa and this is helping me wuth missedfail dec 2013 hit me up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    VERY PRACTICAL

    Straight to the point advice, is in this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Best rapping book ever

    If u say this book is lame or boring ur dum. Its AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Bad Ass book to read

    Im loving this book. I would recommend this book to anybody trying to learn how to rap. It breaks everything down for you step by step...

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