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How to Rap: The Art and Science of the Hip-Hop MC Paperback – 21 Jan 2010


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Original edition (21 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556528167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556528163
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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(R)) , 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 Pott " 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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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Oduja on 19 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
Best book i've read to do with hip-hop and rhymes. This book explains the science of constructing lyrics and rhyme patterns direct from the horses mouth-the rappers themselves. There's so much i thought i knew about rapping from listening by ear and writing rhymes and vocalling beats myself, but this book re-assured me you can never stop learning new trades. VERY INSIGHTFUL FOR ANY HIP-HOP FAN AND MC alike.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nifty on 15 Sep 2010
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Personally im starting rapping at 26 years old this book has given a great insight on whats expected. I reccomend it to anyone who is interested in any type of lyric writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By margaret rolls on 7 Sep 2013
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My grandson is finding this book great as he is youngster and loves rap. It keeps him quiet and he said that it is easy to understand
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By x iLeon on 20 Sep 2014
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This title is indispensable! I have been writing/performing poetry and rap for years, yet this book helped me put some structure to the whole thing, while you get lots of material analysis of some baaad shiiit (lol, sorry, couldn't help myself) and I even learned about artists/tracks I wasn't aware of. If you write and/or perform hippity hop, this is a must, even if the book is too small to balance between your knees when preparing them jumbos....
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By Robin Carling on 25 Jun 2013
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Every page left me wanting to write more lyrics! If you want to learn techniques straight up, don't use this, if you're looking to inspire yourself, improve your writing, and hear lots of pros ways of doing things, this is the book for you
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By Kamil Miah on 29 Jan 2013
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This is just one GREAT book! I really love it, learnt essential knowledge about rapping. I REALLY recommend it to ANY MC/Rapper/Lyricist/Poet or just a person whom is wanting to read. It's all around great
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By Hamza Ahmed on 31 Dec 2012
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A fantastic insight into the complexities of creating rhymes and also provides a brilliant look into rap's art forms and history
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Very informative book with information on all of hip hops greatest along with several other underground and underrated rappers. top purchase for those who love hip hop
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