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

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


By (author) Paul Edwards, Foreword by Kool G. Rap

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  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 23mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 3 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 1556528167
  • ISBN 13: 9781556528163
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Illustrations note: 20 b/w photos
  • Sales rank: 15,305

Product description

Examining the dynamics of hip-hop from every region and in every form, this compelling how-to discusses everything from content and flow to rhythm and delivery in relation to the art and craft of rap.

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Author information

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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""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