How to Rap

How to Rap

The Art and Science of the Hip-hop MC

eBook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781556528163
Branch Call Number: ebook
Characteristics: xii, 340 p
Additional Contributors: ebrary
Alternative Title: Public Library Complete

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This is a helpful guide for beginners, more experienced emcees, and hip-hop listeners. Paul Edwards uses quotes he acquired from interviews with a huge variety of emcees, from E-40 to Aesop Rock, to guide the narrative. All of the essential elements of emceeing are broken down into 4 helpful part... Read More »

Several famous rappers provide advice to both beginners and pros in this practical text.


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