Another set of tools to expand rappers’ repertoiresThis sequel to How to Rap breaks down and examines techniques that have not previously been explained—such as triplets, flams, lazy tails, and breaking rhyme patterns. Based on interviews with hip-hop’s most innovative artists and groups, including Tech N9ne, Crooked I, Pharcyde, Das EFX, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Big Daddy Kane, this book takes you through the intricacies of rhythm, rhyme, and vocal delivery, delving into the art form in unprecedented detail. It is a must-read for MCs looking to take their craft to the next level, as well as anyone fascinated by rapping and its complexity.
Reviews"Filled with real tools and overflowing with inspiration, this comprehensive how-to manual examines the art and craft of rap. . . . Both newcomers to rap and more experienced listeners and artists can gain insights in the time-honored tradition of learning from the past, as told straight from the artists’ mouths. . . . A good read even for nonartists interested in learning more about hip-hop creativity, personalities, and history, this offers insights into music and poetry. Highly recommended." —Library Journal
“A clever breakdown of the art form of hip-hop rhymes for anyone who is into the art of incredible raps.” —Speech, Arrested Development
“A must-have guide for anyone who ever wanted to understand the blood, sweat, and tears that can go into the art of MCing.” —DJ Rasta Root, producer, Smokin’ Needles Records
“If you rhyme, sing, or produce, read this book to improve your craftsmanship and to open up your mind.” —Jump Off TV, broadcaster of World Rap Championships
“An excellent, revealing read. . . . I highly recommend this book to any rap fans or people interested in the technical aspects of music and poetry.” —Mighty Casey, underground rapper
“How to Rap has much heart. . . . A marvelous milestone in our ancient storytelling tradition.” —Georgia Anne Muldrow, singer/songwriter
“Clear, coherent, and organized . . . full of useful examples and concise explanations. An invaluable tool for young upstarts and seasoned pros alike!” —Jamie Collinson, general manager, Big Dada Recordings
“Even MCs with a natural talent will find this book extremely insightful. Anyone thinking about becoming a rapper would do well to read it cover to cover.” —Mike Lewis, general manager, Lewis Recordings
Author BiographyPaul Edwards is a writer and a leading expert on hip-hop and rap music. He is the author of How to Rap. Gift of Gab is a member of the group Blackalicious and is noted as one of the most dexterous and versatile MCs of all time.