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How To Rap book

HTRdifcovThe first book in the How To Rap series, features:

  • Over 300 pages of rap techniques
  • Tips and advice direct from over 100 rap legends, including pioneers and some of today’s finest lyricists who were interviewed extensively and exclusively just for this book, these include Royce da 5’9″, Tech N9ne, A Tribe Called Quest, Pusha-T, Big Daddy Kane, Mobb Deep, Twista, Pharoahe Monch, Cypress Hill, Immortal Technique, Public Enemy, Aesop Rock, and Crooked I
  • “Flow diagrams” based on the same systems rap legends use to notate their lyrics
  • Foreword by hip-hop legend Kool G Rap, who has been named as a major influence by rappers such as Eminem and Jay-Z

Get the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or in bookstores.

 Praise for How To Rap:

“Wanna learn how to be a super MC? In How To Rap over 100 rappers have offered their insight on the artform for aspiring wordsmiths” —XXL Magazine

“The most incredible feature of How To Rap are bar notational charts that can be used to form your rhyme, flow, and more” —On Wax Magazine

“Filled with real tools and overflowing with inspiration… a good read even for non-artists interested in learning more about hip-hop creativity, personalities, and history, this offers insights into music and poetry… highly recommended” —Library Journal

“How To Rap is classic in an art that is just coming into a definition of itself. Everyone who wants to go to the next level needs this book, it’s the inside and outside of the trade.” —Nikki Giovanni, poet and one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 Living Legends

“How To Rap marks a cultural coming-of-age for hip-hop — the first comprehensive poetics of this new literary form” —Dana Gioia, poet and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

“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.” — (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)