How to Rap

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How to Rap series
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Volumes:
How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC
How to Rap 2: Advanced Flow & Delivery Techniques
Author Paul Edwards
Country United States
Language English
Genre Non-fiction Hip hop
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Published Dec 1st 2009, Sep 1st 2013
Media type Print (paperback)

How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC is a book on hip-hop music and rapping by Paul Edwards. It is compiled from interviews with 104 notable rappers who provide insights into how they write and perform their lyrics.[1][2][3]

How to Rap 2: Advanced Flow & Delivery Techniques is a sequel to the book, also on hip-hop music and rapping by Paul Edwards. It includes more insights from the interviews done from the first book.[4]

Publication[edit]

How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC was published by Chicago Review Press in December, 2009 with a foreword by Kool G Rap.[2][5][6] Publishers Weekly states that it “goes into everything from why rappers freestyle to the challenges of collaboration in hip-hop”,[7] and Library Journal says, “instruction ranges over selecting topics and form, editing, rhyming techniques, putting words to music, collaborating, vocal techniques, studio tips, and performance”.[2]

How to Rap 2: Advanced Flow & Delivery Techniques was also published by Chicago Review Press in September, 2013 with a foreword by Gift of Gab of Blackalicious.[4][8] In the sequel, reviewers note that, "Edwards asks advanced wordsmiths for advice on rhythm, melody, pitch, timing, enunciation, percussion, playing characters, rhyme schemes, and rhyme patterns."[9]

How to Rap is published in the UK by Random House on their Virgin Books imprint.[10] This edition is also published by Random House in Australia.[11] It was translated and published in Japanese by P-Vine Books in 2011[12] (part of P-Vine Records) and translated and published in Korean by Hans Media, also in 2011.[13]

Artists interviewed[edit]

The book is compiled from interviews with rappers; the interviews comprise the majority of the book's content.[2] The following artists were interviewed by the author:[3][6]

It also includes information on other artists, who are commented on by the interviewed artists, including:[3][6]

Reception[edit]

The book was positively received by critics and press outlets.[14] Library Journal says it is, “filled with real tools and overflowing with inspiration… 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”,[2] Hip Hop Connection call it “a complete guide to the art and craft of the MC, anyone who's serious about becoming a rapper should read this first… a vital and vibrant expose of a much misunderstood art form”,[14] and Campus Circle give it a “Grade: A+”.[15]

XXL magazine said "over 100 rappers have offered their insight on the artform for aspiring wordsmiths",[16] while Yale University Press's Anthology of Rap referred to How to Rap's "rich array of interviews with old school and new school artists,"[17] and Oxford University Press's How to Fix Copyright recommended How to Rap for a good "general" overview.[18]

Dana Gioia, poet and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts wrote, “How To Rap marks a cultural coming-of-age for Hip-Hop… [it] is the first comprehensive poetics of this new literary form. …Edwards has made his bid to become the Aristotle of Hip-Hop poetics”.[14]

It also received positive comments from hip-hop journalists and authors such as Kembrew McLeod, Dan LeRoy, Alex Ogg, Mickey Hess, Russell Potter, and Pancho McFarland,[14] and from artists such as Georgia Anne Muldrow, Egon of Stones Throw Records, Badru Umi, and Speech of Arrested Development.[14]

In a review of a Kanye West album, news outlet The Daily Beast praised the book, saying: "In Paul Edwards’s comprehensive tome How to Rap, the author surveyed a plethora of rap emcees—104, to be exact—in order to demystify the rap process."[19]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Chicago Review Press". Chicago Review Press. 2009-12-01. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Xpress Reviews-First Look at New Books". Libraryjournal.com. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  3. ^ a b c Edwards, Paul, 2009, How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC, Chicago Review Press.
  4. ^ a b http://www.ipgbook.com/how-to-rap-2-products-9781613744017.php
  5. ^ "How To Rap: Kool G Rap (Foreword)". Rap Radar. 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  6. ^ a b c "How To Rap". Howtorapbook.com. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  7. ^ "The Song Remains the Same". Publishersweekly.com. 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  8. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.25072/title.gift-of-gab-to-write-foreward-of-paul-edwards-how-to-rap-2-advanced-flow-delivery-techniques-
  9. ^ http://roychristopher.com/rhymin-and-stealin
  10. ^ http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/how-to-rap/9780753540893
  11. ^ http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/paul-edwards/how-to-rap-9780753540893.aspx
  12. ^ http://p-vine-books.com/how_to_rap/
  13. ^ http://hiphopplaya.com/magazine/article/view.html?category=news&category2=&mode=&page=1&sort=&num=7470&keyfield=&key=
  14. ^ a b c d e "Reviews". Howtorapbook.com. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  15. ^ "How to Rap: The Art and Science of the Hip-Hop MC". Campus Circle. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  16. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/latest-headlines/2010/02/clipse-mobb-deep-pharoahe-monch-teach-fans-%E2%80%9Chow-to-rap%E2%80%9D-in-new-book/
  17. ^ Adam Bradley, 2011, The Anthology of Rap, Yale University Press, Introduction, p.xlvii.
  18. ^ William Patry, 2012, How to Fix Copyright, Oxford University Press, p.283.
  19. ^ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/15/praise-yeezus-kanye-west-s-latest-album-is-an-eclectic-tour-de-force.html

References[edit]

  • Edwards, Paul (2009). How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC. Chicago Review Press, ISBN 1-55652-816-7.

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