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  • Published: 15 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780753540893
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $29.99

How to Rap


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The ultimate guide to the art of the MC, containing over 100 exclusive interviews with world-famous artists

A first of its kind collection, How to Rap is an insightful and intelligent breakdown of the elements of rap for anyone wanting to learn the art form or understand the principles behind it. Author Paul Edwards examines the dynamics of hip hop from every region and in every form - mainstream, underground, current and classic - looking in particular at content, flow, writing and delivery.

Edwards provides unparalleled access to the most acclaimed names in rap and their methods of working, with a foreword by Kool G Rap and interviews with over 100 artists, including Public Enemy, Mobb Deep, Schoolly D, Nelly, will.i.am, Arrested Development, A Tribe Called Quest, and Rah Digga. This one and only comprehensive examination of the MC art form is pure gold for the hip hop lover.

  • Pub date: 15 August 2012
  • ISBN: 9780753540893
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards is a writer and researcher of hip hop. He is regarded as a leading expert on hip hop and rap, and has been referred to as 'the Aristotle of Hip-Hop poetics' by internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet Dana Gioia.

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Praise for How to Rap

“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”

Hip Hop Connection

“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”

Hip Hop Connection


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