How to Rap - The Art and Science of the Hip-Hop MC by Paul EdwardsI love hip hop music. I’ve studied its origins from the South Bronx, to its usage of samples and delivery of masterful rhymes, and on to the sub genres glitch, dubstep, and electro etc. I also love anything “How-to”. I go wild on search engines like Google and Yahoo asking every little question that pops into my head. If you are not yet doing this, I recommend starting now. Its time to flip the switch and turn on that light bulb above your heads. Start with Howcast, eHow and

While searching the web recently, I stumbled on a newly released book “How to Rap” The Art and Science of the MC. The cover features a photo of Q-Tip on the Mic and a short list of highly credible featured rappers. A true legend in the game, Kool G Rap writes the forward. MC’s from every region are featured within its pages including many classic hip hop era MC’s. For example you will read tips, advice and guidance from the likes of Gift of Gab, Havok of Mobb Deep, Big Daddy Kane, GURU of Gang Starr, RZA, KRS-1, Nas, Redman, Tha Alkaholiks, Cypress Hill and E-40. This book does not fall short of MC contributions.

Author Paul Edwards is an established writer and a researcher of hip hop. His book is the most extensive release of its kind featuring more than 100 rappers discussing and telling you how they use literary tools, imagery, similes, metaphors and analogies to define their style and personalities. How they work in the studio, perform live, play with words, punchlines, freestyling and making beats are also discussed, not to mention breathing techniques, vocal style and enunciation.

Released December 9th, 2009 How to Rap: The Art and Science of the Hip-Hop MC is available now at If you pick one up, please send me an email or post a comment with your thoughts on the book. I read everything and respond to everyone.

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoy the book.

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  1. :((((((( says:

    Oh My God I want this book so bad but I cant buy it I’m not from USA … fuck

    • Rotten Mac says:


      Were you ever able to pick up this book? If not, let me know. Maybe we can work something out to where I can get it to you. I’ve been reading more and more of it and I’m learning a lot haha!

  2. FJ says:

    I bought How to Rap a few days ago.I think it is incredible. It has loads of great stuff from the rappers. It must have taken forever for the author to track them all down. The part on flow is very important cause it shows you how to break down flows. This is a must have book.

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