Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius by Rakim (Signed Copies)
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Rakim is regarded in the highest echelon of MC, and his rhyme structure and cadence is still dominant in the works of today's greatest wordsmiths. One could look at hip hop as having two eras-Before Rakim and After Rakim. His arrival on the scene added layers, complexity, depth, musicality, and soul to rap. Rakim is not just a great songwriter-he's one of the great writers in modern America, period.
This is part memoir, part practical writing guide showing anyone how to write better. Includes stories from his life (his mother was a trained opera singer!) He talks about his influences, his studies, and shares how you can express yourself in the manner that's most comfortable to you, how to tell your story.