All You Need to Know About Rappin'
Posted Mar 27 2006
This is more of a collector's item than an account of how to be down with hip hop (not that reading a book will necessarily do the trick!). Nonetheless, it's a good source to get a feel for the mid-eighties as Grandmaster Blaster gives the reader a well-rounded overview of the culture. Some parts are cheesy, like "The Official Rapper's Dictionary," but are quite amusing if you don't take this book, or yourself, too seriously. Personally, I liked the interactive activity "Which Rapper Embarrassed Himself By Using the Wrong Words?" wich ends with "a truly fresh homeboy uses def words in his rough raps!" Word. Moving along, Blaster gives some great times on how to do everything from rap to produce. He gives examples of rhymes, suggestions for dressing the part ("gold jewelry and spikes look super hot and show the crowd you mean business - so watch out!"), and suggestions for show props (e.g. kazoos). Finally, he gives a list of "must-have" records, including releases by Kurtis Blow and Run DMC. A great book for nostalgia and a must-have for any hip-hop collector.