Art of Emcee-ing, The
Posted Aug 23 2006
While they may have a good handle of the gift of gab, many MCs aren’t able to translate their thoughts in written form. Stic.man of the hip-hop group dead prez breaks this mold with an excellent book that does more than give advice to aspiring and veteran MCs. The Art is a great tool for English teachers to engage students in a meaningful way and is full of advice for young people seeking direction or advice.
At a broad level, Stic emphasizes the importance of planning, persistence, and study. To become a better MC, he suggests reading up on a variety of subjects, talking with a wide range of people, and experiencing life to broaden one’s horizons. While the book has a hip-hop slant Stic does a great job of showing how the art of emceeing is connected to other forms of expression and literature. He discusses writers’ block, knowing one’s audience, point of view, brainstorming exercises, creating outlines, and other topics covered in traditional English classes.
On the hip-hop side of things, Stic is very diplomatic and doesn’t call out any specific artists while differentiating between rappers and MC s. For example, he compares MCs to trained martial artists and rappers as street fighters who have one or two good moves, but who tend to be undisciplined and one-dimensional. He emphasizes approaching the art of emceeing as any other craft and that those interested should study music theory, breath control, and analyze vocalists of various genres of music to learn how they best deliver their words. There’s even a section focused on maintaining one’s health that includes a list of healthy foods.
Beat selection gets an entire chapter and suggestions in regards to business, including publishing rights, are also included, as well as a beat CD.
Besides great information, based on personal experience, Stic’s book stands out due to his easily accessible writing style that doesn’t sacrifice content. Furthermore, he uses great examples. But while I could rave on about this book, you’d do better to just pick one up for yourself!
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