Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Twista
Today’s MCs, they do it with a little more ease—it’s not as
complicated as it was when we did it. When I think of, like,
Rakim, KRS-One, LL Cool J, Ice Cube . . . you threw a lot more
into the rhythm. Today people rap a little more looser, a little
more easy, [but that’s] not to say that it’s wack or anything.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Zumbi, Zion I
I probably rap fast more freestyling than writing. You kinda
learn how words fit together and how the phrasing goes and
that certain words [are] harder to fit in the quick flow like
that, or certain syllables, the way they knock together is more
difficult to put them together. So I think freestyle has taught
me certain flows that I can use in that quick pattern.
Making a lot of syllables fit into a fast rap often requires some
editing. It’s also important to know which words fit together
smoothly with other words.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Shock G, Digital Underground
Many of the classics we enjoy today are a result of this rare
combination. I say “rare” because of the millions of rappers
out there today, the majority of us usually have one strength
or the other—[flow] or content. The true greats always possess,
and are aware of, both.
There is no one “correct” way of putting together content and
flow. Different rappers rely on a wide range of different techniques,
and looking through all these methods will help you to experiment
and find the process that works best for you. Developing
and practicing your own writing techniques are key to becoming
a better MC.

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2Mex, The Visionaries
I wanted to do a style that was fast and exciting yet completely
coherent. I started realizing that it all depends on what words
you put together and how you put them together—like a runon
sentence that sounded very smooth. Sometimes I rap so
fast that there’ll be one syllable too many, and then I have to
figure out where the fuck do I edit the syllable from. . . . And
then you take a syllable off, maybe you took one or two out,
and now you’re one short and then you gotta add one—it’s
just a word game.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Spider Loc
I really enjoy writing, even doodling. If I sit around and there’s
pen and paper somewhere handy, I’ll just do something on
the paper. I enjoy writing for the purpose of just the physical
act of writing—it’s just something I like to do.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Cappadonna, Wu-Tang Clan affiliate
Sometimes I’ll have no respect for the loose-leaf paper at all.
I’ll write upside down, write graffiti all over the place, I’ll do
some of it in script, some of it small, some of it big.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Masta Ace
Sometimes I’ll write stuff down and it’ll be in this difficult
cadence that in my mind, it sounds great, but I’m not actually
trying to say it as I’m writing, so I don’t realize how tough
it’s gonna be in the booth spitting it. [Then] I figure out all
that—that line there has too many words, let me pull a couple
of words out and make it easier to say without having to
struggle with the breath.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Glasses Malone
I write everything down on my Sidekick—I always got it with
me. And when I’m done, I can e-mail it to myself to copyright
the lyrics. The only disadvantage is when the battery goes
dead and you in there laying a verse—that ain’t really cool.
Even if an artist writes lyrics some other way to begin with, he
or she may then convert them into electronic form to make the
editing process easier.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

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will.i.am, Black Eyed Peas
I just improv[ise] over the beat—I lay down the rhythm first,
and then I fill it in [with words].
Other artists wait until they’re actually recording the song to
finalize the rhythmic patterns.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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