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Sweat the Technique

Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius
By: Rakim
Narrated by: Rakim
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

The musician and hip-hop legend - hailed as “the greatest MC of all time” and compared to Thelonious Monk - reimagines the writing handbook in this memoir and guide that incorporates the soulful genius, confidence, and creativity of a master artist.

When he exploded on the music scene, musical genius Rakim was hailed for his brilliant artistic style, adding layers, complexity, depth, musicality, and soul to rap. More than anyone, Rakim has changed the way MCs rhyme. Calm on the mic, his words combine in a frenzy of sound, using complicated patterns based on multisyllabic rhymes and internal rhythms. Rakim can tell a story about a down-on-his-luck man looking for a job and turn it into an epic tale and an unforgettable rhyme. He is not just a great songwriter - he’s a great modern writer. 

Part memoir, part writing guide, Sweat the Technique offers insight into how Rakim thinks about words, music, writing, and rhyming as it teaches writers of all levels how to hone their craft. It is also a rare glimpse into Rakim’s private life, full of entertaining personal stories from his youth on Long Island growing up in a home and community filled with musicians to the clubs of New York and the studios of Los Angeles during his rise to the top of popular music. Rakim celebrates the influences that shaped his development, including the jazz music of John Coltrane and the spirituality of the streets, and shares anecdotes spotlighting personalities such as LL Cool J and Dr. Dre, among others.

Filled with valuable lessons for every writer, Sweat the Technique reveals the heart and mind of an artist and his love for great storytelling and, always, the words. 

©2019 Rakim and Toure (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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This is HIPHOP,
This is Real.
History of RAKIM and HipHop
Gets person and real.. he gives us deep insight in why William Michael Griffin is RAKIM.
yea he NICE

also makes :( at the current state of hiphop

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Excellent

An artist I knew but who I knew nothing about. A very interesting and engaging listen.

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Absolutely incredible

I am so glad that Rakim read this himself. Great content and throughly engaging book.

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love rakims music

loved it will listen meany more times
listen to it in 3 days ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️ ☺️

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A must read from Hip Hop's supreme lyricist, Rakim. Its a fantastic and historical journey.

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  • Troy
  • 27-09-19

Solid

This was the dopest audio book I’ve heard yet.
Rakim for president ! I need a part 2

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  • pablo
  • 09-10-19

The R

If you are a fan this book will interest you. It’s the story of his youth and how he came to be one of the BEST lyricist in HipHop of all time. Inspirational story, and a great perspective look thru the eyes of Rakim. I’m listening to it again.

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  • Anton J Gunn
  • 06-10-19

Amazing insight from a Creative Genius

First let me say, I am a huge fan of Rakim’s music. So when I learned he had a book, I was immediately interested. To hear his story in his own words was awesome. It was especially important because for 30 years he has been such a private person. This book gives you insight into his creative process and work ethic. As an entrepreneur who also relies heavily on creativity and also can support, this book gave me several revelations that will help me with my business. I’m glad that he wrote it and that it was made available in audio format. Great listen, especially if you are an 80s-90s Hip Hop fan.

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  • Racheal
  • 01-10-19

The Greatest MC Ever

I’m glade he decided to tell his own story. Growing up I often wondered why it seemed like he wasn’t in any of the cultural movies or movements. I now know why. Some may have felt their star may have been dimmed alongside his. Rakim was a movement and with a legacy untarnished he can hold his head high despite the fact. I was in the fourth grade when Paid In Full was released. It changed the paradigm. There is Hip Hop before Rakim and after Rakim. His message in my opinion was needed then and is needed now. I always knew there was something big that split the group up. Although I glade they moved past it. Many artists can learn from him as it relates to holding some things secret but that’s just another aspect among many that makes him special. A stand up dude. Rakim never compromised his integrity.

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  • Ok Customer
  • 30-09-19

Rakim

Like many RAKIM raised millions from coast to coast and is the best. He is your favorite rappers favorite rapper!!

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  • Lee Jackson
  • 29-09-19

Connection is Divine

In true fashion, Rakim does not disappoint. He breaks down his lyrical genius to a science and delivers a profound awakening to expressiveness. I now have a deeper understanding of why a 12 year old girl from the midwest with no real understanding of hip-hop back in 87 would keep rewinding his tapes. The lyrics were captivating to me; deep even. I was too young to realize it then but I get it now. Knowledge of self....Indeed

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-09-19

When a private legend speaks, everyone listens!!!

When a private legend speaks, everyone listens!!!
My favorite rapper delivers a truly great book.

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  • kay
  • 28-09-19

REGAL!!!

Brilliantly put together.Much knowledge given on truth test trails triumph. Jewels of wisdom shared. This book was worth the wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-19

Best Book This Year

Listening to this book was like listening to a acapella record of all the Eric B. & Rakim albums. His voice was and the way he wrote this book was lyrical. He was rhyming and was even trying it was hysterical.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-19

Legend. Lyrical genius.

Hoping to hear more from the hip hop master. Respect from Serbia. Stay true. Respect!