Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius

Rakim (Author)

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Amistad Press
Publish Date
September 24, 2019
5.8 X 1.2 X 8.3 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Rakim reigns as one of hip-hop's most transformative artists. Along with his partner Eric B., he recorded 1987's Paid in Full, the landmark recording that MTV named the greatest hip-hop album of all time. Rakim's inimitable style lyrics, which has drawn comparisons to jazz icon Thelonious Monk, have been cited as an influence on a wide range of top-selling musicians including Jay Z, Nas, Eminem, Tupac, 50 Cent, and The Notorious B.I.G. Rakim is the recipient of the 2012 I am Hip Hop Trophy, the 2013 BET Hip Hop Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as multiple Vstrong Hip Hop Honors.


β€œReading Sweat the Technique is like listening to a classic Rakim track with the same codification, spirituality, and simple-complexity that will make the reader press rewind and start at page one several times over.”--East Bay Express
"Reflections on a life of artistic commitment during hop-hop's golden age. . . insightful."--Kirkus Reviews
"Rakim and music journalist Bakari Kitwana offer a road map guiding readers to the source of his inspiration and the reason behind his career longevity: his unmatched skills on the mic. . . Their work reflects hip-hop's role as an innovative conduit of Black experiences."--Literary Hub
"Sweat the Technique is the hip-hop version of Stephen King's On Writing."--Medium
"[Sweat the Technique] joins the best of rap history and criticism and has the potential to inspire a new age of rap lyricism."--Booklist