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Booksigning with RAKIM at Books Inc. Alameda

Rakim author photo and Sweat the Technique cover image

Musician and Hip Hop legend Rakim joins us for a booksigning of his dynamic memoir, Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius.

Hailed as "the greatest MC of all time" and compared to Thelonious Monk-- Rakim's powerful book reimagines the writing handbook in this memoir and guide that incorporates the soulful genius, confidence, and creativity of a master artist.

Signing Guidelines:

  • Attendees with a Books Inc. receipt for Sweat the Technique will be given priority in the signing line.
  • Rakim will be happy to personalize copies of Sweat the Technique.
  • In addition to signing copies of Sweat the Technique, Rakim will sign up to 1 piece of memorabilia per person.
  • Posed photos will be permitted. Please have your phone / camera ready when approaching the signing table.

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 musiciansto 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 L. L. 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.

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.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
1344 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501
Books: 
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Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius Cover Image
By Rakim
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062850232
Availability: Coming Soon - AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
Published: Amistad - September 24th, 2019

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