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Fatman Scoop hosts the highest rated radio station in New York and knows how to sell records on both sides of the Atlantic.

He offers this advice for would be MCs.

1. Study the greats, you gotta get hold of some of the greats, 'Follow The Leader' Eric B & Rakim, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo 'Men At Work' and Slick Rick 'The Adventures of Slick Rick'. Basically get your hands on material released between 1984 and 1988 from some of the greatest MCs and those albums alone can teach you how to rap. Rakim only made one curse on his album and still today is one of the hardest MCs to touch.

2. Practise your craft. You only get better with practise, your style and flow will start to develop.

3. Be unique, we don't want to hear another wannabee Biggie or Jay-Z. When you hear a Busta record you know it's Busta, same for the successful big dogs out there – you could never mistake Ludacris for DMX. Having your own sound and style is what people will love you for. The successful and rated MCs are distinctive.

When you feel you are ready and only when you are ready, take it to the streets. Most A men don't know about making hit records, they couldn't pick a hit with a shovel. You have to let the people decide, just make sure you have your act together, if you don't you're gonna get called wack and wack juice is hard to scrub off.

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