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