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Thoughts for the novice rapper

Q: I want to rap but need some tips on how to get started. I'm quick with the quip, but have never put anything down on paper. I need a pro to help me out!

Common: With any art such as rapping, remember thoughts are things, and everything you think about you can manifest -- such as your jacket. Before it was a jacket it was someone's thought.

If you can't afford professional studio time, then just do it the old-fashioned way and dig up some old records with funky instrumentals, get yourself a tape recorder and press record.

Having great rhymes for no one to hear does the world no good!

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