About this project
"Everyone can freestyle." - words we live by
Who is this book for?
This book is for anyone who wants to freestyle rap, develop their mic skills, build an inclusive performance community, improve their confidence in public speaking, or develop their improvisational creative thinking talents.
We wrote this book for all skill levels. For folks who who have never picked up a mic and for people who have been freestyling since birth.
Its for facilitators, teachers, community builders, artists, public speakers, media personalities, youtube stars, politicians, activists, performers, its for you!
It is also for people who want want to build their own mobile sound system geared to freestyling in public spaces!
What is the Freestyle Focus Group?
For over seven years, founding members Professor Prawns (Adrian Sinclair) and Count Snacky (Karlis Kalnins) have been hosting a weekly invitational drop-in freestyle workshop called the Freestyle Focus Group in Vancouver, BC.
Each Monday, these 3-hour sessions were held in studios, backyards, living-rooms, party spaces, and out on the road on freestyle bike missions around east van. The drop-in workshops have been based in our philosophy that everyone can freestyle.
Beginner to advanced, we have seen that a little practice, some simple exercises and a positive environment can help improve everyone’s freestyle skills. We think that freestyle rapping can help to free the mind momentarily from the stresses of everyday life in order to tap into our deeper creativity and unique expression. We want to help you build the self confidence and skills that could help you do this!
Plus: It's seriously fun to rap over a beat.
Whats inside the book?
We did not make this up ourselves. The book is filled with practice exercises and ideas co-created by the 100's of MC's that came to the weekly drop-in freestyle sessions over the years.
We took notes on what exercises worked and what ones didn't. The result is the first of its kind (we think), a fully fledged, co-created book on how to build community via hosting a weekly freestyle rap workshop.
We've added sections on DIY sound-systems, group facilitation techniques tailored to freestyle rapping, and we have illustrated the book as well (thanks Prof. Prawns and Shong Daddo).
We made the book as a live-reference tool for hosting your own Freestyle Focus Group (FFG), as a tool kit to start your own FFG and as a record of how we have seen the power of hosting a freestyle drop-in as a way to create community (in public spaces, studios and backyards).
Risks and challenges
We do not anticipate any big risks in terms of production of the book nor distribution.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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