Songwriting is a skill in and of its self, apart from rapping. And there are a lot of techniques that go into it as well. But within this article, I'm going to discuss what I believe to be one of the most difficult parts about writing rap songs and I'll provide with you some insight on how to get past it. Under Pressure A lot of us rappers put a tremendous amount of unnecessary pressure on ourselves when it comes to songwriting. Even though it's typically just us, by ourselves, in a room working on music. We allow our psyche to be flooded with all these questions and doubts such … [Read more...] about The Most Difficult Part Of Writing Rap Songs
Have you found yourself wrestling with the thought that perhaps you're too old to start rapping? Or if you've already been rapping for quite some time have you wondered if you've "missed the mark" and it's time to put the mic down? If so I think you will find a lot of encouragement within this article as I tackle both of these angles and provide you with some alternative views you may have yet to consider. So without further ado, LET'S GET IT!! Are You Too Old? Let's first tackle the question of if you are too old to be rapping. Now I don't know you specifically so I think it's wise to … [Read more...] about Are You Too Old To Be Rapping?
Within any craft, there are three types of people; pioneers, innovators, and thieves. And sometimes the lines that divide each of them can become blurred. This same concept certainly applies to this craft we love and know as "rapping". But at times it can be difficult to pinpoint where you personally fit into all of this. Are you a pioneer, an innovator or just a thief that's bitting off of other rappers hard work? Well, after reading this you might have a slightly different perspective on all of this. Let's first take a look at each of these roles. PIONEERS Pioneers: "a … [Read more...] about A Case For Biting Rappers: Pioneers, Innovators And Thieves
So you've been working hard on improving your rap skills in the privacy of your bedroom. But at what point should you step out and share your talent with the outside world? And how can you get rid of your fear of rapping in front of others before doing so? I'll be sure to cover all of that within this article so LET'S GET IT! Are You Ready? First things first. Before you start putting yourself out there you should spend some time developing your rap skills. You don't have to "master" the art of rapping first but you should at least be decent at rapping already. If you're not sure if … [Read more...] about Building Up The Confidence To Rap In Front Of Others
Have you ever heard the quote "hindsight is 20/20"? If not, basically it means that mistakes you made in your past due to a lack of experience and understanding are crystal clear to you now in the present moment. What once was so confusing and mysterious is now so simple that you regard it as common sense. Time Traveling I wish I could jump into a time machine and travel back 22 years when I first started rapping. Not just so I could play video games all day without the worries of paying bills, but mainly because I could save myself so much time and frustration with learning this … [Read more...] about The Biggest Mistake I Made When I First Started Rapping
So there seems to be this myth floating around that there's an age restriction for rapping. I've heard it on both ends from people inquiring if they're too old to be rapping as well as kids thinking that perhaps they're too young. Interestingly enough I've discovered through conversing with these age conscious creatives that their concerns have been triggered for several underlining reasons. And it's likely you have had some of these insecurities as well so let's take a look at them and see if we can't put these myths to rest. Are You Too Young To Start Rapping? I'm Not … [Read more...] about Are You Too Young To Start Rapping?
Sign Yourself To A Record Label In this very special Christmas hangout on Blab I decided to speak and encourage my fellow rappers on why they should sign themselves to a record label. This might seem like an odd thing to say at first but after you hear the context of my message I think it will make a lot of sense to you. I also went on to encourage everyone to start thinking like business owners and investors opposed to just thinking about being employed or self employed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luRvvSZ4nTE As the year of 2015 is coming to a close I really wanted to give my … [Read more...] about Sign Yourself To A Record Label – Christmas Hangout
I've been rapping for a little over 18 years and have been teaching on the subject of how to rap for about 1 1/2 years as I write this. In this article I will give you inside information on what I've found to be the top 5 mistakes I've found rappers making while their learning how to rap. I hope this article will help prevent you from making the same mistakes and give you more of a focus on the steps you need to take in order to get better at rapping quicker. 1. Can't Identify Beats If you're wanting to learn how to rap there is a certain order that you need to follow in order for everything … [Read more...] about Top 5 Mistakes Rappers Make When Learning How To Rap
When it comes to being an independent artist our definitions of success and what "making it" actually means may vary. Allow me to share with you something called the 1,000 True Fans Theory in hopes that it may encourage you in growing your fan base & seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Leveling The Playing Field Once upon a time getting a record deal was the only viable means for artists to breakthrough the music industry and earn a decent income. But the arrival of digital audio recording & high speed internet has undoubtedly leveled the playing field for everyone! Now anyone … [Read more...] about Growing Your Fan base & The 1,000 True Fans Theory
Have you ever began writing a song and everything seems to be coming together perfectly? Then after a few more hours of working on it you seem to no longer love it? In fact you start questioning everything and end of backtracking and changing things? In this article I hope to shed some light on what's actually happening when you are experiencing this common occurrence among songwriters. Newly Acquainted Have you ever discovered a new song that you love and then after listening to it over and over again you notice your excitement and admiration of it diminishes significantly? Are you just … [Read more...] about Writing A Song With A Fresh Perspective