How To Rap: Fitting Lyrics To Beats

When learning how to rap one very important technique to acquire is the ability to fit your lyrics to beats. Often times us rappers may be inspired to write in a moments notice and before we know it we have a whole verse or even a song but with no instrumental to rap it to. Once we do find a beat to rap to we often are faced with the dilemma of our lyrics not fitting perfectly with the beat.

Now more experienced rappers may write lyrics with a sort of internal tempo if you will. When you become more familiar with your style of rapping you will be able to more easily write lyrics without a beat while still having a structured tempo and rhythm to your rhymes. This makes it a lot more easier to apply your lyrics to a beat once you find one that suites you.

Less experienced rappers will most likely find this task a little more problematic. It can be kind of frustrating when you don’t have a clear idea of what is causing your lyrics to sound off beat and you may not know ways that you can tailor fit your lyrics to mesh well with the instrumental. Don’t pull your hair out lol that is why I am here!

In this video I will break all of that down. I use lyrics that I wrote without a beat and then I invite you in as I begin to fit my lyrics to a beat from start to finish. I hope that you find this helpful. If you have questions, comments or feedback please drop your 2 cents in the comments section below.


  1. Kel Hurst says

    Man!!! I promise I use this technique Cole but the way you just broke this video down, you just learned me a few things homie!! I dig your vision bro and I pray that God multiplies it homie!!!

    • says

      What’s up Kel! It’s great to hear from you bro!! I’m so glad to hear that you found this video helpful! I will keep them coming every week. And thanks a million for the encouragement! God bless you to bro! Is there anything in particular you may be interested in me covering in the future?

      • Kel Hurst says

        Actually I need to tighten up on my ad libs if you could touch up on that cause I hardly ever do them because I have trouble with them. I think this is awesome what you doin man, keep it up!!!

        • says

          Hey Kel It’s always a pleasure to hear from you bro! Man that’s a really great question concerning adlibs and a very common one at that.

          Next Monday I’m going to cover breathing techniques and I’ll make sure to cover adlibs the following Monday.

          Thanks so much for your encouragement bro! It’s very gratifying to know I’m helping others out. And I sincerely appreciate your input as well! Just that alone is not only helping me out but the rest of the online community as well. So always feel free to chime in because you have a voice in this community.

          Thanks again for your support and it’s my pleasure to serve you guys. Much love!

  2. Solution says

    Hey Cole, I greatly appreciate your help homie. It’s been amazing how much better I’ve gotten due to you. You deserve the best, and THEN SOME dog.

  3. Gio says

    Hey Cole Mize, I found your video very helpful, and this technique seems to work very well. I was wondering if it would work to match lyrics to a beat that has been made beforehand, as opposed to making the lyrics first and then finding a beat to match. Thanks for your help,keep it up!

    • says

      Hey Gio, I’m glad you enjoyed my video and found it helpful! Actually that’s exactly what I did in this video. I wrote the lyrics first without any beat and then I went and found a beat and fit the lyrics to the beat. The beat I picked didn’t fit the lyrics which was the purpose of this video. Thanks for the positive feedback! I really appreciate it! :)

  4. Jean says

    check it out you did that like a mother plucking master you explained it by showing how to do and that was fantastic and that helped now do you have a video about how to find your rap voice I started taking rapping serious 3 weeks ago I have 8 songs with one verse and I cant get the second verse nor am I satisfied with my rap voice so can you teach on that

    • says

      Hey Jean thanks for all the positive feedback! I’m really glad you enjoyed this lesson and found it to be helpful! Yes I will certainly be making videos in the future on finding and improving your rap voice. Until then feel free to check out this article I wrote called How To Improve Your Rap Voice With Emotions and follow the links within the article because they link to other articles that relate to this subject. I hope this helps you out and thanks again for your comment! :) – Cole Mize

  5. Xterior says

    Hi Cole, it’s been a long time and now it’s my school break. I want to get back to rapping, but I found out that I have not write lyrics in a while and didn’t feel right on every aspect. For example, I find that the lyrics I wanna write doesn’t fit to a specific beat. Also, another question is it more advisable to find a beat then write to it, or can I write my lyrics then rap to a beat.

    • says

      You can actually do both. I prefer writing to music so I don’t have to tweak it later. Here is a video of me making lyrics fit to a beat that I didn’t write to. And here’s a video of me writing lyrics to a beat. Either way is fine as long as everything fits to the beat nice and snug in the end. I hope this helps :) -Cole Mize

      • Xterior says

        Thank you so much, another question I have is, how do you find a good beat to write to? I find that I have topics with me that I want to write to, but I feel that the beat is not right for that topic, is there an easy way to know if the beat is suitable?

        • says

          Well what a good beat is really based upon your personal opinion. I explain how to find quality beats in my article Top Ten Tips For Buying Rap Beats Online. But allow the beat to speak to you. Pay attention to what the beat makes you think about or what emotional state it puts you in when you listen to it. For example if the beat is really mellow and soft you may be inclined to talk about someone you’re crushing over, or something that’s been on your mind that you want to flesh out. But if the beat is really upbeat and crunk you may want to talk about something more energetic like going to a party, getting in a fight, running from the cops lol I don’t know. I hope that helps :) – Cole Mize

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