Over the years I've written rap songs every way imaginable. And in my personal experience, I've learned some approaches simply work better than others. While I don't teach that there are rules to rapping or songwriting I do believe there are best practices which I will be sharing with you below. So without further ado... LET'S GET IT! Pick Out The Instrumental Before you begin writing a rap song I recommend that you pick an instrumental first. A rap song isn't just about lyrics it's also about rhythm and emotion. If you don't begin writing your rap song to an instrumental you will … [Read more...] about My 5 Step Blueprint For Writing Rap Songs
In this article, I'm going to share some advice that will help you the next time you're trying to get your rap lyrics to fit within your bars properly. Counting Syllables I often get asked a question that goes a little something like this. "Cole, how many syllables should my rap lyrics have per bar?" Pretty straight forward right? I usually respond with saying that 11-14 syllables are a good generic syllable count to shoot for. The reason being is because rappers typically rap using 16th notes for the majority of the time while occasionally using 8th and 32nd notes. So even if … [Read more...] about Why Counting Your Rap Lyrics Syllables Isn’t Accurate
Learning How To Rap If you have recently began your journey of learning how to rap then you may find yourself stuck wondering where is the correct place for you to begin in the first place? This article will serve as an easy to follow step by step guide to help you navigate this new and unfamiliar territory. You may want to bookmark this article in your web browser so that you can keep revisiting it as you keep advancing in your journey. So without further ado LET'S GET IT!! Wait!! Before you go any further you may want to read The Top 5 Mistakes Rappers Make When Learning How To … [Read more...] about 5 Steps To Learning How To Rap And Write Catchy Songs
Regardless if you have just began learning how to rap or if you've already been at it for an extensive length of time this one tip I'm about to share with you will make you a better rapper and there's several reasons for it. So let's just get straight to it shall we? Building From The Ground Up Now if you're familiar with most of my previous work you know that being a skilled rapper first starts with your rhythm which I define as your ability to stay on beat. And secondly your cadence which is the way that you dance to the music with your syllables on beat. The complexity of your rhyme … [Read more...] about This One Tip Will Make You A Better Rapper!
When you’re first getting started writing, recording, and producing music, knowing exactly what you need can be a bit of a mystery. If you’re just a beginner, and you’ll only be recording vocals, you can likely get away with away with a USB microphone recording setup. However, if you want to record multiple instruments at once, start to mix your own music, or produce resource-intensive songs (like when you use multiple plugins or virtual instruments), you’ll likely need a more elaborate setup. With that said, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the multitude of options out there for your home … [Read more...] about What You Need To Setup Your Home Studio
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?
Have you ever attempted to write your next song only to be met by a crippling nemesis known as writers block? Of course you have! Anyone who is a creative has experienced these moments of utter frustration. So if you're wrestling with the uncertainty of what you should rap about in your next song take a deep breath and relax as I attempt to alleviate your suffering with a little bit of perspective. Let's get it!! What Should You Rap About? First Person Is Only One Perspective The first trap a lot of rappers fall into is thinking all their songs have to be about them. But let's be honest … [Read more...] about What Should You Rap About? A Guide To Destroying Writers Block!
Being a skilled rapper isn't just about riding the beat it's much more than that. Rapping is simply the vehicle we use to deliver our message to our audience. However there are many literary devices rappers wield such as rhyme schemes and punchlines which make a huge impact on the listener. And moving the audience emotionally and making a strong impact and lasting impression is really the goal of any artist right? So lets take a quick look at how you can create rap punchlines to hit HARD!! What Are Rap Punchlines? Rap Punchlines just like any other punchlines is the culminating part of a … [Read more...] about How To Create Rap Punchlines That Hit HARD!
Being creative is all about...well... creating! And when that moment of inspiration strikes you it's important to take full advantage of it! In this article I will share with you 5 free tools that can improve a rappers work flow so that you can focus on getting your ideas down as quickly and efficiently as possible. So without further ado let's get straight to it! Top 5 Free Tools To Improve A Rappers Workflow Metronomer When that moment of inspiration hits you to start jotting down your rhymes but you don't even have a beat to write to instead of fumbling through dozens of … [Read more...] about Top 5 Free Tools That Can Improve A Rappers Work Flow!
We live in very privileged times where rappers can search the internet and filter through thousands of producers to find that perfect beat for their project. After the purchase has been made the beat is automatically delivered via e-mail. It hasn't always been this way and while this is a convenient and cost effective method for both the rappers and producers it's a huge missed opportunity and hear's why! A New Business Model This new online business model where producers lease beats on the internet really got popular a little over 10 years ago. Before then in order to have your own … [Read more...] about Why Rappers And Producers Should Work Together