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!
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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!
In my first article discussing how to improve your rap voice I spoke about the most obvious culprit that hinders most rappers which is a lack or surplus of emotions. In this article I will delve into some of the not so obvious factors that could be plaguing you in reaching your desired rap voice which is centered around controlling your voice. So without further ado let's get straight to it. What are your vocal chords? In short your vocal chords are a muscle. Just like any other muscle they are limited to the amount of strain that they can bare. Approaching a vocal performance should be … [Read more...] about How To Improve Your Rap Voice: Control
So you've written some dope lyrics to some nice cadences only to discover that your vocals sound like hot garbage! Stop beating yourself up and lend me your attention momentarily as I share my thoughts on how you can improve your rap voice. I have much to cover so let's cut the crap and get straight to it! Why does your rap voice suck? I would be doing you a disservice to answer such a loaded question with a simple answer since there could be a multitude of factors contributing to your rap voice sounding less than ideal. So this will be one of several articles I will write covering this … [Read more...] about How To Improve Your Rap Voice: Emotions
At first glance rhyming words may seem overwhelming and a seemingly mysterious gift that only the elite wordsmiths have been gifted with since birth. But the truth is rhyming isn't so elusive once you start to break down the fundamentals of how they actually work. In this article I'll give you a detailed overview of all the different ways you can creatively begin rhyming words like a boss! Let's jump right in! Introduction To Rhyming Words When you break down what rhyming words actually is it's simply the use of similar sounds in some type of pattern that have a relationship to one another. … [Read more...] about Rhyming Words Like A BOSS!
Welcome to the 3rd installment of How To Rap A Verse. In the last lesson I discussed how to establish your flow and I came up with four cadences and broke them down for you. In this lesson you're going to learn how to translate your cadences into lyrics and I'll be demonstrating these techniques in the coming videos using the four cadences from the last lesson So without further ado... LET'S GET IT!! https://youtu.be/HIRb0DhWoCw Now before I dive in and start translating my cadences into lyrics there's a few things you need to know. Their Relationship It's important to understand the … [Read more...] about How To Rap A Verse: Translating Cadence To Lyrics
D.O.C. - Dr.Dre And The Music Industry In this months live hangout we learn from the mistakes of song writing legend D.O.C. and his partnership with Dr.Dre along with why it's vitally important that you mind your own business! It's quite simple.. no one is going to look out for you like you should look out for yourself. This live hangout is filled with tons of information and advice to help guide you in the right direction so you don't repeat the same mistakes that D.O.C. did. https://youtu.be/WGHsO9CGgIQ Many things are discussed such as the future of social media, The current state … [Read more...] about Mind Your Own Business! D.O.C. – Dr.Dre – Music Industry
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
Throughout my many years of being a student of rapping I've learned the power of observation. It's amazing what you can learn when you just slow down for a moment and carefully analyze something. In this article I will share some insight that will show you how to study your favorite rappers and begin to understand their techniques on a deeper level so you can start applying them to your music. Why Do You Like Them? Before we dive in just pause for a moment and ask yourself why do you like them so much in the first place? What is it about them that you find so enjoyable? Is it their flow, … [Read more...] about How To Study Your Favorite Rappers
Last week I was scheduled to do an interview on Blab with Oz from Excel TV. I got the the word out to all my students and invited them to join me and participate in the interview. However I ran into some technical difficulties when sending them the follow up e-mail which included the link to join the interview :( So in order to make it up to them I decided to host my very own Blab last Sunday just for them. I wanted to share the stage with them and allow every one an opportunity to come on and share who they are, where they're from, what they're working on and even spit some rhymes if they'd … [Read more...] about Rap Coach Cole Mize Hangs Out With Students