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
Regardless of how long you've been rapping the insight shared in this article will help you decide if you should collaborate with other rappers or not. There's a lot to take into consideration when approaching other rappers for a collaboration and vice versa when you are the one being approached by them. Let's just go ahead and get something out the way up front. Every rapper is not on the same level career, skill, or seriousness wise. Some rappers are strictly doing it for fun in their free time while others are grinding hard and making plenty of sacrifices to build a career out of … [Read more...] about Should You Collaborate With Other Rappers?
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
A common obstacle many artists face when learning how to rap is not knowing where to place verses and hooks due to a lack of understanding about song structure. In this article I will break down what song structure is and show you how to process all of the information that the instrumental is giving you. https://youtu.be/i77CRLPC3Dg What's Song Structure? Now we previously looked into what structured lyrics are. Now lets define what song structure means. Song Structure is the order or pattern in which sections of the song such as verses, hooks & bridges are presented and or repeated. … [Read more...] about How To Rap: Song Structure
Back In The Day Once upon a time nearly every recording artist was trying to figure out how to get a record deal so they could finally "MAKE IT". Their strategy was often to get really good at their craft, scrape up enough money for a demo and then get it in front of an A&R of a record label that would hopefully sign them. Now once upon a time this approach made sense because it took a lot of money to fund a recording project and properly promote it, money that people normally didn't have. The downside to this was that most artists had very little music business knowledge and leverage … [Read more...] about How To Get A Record Deal Without Selling Your Soul
http://youtu.be/-EcQjGa0ZgU We Have A Winner! I am very excited to announce that Mz Wild won the first how to rap cadence contest. And as promised in my previous video I have made a video which shines the spot light on her as I take her cadences under the microscope and dissect them. In this video I load Mz Wilds cadence recording into FL Studio and then program hi hats to line up with her cadence. Once this has been established I then take out my handy dandy notepad and translate her cadence into lyrics. Why Mz Wild? There is several reasons why Mz Wild won this contest. Not only did she … [Read more...] about How To Rap To Mz Wilds Cadence
http://youtu.be/cv_ur1ZLeA4 Lifting The Veil When you are learning how to rap one obstacle you are sure to face is when you try to take your cadences that you've developed while scatting and try to translate them into lyrics. This can be a very difficult and some what mysterious aspect of rapping. But in this article I hope to lift the veil from your eyes so you can see the fundamental's of whats really going on at the most basic level. Syllables Are Beats In previous installments of Be A Better Rapper now I have broken down and expounded on how to create cadence by scatting and mumbling … [Read more...] about How To Rap: Cadence To Lyrics
http://youtu.be/OQA8Z2ZFiDw Once The Beat Drops When you are learning how to rap one thing that may have not crossed your mind is what do you do once the beat drops? Meaning if when you are rapping you are trying to stay to the rhythm of the drums then what do you do once the drums are muted during certain segments of the track? Think of the drums like training wheels but you don't have to have them in order to ride the beat. For this exercise let's just eliminate the drums all together...who need em anyways? Two Sections The first thing that I like to do when I am approaching a … [Read more...] about How To Rap: Without Training Wheels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDIyV73qaQA Wanna Stand Out? When you are learning how to rap one thing that will make you stand out from most of your colleagues is learning how to add character to your cadence. In my previous article "Cadence Explained" I broke down what cadence is along with a live demonstration of how I practice my cadences in the studio. Now lets go just a little deeper and discuss how you can add more character to your cadence. What's The Goal? I would like to submit to you a theory that in art perfection is not the goal but is rather creating something that is unique … [Read more...] about How To Rap: Adding Character To Cadence