In today’s video, I’m going to be sharing 4 rapping flow hacks that you can use to help with improving your rap flow. You can use each of these techniques to change how your existing rap cadence feels in subtle or obvious ways without having to add or remove any syllables.
I’ll be demonstrating each of these techniques over an instrumental that I produced called “Fairy Tales”. If you like this instrumental you can get it via my beat store.
This first rapping flow hack is something called “Legato”. To keep things simple “Legato” is a music term that’s used to describe music notes that are long. So when you think “Legato” think, “long”.
When I’m wanting to give my rap lyrics a Legato feel I adjust my rap cadence so that it feels like each word is running into the next word without any gaps between them. This will give your rap cadence a really smooth texture and cause you to sound more chill, relaxed, and mellow.
Now let’s say I want my rap cadence to sound more aggressive. Well one way to do that is to add more syllables to make your bars more dense. But I’m about to show you another way to make your cadence feel more aggressive without adding anything extra.
We can achieve this by using Legato’s baby’s momma’s younger brother’s cousin, Staccato.
Staccato is another music term that’s used to describe music notes that are short. So by shortening the length or sustain of the music notes from my existing cadence I can make it sound more sharp, abrupt, and aggressive.
Now let’s say you’re a “have your cake and eat it too” kinda person and you want your cadence to sound more sharp and aggressive using “Staccato” notes but you still want to mellow it out a bit and make it more chill and relaxed sounding.
Well, you can achieve this by adding a late swing to your cadence.
In music there’s this thing called “the pocket” which is basically a zone around the beat that you can land and it will feel different but still sound good.
In this case, if we were to add a late swing to our “Staccato” notes it will make it sound more mellow while retaining the aggressiveness that the “Staccato” notes provide.
And you may be wondering since the pocket is the zone before and after the beat, what would happen if you were to add an early swing to the cadence? Well, an early swing will actually cause your rap cadence to feel more anxious and rushed and create more tension. This can be a great way to create a different type of texture for your cadences to make them feel more rigid and less smooth and polished.
Early swing is much more commonplace in contemporary trap-style rap cadences.
BACK 2 BACK
Now let’s take a listen to all four of these techniques back to back so you can hear how big of a difference each one makes to the overall sound of the cadences.
My name is Cole Mize with ColeMizeStudios.com where I strive to make you a better rapper now! If you’re trying to perfect your rap skills make sure you get yourself a FREE copy of my eBook The #1 Fundamental To Rapping 👇.
And always remember, when it comes to rapping…there’s no rules…there’s only…techniques. Peace!