Today I’m going to share with you one of the most common mistakes I see rappers make when recording their vocals which makes them sound like crap! The good news is this is a super easy fix that you can use right now and it won’t cost you anything! https://youtu.be/QcrCV1b9GTY THE PROBLEM So here’s the problem. Rappers scour the internet vehemently for the perfect instrumental on sites such as Airbit and Beatstars.com until they find that perfect Gem. Not this kind of “gym” or that kind of “jim”, I’m talking about this kind of “gem”. After downloading their instrumental they … [Read more...] about Why Your Rap Vocal Recordings Sound Like Crap!
If you’re a rapper that isn’t enjoying writing your rap lyrics down on paper the good news is that you’re not alone...and in this video I’m going to be providing you with some quick practical tips as I answer one of my student's questions regarding this very issue! https://youtu.be/OgMGxpCVv_4 LHORMI SE7EN asks… “Hey Cole. I find it hard to write my lyrics with a pen and a paper but when I eventually do, my raps are way more advanced and my rhyming is extremely amazing. I write more songs with my phone's notepad but then the lyrics are not so outstanding and it doesn't have that extra … [Read more...] about I Hate Writing My Rap Lyrics Down! Please Help!
In this lesson, I’m going to be breaking down the vocal production behind Cal Scruby’s song Cigarette Break. I’m discussing his delivery, background vocals, and I'm even going to discuss some of the mixing as well. So if you’re a rapper who's trying to get better sounding vocals, this is going to be the perfect video for you! This is the 4th and final video of this series. I've already made videos dedicated to breaking down is rap flow, rhyme schemes, and songwriting techniques. You can watch all the videos in this series via the How To Rap Like Cal Scruby Playlist. Also If you haven’t … [Read more...] about Rap Vocal Production on Cal Scruby: Cigarette Break – Part 4
In this week's lesson, I'm going to show you some of the secret songwriting techniques that the very talented rapper Cal Scruby is using in his song Cigarette Break. If you haven’t already heard this song, be sure to check it out here. This is the 3rd part of this series. I’ve done 2 other videos that break down Cal Scruby’s Rap Flow and his Rhyme Schemes which you can watch via my YouTube Playlist https://youtu.be/gRGUhqvYI34 01 THEME SMOKE IN - Lighter FX HK - If you want smoke we can take a cigarette break HK - Makes sound like he’s blowing out smoke 02 … [Read more...] about Rap Songwriting Secrets Revealed by Rapper Cal Scruby – PART 3: Songwriting
In this week's video, I'm going to be revealing all of the advanced rhyming techniques that Cal Scuby uses in his song 'Cigarette Break'. If you apply these techniques correctly you can take your Rhyming Skills to new heights which will make your raps sound so much more pleasing and catchy to the listener! https://youtu.be/z1wuAjHuN9M FYI This is Part 2 of my How To Rap Like Cal Scruby series. In part one I broke down his rap flow which you can check out here. I also reproduced the instrumental and put my own twist to it. If you like this instrumental, it's called "Bounty Hunter" and … [Read more...] about How To Rap Like Cal Scruby Cigarette Break – Part 2: Rhymes
Today I’m going to be breaking down the rap flow of a song entitled “Cigarette Break” which is featured on a new album called “While You Were Sleeping” by Cal Scruby who is a very talented up-and-coming rapper from Ohio. I hope this serves as a great teaching tool for up-and-coming rappers and if you’re already a fan of Cal then perhaps this may even cause you to have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into his songs. So without further ado… LET’S GET IT!! https://youtu.be/OwrQCU-wVqA RAP FLOW First off, in order to keep things … [Read more...] about How To Rap Like Cal Scruby Cigarette Break – Part 1: Rap Flow
If you’re a rapper that’s struggling to get your instrumental to loop perfectly in your DAW then stay tuned because today I’m going to show you how you can pull this off in 3 easy steps. So without further ado… LET’S GET IT!! https://youtu.be/U18V6z0eut4 FEATURED INSTRUMENTAL For this lesson I'm using an instrumental I produced called "Bounty Hunter" which is available on my beat store. WHY IS LOOPING HELPFUL? Songwriting Looping sections of a song during songwriting allows you to focus on specific areas without having to constantly adjust the music players … [Read more...] about How To Loop Hip Hop Instrumentals In A DAW Perfectly!
Do you feel like your raps sometimes sound a little…” samey”, or just a little too predictable and uninteresting mainly? If so, then this is the perfect video, for you to grow, so take a seat. Because today I’m going to show you 3, techniques, that require you to get offbeat, in order to make your raps sound even more unique. So without further ado… LET’S GET IT!!! https://youtu.be/3Y8lVyCvlbc FUNDAMENTALS When I’m coaching beginner rappers I always emphasize the importance of ear training and being able to stay on beat. But once they have that rock-solid rhythmic foundation I will … [Read more...] about Make Your Raps Sounds Better By Getting Off Beat
It’s important not to spend too much time writing your rap songs. Because, the more time you spend the more likely it is that you will lose inspiration as well as focus, which may cause you to give up on your song altogether. In today's lesson, I’m going to be sharing with you 5 hacks that will allow you to write your rap songs faster so that you can complete your songs efficiently and have more fun in the process! So without further ado… LET’S GET IT!!! https://youtu.be/4wzMdl7TtG0 PLAN Most rappers make the mistake of allowing their rhyme schemes to dictate the direction of their … [Read more...] about How To Write Rap Songs Faster
Are you a rapper that struggles to rap over parts of the instrumental that doesn’t have drums? If so, stop beating yourself up about it because you’re not alone! Today I’m going to be sharing with you 3 of my favorite techniques that I’ve used to help many of my students that I’ve coached privately throughout the years, overcome this very issue and I know if you apply these techniques, it’s going to help you too! So without further ado…. LET’S GET IT!!! Before we dive in, In case you missed it, I just wanted to let you know that I created another video tutorial which goes with this one, … [Read more...] about How To Rap On Beat Without Drums