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!
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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
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
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
Are you a rapper that’s able to stay on beat very well, but you struggle to stay on beat during parts of the instrumental where there are no drums? If that’s you then hang tight because today I’m going to show you 3 ways you can overcome this issue so that you never feel like you can only rap over certain parts of the instrumental. If you still struggle to stay on beat while drums are playing or aren’t even sure what the heck beats are to “stay on” then be sure to watch my video lesson called Establishing Rhythm Part 3 which will cover all the basics you will need before applying the … [Read more...] about Advanced Rhythm Techniques For Rappers: PART 1
Are you a rapper who’s begun to record yourself and you’ve been using the technique known as “punching in” but you’re not happy with the results that you’ve been getting? For example, it sounds obvious that you’re punching in because your recordings don’t sound the same. Well if so, then this video is for you. I’m about to share with you 3 of the best techniques for punching in your rap vocals so that your recordings sound professional and the listener will never even know that you ever punched in. And if you're a rapper that doesn’t even know what punching in is, then make sure you … [Read more...] about How To Punch-In Rap Vocals Like A Pro!
If you’re a rapper who feels like your rhymes are pretty good but your lyrics are still lacking that extra power that they need to really move the listener then you may want to consider using punchlines. In today's lessons, you’re going to learn what punchlines are and 5 of the most effective techniques that rappers use to create punchlines that hit harder than Chris Brown did Rihanna. LET’S GET IT!! https://youtu.be/_k0JJsAstpU LESSON NOTES WHAT IS A PUNCHLINE? A punchline is simply a line or phrase that has a heavy emotional impact on the listener. In Hip-Hop Punchlines are often … [Read more...] about How To Write Rap Punchlines
If you feel like your raps are coming off as sounding amateur or lacking that extra flair that’s needed to really impress your listeners then it could be due to not fully harnessing the power of Rhyming! In today's video lesson, I’m going to be giving you 5 very practical but powerful tips that will help you improve your rhyming skills so that you can make your raps sound more catchy which will keep your listeners locked into your song the entire time and will leave them wanting more! https://youtu.be/vN_kjq7Jzwc LESSON OUTLINE What are Rhymes? A literary device that uses the … [Read more...] about 5 Ways Rappers Can Improve Rhyme Skills