One question that I've gotten a lot throughout the years goes a little something like this... "Cole, what do you feel makes a dope rap song?". This is a big question with a lot of nuances so in this video I will try my best to simplify what I think matters most when trying to judge whether a rap song is dope or not. I hope this helps guide you as you continue to write your rap songs! LET'S GET IT!!! https://youtu.be/2kesCodZ-k4 … [Read more...] about What Makes A Dope Rap Song?
I routinely say at the end of each of my videos "And remember, when it comes to rapping, there's no rules, there's only techniques". Now please allow me to seemingly contradict myself for just a moment. If I were to tell you that there was one rule it would be this... "Always...and I mean always... follow... the inspiration". https://youtu.be/LEd71cK5eKA You see if you always follow the inspiration you will be much freer throughout the creative process. I've found that the creative process is very much about getting out of your own way. If you follow the inspiration then you … [Read more...] about The Only Rule Rappers Should Follow
Over the years I’ve had many people ask me if they’re too old to be rapping. Perhaps you have wondered the same thing as well. In this week's video I will be explaining the different reasons people tend to worry about this, and the 3 key questions any rapper of age must ask and answer for themselves before moving any further! Even if you’re a younger rapper this video is still a must watch as you will learn a lot of valuable information from it! https://youtu.be/gzTe8dS4H2w 👇Articles Mentioned In This Video👇 Demystifying Marketing And Promotion For Rappers Poor Mans Recording … [Read more...] about Are You Too Old To Rap?
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering how you can make music that everyone is going to love then I think you will find the perspective and advice that I share in this video helpful as well as encouraging. LET’S GET IT!! https://youtu.be/_kXQnP9aq-4 … [Read more...] about Making Music That Everyone Will Love!
In today's video I attempt to answer the age-old question... "Why are wack rappers getting famous?". I've found that in many cases this question derives from one of several common misconceptions. Let's take a look at each of them and see what we can learn from them! https://youtu.be/AN_IR-vkdL0 … [Read more...] about Why Wack Rappers Are Getting Famous
What should you rap about? What do people want to hear? Are people going to think it's lame and form an organization to build awareness about how much your music sucks? CHASING MIRAGES Many of us rappers have this inner talk taking place when we're trying to write songs and it's like a creative paralysis that handicaps us from creating anything at all. We put so much pressure on ourselves to write songs that the whole world is going to embrace but guess what? You're chasing a mirage! ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL! The truth is that your music will never be for everyone so just accept it … [Read more...] about The Reason Why Everyone’s Opinion About Your Music Doesn’t Matter
Often times we as rappers strive for perfection. This could mean landing on all the beats perfectly or having our rhyme schemes line up seamlessly from one bar to the next. While this is awesome and important It isn't the determining factor that dictates if your song turns out amazing. In this article, I'm going to be sharing with you how you can add more character to your songs. So without further ado, LET'S GET IT!! The Goal In music and many other art forms perfection really isn't the main goal. It's really all about feeling, vibe, character, groove, and emotion. Plus perfection is … [Read more...] about How To Perfect Your Rap Songs Without Being Perfect!
Over the past 4 years, I've had the opportunity to speak with thousands of struggling rappers and I've been honored to see so many people grow their skills very quickly! But I've also seen many people continue to struggle and not see much improvement. Why is that? How come some are getting awesome results and others aren't? It must be because one person is just more talented than the other right?...WRONG! It's really all about learning how to learn. Over the years I've noticed a trend in the patterns of both types of people and I'd like to share some of them with you today and hopefully, … [Read more...] about The Top 4 Reasons Rappers Struggle To Improve Their Rap Skills
How exciting would it be to find someone who was willing to invest $150k in your rap music career? That would pretty freakin awesome, wouldn't it!?! Well within this article I'm going to be explaining how you can potentially make that happen. There's a lot to cover so without further ado, LET'S GET IT!!! Investors, Lenders, And Donors Before we start chewing into this topic we need to first establish the meaning of three keywords; investors, lenders, and donors. Investors: a person or organization that puts money into financial schemes, property, etc. with the expectation of achieving … [Read more...] about How To Find Investors For Your Rap Music Career
Songwriting is a skill in and of its self, apart from rapping. And there are a lot of techniques that go into it as well. But within this article, I'm going to discuss what I believe to be one of the most difficult parts about writing rap songs and I'll provide you with some insight on how to get past it. Under Pressure A lot of us rappers put a tremendous amount of unnecessary pressure on ourselves when it comes to songwriting. Even though it's typically just us, by ourselves, in a room working on music. We allow our psyche to be flooded with all these questions and doubts such … [Read more...] about The Most Difficult Part Of Writing Rap Songs