As you may already know I have recently started using this blog to teach people how to rap. I am constantly trying to improve my craft and one thing I recently started doing was making short 15 second freestyle rap videos on my instagram. Above you will see a video I put together which features all my freestyle videos from the past two months.
This has been a good exercise for me personally. I have noticed that since doing so I have gotten better at thinking up stuff on the spot. Which is essentially what we all do when we sit down to write a rhyme. Some of these freestyles are straight on the spot recordings. On the other hand some of them I came up with while I was working my part time morning job with my dad slangin Little Debbies lol it’s a sweet gig!
My Biggest Accomplishment
The biggest accomplishment I have achieved during the past two months of doing these videos is not even necessarily rap related. It’s simply reaching a goal of consistency. It’s very easy to form bad habits but it takes far more discipline to form good ones. In order for you to see results in whatever it is that you are doing you must be consistent.
Efficiency Is Key
Like I stated earlier, the main reason I have been doing these videos is to form a rap exercise if you will. One of my goals of personal development as an artist is to get better at freestyling. Not necessarily to show off or for entertainment purposes but to help me be more efficient as a writer. I am more of a lyrical writer and I use a lot of word play coupled with complex rhyme schemes. But honestly I spend hours on my verses and it can become cumbersome.
Don’t Kill The Vibe
One thing I feel that is important when making music is to keep your vibe. Music is all about emotion and if you loose it during the creation process it can dramatically effect the finished product in a negative way. Plus you should never loose sight of why we all make music in the first place, enjoyment! So my major goal of stepping my freestyle game up is to make my music creation process more enjoyable for me personally.
What are some of your personal development goals? Do you feel that freestyling is important? why or why not? Please drop your 2 cents in the comment section below. I would love to hear your thoughts. Until next time I wish you the best as we all strive together to be a better rapper now.