How To Begin Writing A Rap Verse using 6 Techniques (with examples)



How To Begin Writing A Rap Verse 

In today’s video, I’m going to show you how to begin writing a rap verse using 6 different techniques.

To get started it’s important to note that if your verse is going to be a part of a full song then I recommend you do 3 things for your song before you write your verse.

1 Brainstorm

2 Storyboard

3 Write the hook

I’ve already done a video called “How to begin writing rap songs” which explains why I approach songwriting this way and it will walk you through the brainstorming and storyboarding process

I’ve also done a video that shows you 3 easy ways to write dope rap hooks 

How To Begin Writing A Rap Verse Using 6 Approaches

And each of the 6 techniques I’m about to share with you, I’m also going to provide you with links to songs that use them.

And the instrumental I’m using today is a beat that I produced called Fairy Tails. If you like this beat I’ll post a link to it along with everything else I just mentioned in the video’s description below.


1 ASK A QUESTION

Now the 1st technique I’d like to share with you to begin writing a rap verse is by simply asking a question.

EXAMPLE 1

What rapper do you know whose skills is fresh as mine?

Peeled right off the vine Zip Locked sealed with precious lines 

EXAMPLE 2

What’s the point of falling in love with someone who already fell?

Should you tell them if their hearts already with someone else?

EXAMPLE 3

Why’s the media trying to pin us against one another?

A house divided can’t stand, y’all my sisters and brothers.

SONG EXAMPLE: “I’m Shady” by Eminem


2 MAKE A STATEMENT

Another effective technique you can use to begin writing a rap verse is by making a statement or claim that you can expound upon in the song. This could be your opinion about something, your favorite or least favorite thing about something. Or you could be just expressing something personal you’ve gone through.

EXAMPLE 1

Y’all can hate all you want but I’m never stopping my grind

I don’t do this for you, Homie I do this for mine

EXAMPLE 2

Only a weak-minded person’s jealous of another’s success

cause they view all their wins through the lens of regret

EXAMPLE 3

I love the fact that over half of my competition they can’t even rap

They don’t know snares from hi-hat’s and that aint even cap

SONG EXAMPLE: “Slippin” by DMX


3 EXPRESS HOW YOU FEEL

Another approach to begin writing a rap verse is to state how you feel about something. You could express how you’re tired, upset, confused, happy, nervous, excited, etc.

EXAMPLE 1

I feel like my heart’s been ripped out my chest and stomped into the dirt

And trampled upon by elephants,  the extent of my hurt

EXAMPLE 2

I’m tired of working these dead-end jobs for minimum wage I’m enraged 

and wanna punch my boss in the nuts like Johnny Cage

EXAMPLE 3

I’m so high off of joy that I’m afraid to come down

Cause I may never reach this altitude again in the clouds

SONG EXAMPLE: “Rock Bottom” by EMINEM


4 ESTABLISH TIME AND LOCATION

Another cool approach to writing a rap verse is by stating the time, year, or location of where your song is taking place. This works particularly well for storytelling-type songs.

EXAMPLE 1

It was 96 in the backwoods of Georgia, 

Newports in my pocket, bottle rockets off tha porch 

EXAMPLE 2

It’s 12 o clock at night, it’s very scary, riding with a girl named Marry, 

it’s very Jerry Springer, trust me you’ll tell me

EXAMPLE 3

I lace my boots up in the morning before I go off to work

just to earn some crumbs from my dumb boss who’s just a jerk.

SONG EXAMPLE: “Regulate” by Warren G ft. Nate Dogg


5 BEGIN TO DESCRIBE A SITUATION

Another great way to begin writing a rap verse is to begin telling the listener about a situation you or someone else has found themselves in.

EXAMPLE 1

I’m so broke that I can’t even pay attention 

plus the repo man is threatening to come pay me a visit

EXAMPLE 2

This is the first time I’ve loved a girl with my all. 

I just hope it’s mutual and she catches me if I fall

EXAMPLE 3

My parents said they kicking me out, if I don’t get me a job. 

They only gave me 2 weeks, for me to beat all the odds.

SONG EXAMPLE: “How’s it Goin’ Down” DMX ft, Faith Evans


6 START A CONVERSATION

And the 6th way to begin writing a rap verse is to start a conversation by beginning to speak to a person, place, or thing. You don’t have to immediately call the person or object by their name or title. The conversation doesn’t have to go back and forth either, it can be one way.

(this could be about someone you were dating or it could be about an object such as drugs, or even a crappy gym membership that you purchased. lol!)

EXAMPLE 1

You don’t have a clue to all that you’ve put me through. 

All the time and tha money I spent that’s wasted on you. 

EXAMPLE 2

Hey Mom, I’m sorry for all the stress that I caused you, 

all the times I kept you waiting up and never called you

EXAMPLE 3

It seems like yesterday when we was both on the phone

Talking about hanging out, I can’t believe that you gone

SONG EXAMPLE: “I Miss You” By DMX  ft. Faith Evans


And I’m curious to know, out of all the 6 techniques I shared today, is there one that you’ve never used before? If so which one? Also, is there a technique you like to use to begin writing a rap verse that I didn’t cover in this video? If so, share it with the community in the comments section below!

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