Demystifying How To Rap Fast
When you are first attempting to learn how to rap fast it can seem very difficult and somewhat mysterious. But the truth is that it isn’t once you understand the fundamentals of what rapping fast actual is. In this article I will break everything down and keep it straight to the point. Let’s Get It!!!
Now the real trick to learning how to rap fast is having a clear understanding of how we pronounce words along with the syllables which make them up. Most languages consist of two types of sounds which are vowels and consonants.
When you pronounce vowels your breath flows freely throughout your mouth without any interruptions. Only five of the 26 letters in the alphabet are vowels A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y is considered to be a vowel because it can sound like other vowels. For example in the word sky the Y actually sounds like an I and in the word baby the Y sounds like an E.
When you pronounce consonants your air flow is interrupted or limited by the position of your teeth, lips, or tongue. 21 of the 26 letters in the alphabet are consonants B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, W, X, Y, Z. Most consonant letters have only one sound and rarely sound like their name.
Stressed & Unstressed
There are two main types of syllables and words which are stressed and unstressed. Stressed means that you put more emphasis on those syllables or words by sustaining it longer and saying it louder.
Some words are spelled exactly the same but have different meanings depending on how you stress their syllables. For example if you stressed the first syllable in the word present like PREsent then it means “a gift” but if you stress the second syllable like preSENT then it means “to show or demonstrate”. If you are unsure of which syllables in a word is stressed you can reference to a dictionary and typically the syllable that is bold is the one that is stressed for example Steady [sted-ee]
Most words that have only one syllable are usually none stressed syllables. However the word can be stressed depending on the way you wish to use it. Also there are some words that have multiple syllables which aren’t stressed such as careful [kair-fuh l]
Here is an example of how one sentence can have two different meanings based on if words are stressed or not. “Chris went to the studio yesterday.” This sentence is stating an absolute fact. “Chris went to the studio yesterday?” This sentence is asking a question because of the way “yesterday” is stressed.
The main trick to rapping fast is creating a healthy balance of consonants and vowels along with stressed and unstressed words and syllables. Your consonants and vowels is your sound and your stressed and unstressed words and syllables determine your speed and volume level.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “it rolls off your tongue” which basically means that the selection of words within a sentence uses a healthy balance of vowels, consonances, stressed and unstressed words and syllables which allows your mouth to more easily make transitions from one syllable to the next. For example “bet-ter watch out what you think” uses B,T,W,O,W,Y,T. But the sentence would be much more difficult to say if it read “bet-ter bring back my blue base-ball bat” which uses B,T,B,B,M,B,B,B,B.
Here is a diagram of a healthy selection of syllables that most people could say fairly fast. The large red words and letters represent stresses and at the end of each line is a syllable count. Notice how the stresses are spread out and usually have at least two unstressed words or syllables between them with only a few exceptions. Also study the variety of vowels and consonants used which don’t overload the mouth by putting the same sounds to close together.
Better watch out what you think never know what happened exactly inside/
metaphysics or is it a cryptic monolithic caskets of lies/
Half of the movies and music influence the ruin of prudent developing minds/
let it be known that I’m steadily gone to be careful about how I’m wasting my time/
Exercises To Help You Rap Fast
If you find it difficult to say these lyrics fast break them down into small sections and practice them repetitively. This will allow you to memorize them so you’re not restricted by the speed of your reading. This will also improve the muscle memory in your mouth which will make it easier to say the lyrics the more you practice them.
Lip Trill & Bubble
Also try doing a vocal warm up called “Lip Trill” which is also know as “Bubble” to loosen up your vocals. Imagine you’re swimming and submerge your head underwater and start blowing air through your lips and it makes that “BrBrBrBr” sound as the bubbles are made. Lip Trill is doing that without the water. Just relax your lips together and start blowing air through your mouth while using the muscles in your diaphragm. Make sure that your lips aren’t pressed together but are gently relaxed against one another.
As enough air passes in between your lips they will start vibrating and making the “BrBrBrBr” sound. If you are having trouble making your lips vibrate take your two index fingers and place one of them gently on each side of your lips while blowing air. Once you get this down pat try adding humming to the equation. Lip Trill’s are a great exercise to warm up and strengthen your vocals while also loosening up your lips.
How Did I Do?
I hope that you found these tips helpful. Please let me know if it was and if you have any questions, comments, or feedback please drop your 2 cents in the comments section below. Cheers to being a better rapper now!
Awesome job! I like the way you communicate with your viewers.
Thanks David! I’m really glad you enjoyed this lesson and I greatly appreciate your positive feedback! Much love and respect! 🙂 -Cole Mize
Cole I’d like you to break this down and explain it more please. Im having a very hard time and I heard you rap that fast so I know you know what you’re talking about
Hey DS, I broke this down pretty deeply. You may need to watch it several times to grasp everything or you may need to go back and watch other videos that are breaking down more of the basics to rap. Check out my playlist here and feel free to reach out with any specific questions you have and I’ll do my best to help you 🙂 – Cole Mize
How did you come about these ideas. I find it hard to believe that this is all by experience!. You are deep and I just realized that I don’t know much about rap cause Everytime I read your article I get exposed to something completely new and unique. To me your work is classic. It has been more helpful to my rap dream. Please keep up the good work.
Thanks so much for all of your positive words BGman! I’m really glad that my content is helping you out so much! That’s what it’s all about right there!! Yes all my content is from my experience but it’s not just from my rapping experience alone but all of my overall experience I have in many different areas in my craft. Such as song writing, music theory from playing in band, production and song arrangement from being a producer, even being a mixing engineer has allowed me to explain things about rap in a deeper level. So many things you learn have universal applications in different areas and teaching rap is no exception to the rule. I’m really glad you’re enjoying everything and thanks for the encouragement! Keep up the hard work and I’ll do the same! MUCH RESPECT!!! 🙂 – Cole Mize
you are such a good communicator i hope you try more tanks
Thanks so much Emmanuel I sincerely appreciate your kind words! I’ll keep the lessons coming! Much respect! 🙂 – Cole Mize
I am having trouble understanding which syllables to stress. Please help me.
Hey Shady, just carefully watch this lesson again. I go through in detail about balancing out how many stressed you’re using as well as explain how to determine which words are stressed and which ones are not. 🙂 – Cole Mize
dude…your stuff is dope..ur a great teacher man..I know im a bit late but I’ve just watched this vid and its exactluy what I was looking for..just need to practice now and increase my vocab..thanx for making it easy to find with your tags..hope ur making lotsa dough with this stuff coz I know its hard work..we appreciate it…To everyone else reading..u have no excuses for making wack tracks now haha
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