Rap Songwriting Secrets Revealed by Rapper Cal Scruby – PART 3: Songwriting



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

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 SUB-THEME

BASKETBALL

V1 You are not a shooter I ain’t jumpin’ at your head fake, witch

V1 I feel like I’m MJ in the 10th grade

V1 How you got the gold playin’ JV? I’ll go hit the road like it’s game three

V2 I gotta follow through, locked in doin’ what I gotta do

V2 G show ’em how to go and get the alley-oop

SHOOTING

HK – You don’t carry nothing but some dead weight

V1 – You are not a shooter I ain’t jumpin’ at your head fake, witch

V2 – See my brother AD got the sticks and the 6’4″ You thought I was talkin’ ’bout Nintendo

V2 – Shooter leave a hand up like Jim Jones

V2 – G show ’em how to go and get the alley-oop

03 REPETITION

10 (TEN)

V1 You would sign a deal for like 10K

V1 I feel like I’m MJ in the 10th grade

V1 Book a show, hit a hundred C notes like who said “The boy can’t sing”, huh?

04 INSINUATION

HK – You don’t carry nothing but some dead weight

HK – Bring it to your door I can ship it to you next day

V1 – Make her bed break, leave her walkin’ like it’s leg day

V1 – Look at my belt, it’s a dead snake

V2 – See my brother AD got the sticks and the 6’4″ You thought I was talkin’ ’bout Nintendo

05 WORDPLAY

If you wish you dig deeper into the different types of word play rappers use. Be sure to check out my lesson called “How To Write Rap Punchlines That Hit Hard!”

DOUBLE ENTENDRE’S

HK – If you want smoke we can take a cigarette break

V1 – You are not a shooter I ain’t jumpin’ at your head fake, witch

V2 – Other rappers set the bar low, I don’t limbo

SIMILES

HK – It’s two sides to the whole ish like cassette tapes

HK – I can see through you like an x-ray

V1 –  Make her bed break, leave her walkin’ like it’s leg day

V1 – Layin’ low in the cut like a sensei

V1 – I feel like I’m MJ in the 10th grade

V2 – Keep it cool like pies in the window

V2 – Numbed out like ten toes off a benzo

V2 – Old boy ill like Kim Jong

V2 – Shooter leave a hand up like Jim Jones

V2 – Big bands like Bonnaroo

ONE LINER – PUNCHLINES

HK – You don’t carry nothing but some dead weight

HK – I can see through you like an x-ray

V1 – I don’t save hoes, I don’t get a red cape

V2 – Big bands like Bonnaroo

BUILT UP – PUNCHLINES

VERSE 1

You would sign a deal for like 10K

And tell the internet that you gettin’ paid

Layin’ low in the cut like a sensei

I feel like I’m MJ in the 10th grade

How you got the gold playin’ JV?

I’ll go hit the road like it’s game three

Book a show, hit a hundred C notes like who said “The boy can’t sing”, huh?

VERSE 2

See my brother AD got the sticks and the 6’4″

You thought I was talkin’ ’bout Nintendo

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