Today I’m going to be showing you how to rap like Lil Durk on Ahhh ha
In this video, I’m going to be using an instrumental that I produced called “Midnight Drive” that’s inspired by this song. If you like this beat you can get it over on my beat store.
Let’s take a look at the first 4 bars of his 1st verse which begins at 36 seconds into his song. I’ve re-recorded the vocals and changed some words around to try and keep it family-friendly. Let’s get it!
The main thing I found interesting about Lil Durk’s rap flow is how he implements the use of early swing.
If you’re unfamiliar with what swing is, it’s when we intentionally get offbeat to give our rap flow a different feeling. There are two types of swing, late swing which makes your rap flow feel more relaxed, and early swing which makes your rap flow feel more rushed and anxious.
Lil Durk mainly uses early swing but he only uses it in short bursts. He mainly lands on beat and then applies his early swing in between the beats. So you could technically say he’s both on beat and off beat.
It may sound like I just contradicted myself but technically there are also beats within beats. If you wish to learn more about this check out my video called “Rhythm Secrets For Rappers – Beats Within Beats”
Now let’s dive a little deeper
My name is Cole Mize with colemizestudios.com where I strive to make you a better rapper now! If you’re trying to perfect your rap skills make sure you get a FREE copy of my eBook The #1 Fundamental to rapping below 👇 . And always remember, when it comes to rapping, there’s no rules, there’s only techniques! Peace!