How To Write Rap Lyrics Faster


It’s quite magical when the moment of inspiration hits you to write a song. It’s prudent to immediately start jotting down your lyrics as you’re being showered with fresh ideas that spark your creativity. But these moments don’t last forever and you must take advantage of them as much as possible while you have them. In this article, I will share a valuable technique on how to write rap lyrics faster so you can maximize your productivity during your next writing session.

Zoned Out

Have you ever been in the middle of a mentally stimulating conversation with a person? One that’s so interesting that it causes everything that’s happening around you to subside into the abyss? For that moment in time, nothing else seems to exist as you have been engulfed by the momentum of thought-provoking dialogue in which you have no inkling to be liberated and hence, content.

Dying Momentumice_cube_big_sean

But in the middle of this blissful exchange, you reach to grab a word but you draw a blank. You fumble helplessly through your memory banks and inevitably you regretfully conclude you have an empty tank. And as quickly as the conversation was sparked it loses its momentum and dies. You both quickly wrap it up as you say your goodbyes.

The Struggle Is Real!

okay, enough of the poetry lol. But we all know how frustrating it can be to have something on the tip of your tongue but just can’t seem to remember it. This is especially annoying when it’s an important moment such as a public speech or an important conversation such as a job interview.

Just think that if we have these hiccups in conversations how much more prevalent they are when we’re trying to write our rap lyrics using complex rhyme schemes! Nothing kills your creative vibe more than getting stuck which kills the momentum just like the conversation I previously mentioned.

Seizing The Moment

So if you would like to significantly reduce the time it takes you to write your rap lyrics I recommend creating something I like to refer to as Freestyle Drills aka Rhyme Lists. The concept is simple but the benefits are powerful. This will help you freestyle better, write lyrics quicker and it will also help you in your day-to-day conversations.

The Application

All you have to do is grab a notepad or if you prefer typing I highly recommend using a free tool called Evernote. And simply start creating lists of words and groups of words that rhyme together and memorize them. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.

aim, blame, brain, came, cane, claim, crane, dame, drain, fame, flame, gain, game, grain, hang, Jane, lame, lane, main, name, pain, pang, plane, rain, rang, reign, sang, same, sane, slang, tame, tang, train, vain, vane, wayne, wang, yang

To speed things up even further, I recommend using a rhyming dictionary that already has lists made for you! My favorite rhyming dictionary for rappers is called Rhyme Wave and it’s FREE!

Easy Building & MaintenanceΒ 

Notice how all the words are in alphabetical order. This makes the lists much easier to build and maintain. When I begin a new list I start with the closest letter to the front of the alphabet as possible and work my way up. So for example in the list above the first word that came to mind was “flame” then I started coming up with rhyming words starting with the letter “A” and worked my way up the alphabet.

If I were to pick a different word to begin building a list off of such as “penny” then I would try to come up with a word that rhymes that’s closest to the front of the alphabet and then work my way up. So for example

bendy, Benny, Bengy, Cindy, dingy, Denny’s, Emmy, femmie, gimme, ginny, henny, Jenny, Kimmie, lend me, Lindsay, many, mini, Mindy, minty, penny, plenty, Quincy, Remy, Scentsy, send key, simply, stingy, tempt me, tenty, then he, then me, vending, venting, Vinny, when he, when we, wimpy, windy, winning.

Increasing The Possibilities

Notice how the first list consists of one-syllable words that contain “ain” and “aim” sounds. And the second list of words is two syllables that contain variations of the “en”, “em”, and “e” sounds. And with it being two syllables I occasionally put two 1 syllable words together to get the two-syllable rhyming word effect out of them which gave me more rhyming possibilities.

Endless Potential

Just imagine how many of these lists you could create. Just pick you out a word from your head or look up a cool new one in the dictionary and start creating some lists. And as you create these lists go back over them often for memorization purposes and to add to them if you can. And the next time you write your rap lyrics you will reap the rewards!

How Did I Do?

I hope that you found this article helpful. Do you have any neat tricks that help you write faster? Have any questions or comments? I’d love to hear from you so make sure you drop your 2 cents in the comments section below.

      • Man this is something I used to do that I eventually forgot about as time passed and ive been struggling with freestyles. That’s gonna help me a lot. And I also got Stuck writing a verse the other day too this is definitely gonna come in handy. Cole your doing awesome keep it up!

        • Thanks so much for the positive feedback Chris! I’m really glad this served as a helpful reminder! Wishing you the best on your future creations. Keep up the hard work! You got this bro! πŸ™‚ – Cole Mize

    • Hey Donaven, I’m glad that you found the techniques in this article helpful! I hope they serve you greatly! If you haven’t already make sure you check out my article on How To Write A Rap Song as I think you will find it helpful as well. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Hey Ernest, I’m really glad to hear that you found this article helpful! Thanks for reading and commenting and hope these techniques serve you well! πŸ™‚

  • You are so blessed, remain blessed as you keep blessing us from your knowledge and experiences.

    Best Regards,

    • Hey Ree, like you said I’m bless to be a blessing! And all the love and support from you guys is a blessing as well! I will keep doing my best to share and help you all as much as possible! Thanks!

  • What a coincidence! I used to do something similar to that but I stopped. I found an online rhyming dictionary called rhyme zone that makes it easier to come up with the list of rhyming words. However reading over the rhymes from time to time is a good idea cause they will be programmed into the subconscious mind that way which will make it easier when writing a song.

    • Hey Triston, glad to hear that you was already hip to this and that this article was able to remind you of a powerful technique that you was already doing. Keep that mind primed and your freestyling and writing will be fine and thanks for taking the time to drop me a line even tho I’m not tryin to rhyme I find that I’m inclined sometimes subconscious in my mind πŸ™‚

  • thanks Cole this helped a great deal. but I used to use a different method and it helped just as much but it was a little more complicated. I can tell you about it just hit me up if you want to try it out or see it.

    • Hey Nichole, the email I sent once you signed up must of went to your spam folder.I just sent you another email. Let me know that you got it. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Truly grateful for the tips and the time invested. I look forward to making good use. Hope to enhance my writing but mostly gain some freestyle. Skills

    • Thanks Larae, I’m really glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying my content and finding it to be helpful. That’s what it’s all about! Keep up the hard work and if you ever have any questions let me know! πŸ™‚

      • Yea, so have a question concerning making the connection with my muisc and social media.. With there being so many ways to get exposure and share content.. My question is… For a new artist doing the work of marketing ” What Top 3 sites would be most beneficial to get exposure, and make money?

  • Dude, Cole !
    I find this technique very interesting and useful. I’ma try it out. Thanks for all your help,Bro. Peace !

    • Hey Sivram I’m glad that you are intrigued by this technique and I hope it serves you well! Let me know how it works out for you and also check out my article on how to write a rap song as well. Thanks for the positive feedback and keep up the hard work! πŸ™‚ – Cole Mize

  • Bruh it has taken me 3 days of hard work to write out a decent verse so this is gonna help a bunch many thx

  • But what if we simply search for rhymes online?They ACTUALLY have a pretty good library of rhymes.
    I guess it will decrease our own thinking power and creavity though.
    Tell me what your thoughts are on it..?
    P.S. Nice work and AWESOME SITE..

  • bruh, u know what? am going to switch the old style of mine to the e-style of yours and finish them with perfect punch lines

  • Since I have been stuck in lockdown, it seems tricly to write and complete a song. Any way out? And working on more than one song at the same time is okay or not?

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