It’s important not to spend too much time writing your rap songs. Because, the more time you spend the more likely it is that you will lose inspiration as well as focus, which may cause you to give up on your song altogether.
In today’s lesson, I’m going to be sharing with you 5 hacks that will allow you to write your rap songs faster so that you can complete your songs efficiently and have more fun in the process! So without further ado… LET’S GET IT!!!
Most rappers make the mistake of allowing their rhyme schemes to dictate the direction of their song. While this can be fun, it’s like playing Russian Roulette with songwriting. If you don’t have a clear plan then you may find yourself halfway through a song, completely stuck with no clue how to continue forward.
I like to think of songwriting like driving a car. Usually, before we jump in a car and drive off we typically know our destination, don’t we?
I like taking this same approach with songwriting.
Before you begin writing your lyrics, take at least 5-10 minutes to brainstorm and storyboard your song out. This will allow you to have a clear direction before you even begin writing lyrics which will prevent you from getting stuck.
After you plan your song out you may be tempted to begin writing verse 1. Instead, try to write the hook first. There are 3 main benefits from this approach.
- A hook is typically 8 bars and is repeated at least 3 times throughout the song. Knocking out the hook first will give you a sense of momentum that will propel you forward in the song.
- Also, if you know what the hook is, this can give your verses even more direction because you will already know what the ending of your verse will be leading up to. In other words, this will impact what you say at the end of your verses.
- Also, this will help ensure that your verses and hooks don’t overlap each other.
If you find yourself getting stuck on a rhyme scheme then consider reaching for a rhyming dictionary such as Rhyme Wave.
Also, some words will have more rhyming possibilities than others. If a Rhyming Dictionary doesn’t help, consider changing the word your rhyming to something else that has more rhyming potential.
GIVE YOURSELF A DEADLINE
Life is busy and the truth is unless you make completing your song a priority, you will never finish it because you won’t “have time”. But you have to make time! There are 7 days in a week and “one day” isn’t one of them. Give yourself a reasonable deadline on a calendar and commit to it!
USE A TIMER
Trying to complete a whole song in one day can be difficult and overwhelming for many rappers. And overwhelm will cause you to procrastinate and avoid working on your song.
Instead give yourself a reasonable time limit, 1-2 hours to work on your song on a given day. This will set clear boundaries so that there’s an end in sight. Using a timer will force you to be creative with a sense of urgency which can help you focus on what’s most important during your songwriting session.
This will prevent you from spending too much time on your songs which can lead to you getting burnt out and losing your fresh perspective.
It takes people about an average of 25 minutes to get back on task after being distracted. It’s important to eliminate as many distractions as possible not just to save time but to keep your momentum going.
Try to have your songwriting sessions during a time when you won’t be bothered by others. If your time is tight try waking up early in the morning and having your session before going to school or work.
Also, cut off your phone to prevent the temptation of checking social media or browsing the net. If you write songs on your phone then turn off your notifications or put your phone on airplane mode.
How much time do you think it takes you to write a song on average? Which one of these tips do you think will help you out the most?