We've all experienced that moment when you attempt to write a song but "The Force" just isn't with you! Regardless if you're struggling to get your song started or are having difficulties staying on topic throughout the songwriting process using this simple Storyboard technique will prove to be an invaluable asset. Let's get straight to it, shall we? The picture below is a realistic example of how I use storyboards. I'll expound on each step so that you understand my thought process within each section. Music That Moves This is the first step. It's important to pick an instrumental … [Read more...] about How To Write A Rap Song Using Storyboards
Today I'm going to share something with you that will not only make you a better rapper but it will make you an outstanding entertainer! This "thing" I'm talking about is called "The 4 Bar Theory" and it doesn't just apply to rapping but it's also useful in songwriting, music production, and mixing as well. The 4 Bar Theory is simple. 4 bars isn't too long nor is it too short. If you can create a payoff for your listener every 4 bars you will have them locked in because your song will be highly entertaining! Let's take a quick look at the word "entertainment". To entertain means to … [Read more...] about The Four Bar Theory – How To Keep Your Listeners Hooked!
Sign Yourself To A Record Label In this very special Christmas hangout on Blab I decided to speak and encourage my fellow rappers on why they should sign themselves to a record label. This might seem like an odd thing to say at first but after you hear the context of my message I think it will make a lot of sense to you. I also went on to encourage everyone to start thinking like business owners and investors opposed to just thinking about being employed or self employed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luRvvSZ4nTE As the year of 2015 is coming to a close I really wanted to give my … [Read more...] about Sign Yourself To A Record Label – Christmas Hangout
Last week I was scheduled to do an interview on Blab with Oz from Excel TV. I got the the word out to all my students and invited them to join me and participate in the interview. However I ran into some technical difficulties when sending them the follow up e-mail which included the link to join the interview :( So in order to make it up to them I decided to host my very own Blab last Sunday just for them. I wanted to share the stage with them and allow every one an opportunity to come on and share who they are, where they're from, what they're working on and even spit some rhymes if they'd … [Read more...] about Rap Coach Cole Mize Hangs Out With Students
The Inner Voice As creatives, many of us share certain defining moments during the infancy of our musical journey which validates that inner voice that's prompting us to share our creations with the world. 9/11/01 is one of those days that is burned into our minds forever. We remember where we were at and what we were doing the moment we heard that tragic news about the Twin Towers. However 9/11/02 will forever be impressed in my mind as well as it marks the day I received the ultimate validation as a rapper. A New Era Emerges During this time the recording industry was on the brink of … [Read more...] about My Most Memorable Rapping Performance
http://youtu.be/doddLR5kXVo Years Of Procrastination For the past three years I have wanted to make some kind of special Christmas rap video for all my good people out there. Well guess what? This year I finally did it! Consider this my official Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you! I feel like this video represents who I am as a person very well. It's upbeat, funny, serious, deep, sincere and imperfect. Scrooge It Normally I would not have done this video because it was last minute and I didn't have professional video equipment to work with. In fact that's the same reason I didn't … [Read more...] about Christmas Rap Music Video – Cole Mize
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDHuK5h5Cbs As you may already know I have recently started using this blog to teach people how to rap. I am constantly trying to improve my craft and one thing I recently started doing was making short 15 second freestyle rap videos on my instagram. Above you will see a video I put together which features all my freestyle videos from the past two months. This has been a good exercise for me personally. I have noticed that since doing so I have gotten better at thinking up stuff on the spot. Which is essentially what we all do when we sit down to write a … [Read more...] about Freestyle Rap Video – Cole Mize – Sep 05 – Oct 17