A common obstacle many artists face when learning how to rap is not knowing where to place verses and hooks due to a lack of understanding about song structure. In this article I will break down what song structure is and show you how to process all of the information that the instrumental is giving you. https://youtu.be/i77CRLPC3Dg What's Song Structure? Now we previously looked into what structured lyrics are. Now lets define what song structure means. Song Structure is the order or pattern in which sections of the song such as verses, hooks & bridges are presented and or repeated. … [Read more...] about How To Rap: Song Structure
https://youtu.be/T-rOzMMqwUU One of the most common issues I see up and coming rappers face who are learning how to rap is not having structured lyrics. In this article I will explain what structured lyrics are, why they are important and how you can ensure your lyrics are structured from here on out. The Importance Of Structured Lyrics So let's start off with what the word structure means in the first place. Structure: coherent form or organization. let's also take a gander at the word "Coherent". Coherent: logical and well-organized : easy to understand. able to talk or express … [Read more...] about How To Rap: Structuring Lyrics
http://youtu.be/-EcQjGa0ZgU We Have A Winner! I am very excited to announce that Mz Wild won the first how to rap cadence contest. And as promised in my previous video I have made a video which shines the spot light on her as I take her cadences under the microscope and dissect them. In this video I load Mz Wilds cadence recording into FL Studio and then program hi hats to line up with her cadence. Once this has been established I then take out my handy dandy notepad and translate her cadence into lyrics. Why Mz Wild? There is several reasons why Mz Wild won this contest. Not only did she … [Read more...] about How To Rap To Mz Wilds Cadence
There is no doubt that over the years mainstream hip-hop has become a lot less focused on lyricism. One of the most common questions you hear asked by radio personalities when interviewing rappers is what are their thoughts on the current state of hip-hop. I have taken it upon myself to create a top ten list of the best rappers that are currently making music as of 2014. This of course is subjective to my own personal preference and is simply my opinion. Please weigh in on who you think are the doppest emcees that are currently releasing music in the comments section below. This list is in no … [Read more...] about Top 10 Best Rappers Currently Making Music
Before I disclose which artist released the first rap song I gotta set it up some quick rap history for you. See before there were rap songs there was emcee's. An emcee's job was to be the voice of the party while the DJ focused on spinning records. Emcees would recognize special guests at the parties, make announcements, and often would spit short freestyles about what was going on at the party. Coke La Rock is known for being the first rapper to ever spit rhymes after teaming up with DJ Kool Herc in 1973 and both are recognized as the original founding fathers of Hip Hop. Rap music was … [Read more...] about Was The First Rap Song Really Rappers Delight?
Rap music is undeniably one of the most popular music genres to date but how well do you know the history of rap? Join me as I take a stroll down memory lane and revisit the origins of what we know today as Hip-Hop. What does rapping mean? Rap is actually a very old word. You can find the term popping up as early as the 15th and 16th century in Britain. Initially the word rap meant to strike or to hit. A few centuries later a slight variation of this definition appeared which meant to speak or talk. In America around the 1960’s it began to pop up in the black community and was used as a … [Read more...] about History of Rap – The True Origins of Rap Music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk8UzNAeOVM Your Words Are Drums In previous installments of Be A Better Rapper now we have been discussing What Is Rap? How To Hack The Beat & How To Establish Rhythm by trying on the beat. If you haven't already read those you may want to check them out first before reading any further. We previously learned that mumbling gibberish can get your creative juices flowing and allow you to get some ideas of different flows and rhythms you can establish that fit your style. So now we are going to be talking about how to begin to put words in place of those … [Read more...] about How To Write Raps: Turning Sounds Into Words
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHZVfZpgtKI How Does The Beat Fit? In this installment of Be A Better Rapper Now I discuss how to improve rap flow by establishing rhythm, I refer to this as "trying on the beat". I like to call it trying on the beat because I think of it as trying on clothes. Every beat fits you differently just as every piece of clothing does. If you are wearing skinny jeans so tight that people know how many quarters you have in your pocket it may determine what activities you partake in that day in comparison to you wearing sweat pants ya feel me? So you will need to … [Read more...] about How To Improve Rap Flow: Establishing Rhythm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEcfDQu1HsA A New Journey Begins Welcome to the first installment of a new series I just launched called "Be A Better Rapper Now!". The purpose behind this series is to share tips & tricks on how to rap that I have gathered from my past 17 years of experience. I hope you will join me on this journey as I strive to share everything I know about rapping in hopes to help people just like you improve your craft and I hope to learn from you about your creative process and techniques as well. My wRAPsheet Just to give you a brief history on my … [Read more...] about How To Rap: What Is Rapping?
Under Pressure Regardless if you are a recording artist or not in general we as people struggle with authentically being ourselves. Why is that? Could it be peer pressure, parental pressure, political or religious pressure to be something that you are truly not? Or how about a fear of rejection that may consequently leave you feeling irrelevant? Maybe you feel like you won't be accepted unless you replicate what already seems to work for others? Who Are You? Perhaps you have never taken the time to consider who you truly are. What makes you tick? What brings you joy? What gives you … [Read more...] about Dare To Be Yourself