If you’re a rapper that’s struggling to get your rap lyrics to sound good over an instrumental then stay tuned because I’m about to show you 3 easy techniques you can use today that will take your rap lyrics from sound like garbage to sounding like gold. What I’m showing you today is the Engineering or the “problem solving” part of being a rapper. To Learn more about all of the elements of rapping be sure to check out my lesson The 5 Pillars of Rapping. When you have an issue with your rap lyrics and the instrumental not working together you should first assess the problem so you can … [Read more...] about How To Make Your Rap Lyrics Fit Instrumentals Better
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Today I’m going to share with you one of the most common mistakes I see rappers make when recording their vocals which makes them sound like crap! The good news is this is a super easy fix that you can use right now and it won’t cost you anything! https://youtu.be/QcrCV1b9GTY THE PROBLEM So here’s the problem. Rappers scour the internet vehemently for the perfect instrumental on sites such as Airbit and Beatstars.com until they find that perfect Gem. Not this kind of “gym” or that kind of “jim”, I’m talking about this kind of “gem”. After downloading their instrumental they … [Read more...] about Why Your Rap Vocal Recordings Sound Like Crap!
Today I’m going to be breaking down the rap flow of a song entitled “Cigarette Break” which is featured on a new album called “While You Were Sleeping” by Cal Scruby who is a very talented up-and-coming rapper from Ohio. I hope this serves as a great teaching tool for up-and-coming rappers and if you’re already a fan of Cal then perhaps this may even cause you to have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into his songs. So without further ado… LET’S GET IT!! https://youtu.be/OwrQCU-wVqA RAP FLOW First off, in order to keep things … [Read more...] about How To Rap Like Cal Scruby Cigarette Break – Part 1: Rap Flow
Do you feel like your raps sometimes sound a little…” samey”, or just a little too predictable and uninteresting mainly? If so, then this is the perfect video, for you to grow, so take a seat. Because today I’m going to show you 3, techniques, that require you to get offbeat, in order to make your raps sound even more unique. So without further ado… LET’S GET IT!!! https://youtu.be/3Y8lVyCvlbc FUNDAMENTALS When I’m coaching beginner rappers I always emphasize the importance of ear training and being able to stay on beat. But once they have that rock-solid rhythmic foundation I will … [Read more...] about Make Your Raps Sounds Better By Getting Off Beat
Are you a rapper that struggles to rap over parts of the instrumental that doesn’t have drums? If so, stop beating yourself up about it because you’re not alone! Today I’m going to be sharing with you 3 of my favorite techniques that I’ve used to help many of my students that I’ve coached privately throughout the years, overcome this very issue and I know if you apply these techniques, it’s going to help you too! So without further ado…. LET’S GET IT!!! Before we dive in, In case you missed it, I just wanted to let you know that I created another video tutorial which goes with this one, … [Read more...] about How To Rap On Beat Without Drums
Are you a rapper that’s able to stay on beat very well, but you struggle to stay on beat during parts of the instrumental where there are no drums? If that’s you then hang tight because today I’m going to show you 3 ways you can overcome this issue so that you never feel like you can only rap over certain parts of the instrumental. If you still struggle to stay on beat while drums are playing or aren’t even sure what the heck beats are to “stay on” then be sure to watch my video lesson called Establishing Rhythm Part 3 which will cover all the basics you will need before applying the … [Read more...] about Advanced Rhythm Techniques For Rappers: PART 1
One very powerful way that you can improve your rap skills is by studying other rappers! This is a fun way to ensure that you’re always improving while also staying inspired throughout the entire process of developing as a rapper! And in today’s lesson, I’m going to be showing you exactly how you can do it and sharing 5 things you should be listening for when studying your favorite rappers. So without further ado...LET’S GET IT!! https://youtu.be/jwV5RbTpwwY The Elephant In The Room Some people think you shouldn’t be influenced by other rappers because they think it helps you preserve … [Read more...] about 5 Ways To Study Your Favorite Rappers
One question that I've gotten a lot throughout the years goes a little something like this... "Cole, what do you feel makes a dope rap song?". This is a big question with a lot of nuances so in this video I will try my best to simplify what I think matters most when trying to judge whether a rap song is dope or not. I hope this helps guide you as you continue to write your rap songs! LET'S GET IT!!! https://youtu.be/2kesCodZ-k4 … [Read more...] about What Makes A Dope Rap Song?
I routinely say at the end of each of my videos "And remember, when it comes to rapping, there's no rules, there's only techniques". Now please allow me to seemingly contradict myself for just a moment. If I were to tell you that there was one rule it would be this... "Always...and I mean always... follow... the inspiration". https://youtu.be/LEd71cK5eKA You see if you always follow the inspiration you will be much freer throughout the creative process. I've found that the creative process is very much about getting out of your own way. If you follow the inspiration then you … [Read more...] about The Only Rule Rappers Should Follow
Most people don’t realize that there are different mechanisms that make rapping work! You see, when you hear someone rapping you may perceive it as one thing but you're actually hearing 5 things working at the same time. I like to refer to these as the 5 pillars of rapping. Each pillar requires a different set of skills that you must master. And there’s an order to learning them because each pillar supports the next pillar. It’s very much like building a house because a house is only as solid as the foundation that it’s built upon. https://youtu.be/ugREy5Xr4tA (Lyrics used for this … [Read more...] about The 5 Pillars of Rapping – How Rapping Really Works!