Once I got decent at rapping I still couldn't write a good rap hook to save my life! Writing hooks for my rap songs was something I struggled with for many years and it's very common for the majority of budding rappers to find themselves struggling with writing hooks as well. Well now, writing hooks has become one of my strengths and within this article, I'll be sharing with you my top 5 tips to help you overcome this obstacle as well. LET'S GET IT!! 1. The Instrumental You must first pick an instrumental that you not only think sounds good, but it must move you emotionally. Sometimes … [Read more...] about My Top 5 Tips For Writing Dope Rap Hooks
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Picture this for a moment. The legendary guitar player, Jimi Hendrix is on stage with his band. The drummer starts banging away at the drums as he creates a funky groove on the spot. Jimi is feeling it, so he joins in and he absolutely starts killing it on the Guitar! None of it was pre-planned, it was all happening live and in the moment and it seemed like magic! How Is This Possible? What they both were doing is something known as "improvisation". Which basically means they were drawing from all the thousands of patterns they had already learned on their instruments and they were using … [Read more...] about The Best 3 Ways To Improve Your Rap Flow With Scatting
Often times we as rappers strive for perfection. This could mean landing on all the beats perfectly or having our rhyme schemes line up seamlessly from one bar to the next. While this is awesome and important It isn't the determining factor that dictates if your song turns out amazing. In this article, I'm going to be sharing with you how you can add more character to your songs. So without further ado, LET'S GET IT!! The Goal In music and many other art forms perfection really isn't the main goal. It's really all about feeling, vibe, character, groove, and emotion. Plus perfection is … [Read more...] about How To Perfect Your Rap Songs Without Being Perfect!
Over the past 4 years, I've had the opportunity to speak with thousands of struggling rappers and I've been honored to see so many people grow their skills very quickly! But I've also seen many people continue to struggle and not see much improvement. Why is that? How come some are getting awesome results and others aren't? It must be because one person is just more talented than the other right?...WRONG! It's really all about learning how to learn. Over the years I've noticed a trend in the patterns of both types of people and I'd like to share some of them with you today and hopefully, … [Read more...] about The Top 4 Reasons Rappers Struggle To Improve Their Rap Skills
Sometimes, writing a rap song can feel like a daunting task and seemingly take forever! Just think about this for a moment. Rap songs typically contain the most lyrics and rhymes in comparison to any other genres of music. Simply put, our lyrical content is much denser and therefore requires more work from us from strictly a songwriting perspective. Within this article, I'm going to share one major hack to help you finish your rap songs faster! Let's get straight to it! Fresh Perspective One major downside to spending a lot of time writing a rap song is that we lose what I like to … [Read more...] about How To Finish Your Rap Songs Faster
Songwriting is a skill in and of its self, apart from rapping. And there are a lot of techniques that go into it as well. But within this article, I'm going to discuss what I believe to be one of the most difficult parts about writing rap songs and I'll provide with you some insight on how to get past it. Under Pressure A lot of us rappers put a tremendous amount of unnecessary pressure on ourselves when it comes to songwriting. Even though it's typically just us, by ourselves, in a room working on music. We allow our psyche to be flooded with all these questions and doubts such … [Read more...] about The Most Difficult Part Of Writing Rap Songs
Have you recently embarked on your musical journey in hopes of one day becoming a "Rap God"? Just like any other trip you may take, you're probably wondering how long it's going to take you to reach your destination. Well, after reading this article you will certainly have a better understanding of how long it actually takes to get good at rapping. Let's get straight to it! What's Happening? I have been personally training and developing rappers 1 on 1 via my coaching service for the past 3 years and I've certainly noticed that some of my students grow faster than others. As a … [Read more...] about How Long Does It Take To Get Good At Rapping?
Today I'd like to share with you a very practical way of not only improving your rap freestyles but your songwriting as well using something called Rhyme lists. As the name implies, Rhyme Lists are simply a list of rhymes. The Struggle If you're freestyling off the dome your biggest struggle is going to be coming up with rhymes quickly before your bar runs out. In fact, while you're rapping one bar you should already be thinking of the word you're going to rhyme with it on the next bar. That Guy We've all heard that guy freestyling who keeps using the same words over and over … [Read more...] about How To Improve Your Rap Freestyles With Rhyme Lists
So you've been working hard on improving your rap skills in the privacy of your bedroom. But at what point should you step out and share your talent with the outside world? And how can you get rid of your fear of rapping in front of others before doing so? I'll be sure to cover all of that within this article so LET'S GET IT! Are You Ready? First things first. Before you start putting yourself out there you should spend some time developing your rap skills. You don't have to "master" the art of rapping first but you should at least be decent at rapping already. If you're not sure if … [Read more...] about Building Up The Confidence To Rap In Front Of Others
If you've ever found yourself trying to rap over a "Trap" style instrumental you may have difficulty figuring out where the beats are landing at first. This is because the instrumental was likely produced in double time. In this lesson, I'll be breaking down what double time is and how it can influence your approach to writing your rap songs. So without further ado... LET'S GET IT!!! Double Time And Trap Beats Explained https://youtu.be/r5WjzkPkwdA Normal Time Now if you've watched any of my previous video lessons you've seen me break down normal time at nauseam. But if you happened to … [Read more...] about Double Time And Trap Beats Explained