https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDIyV73qaQA Wanna Stand Out? When you are learning how to rap one thing that will make you stand out from most of your colleagues is learning how to add character to your cadence. In my previous article "Cadence Explained" I broke down what cadence is along with a live demonstration of how I practice my cadences in the studio. Now, let's go just a little deeper and discuss how you can add more character to your cadence. What's The Goal? I would like to submit to you a theory that in art, perfection is not the goal but is rather creating something that is … [Read more...] about How To Rap: Adding Character To Cadence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hoqNao8vz8 What Are Spot Stacks? Another very important recording technique to understand when you are learning how to rap is something called spot stacks. In my previous article, I explained what stacks are. Spot stacks are very similar to stacks but instead of them consisting of a whole copy of your main vocal they only feature certain parts. Why Spot Stacks? Spot stacks are typically used to highlight specific parts of your main vocal recording. This could be needed for several reasons. Perhaps you were running out of breath on your main recording and … [Read more...] about Recording Rap Vocals: Spot Stacks Explained
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?
How This Cheap $10 Dollar Mic Catapulted Me To New HeightsYou've got to start somewhere I recently was going through some of my old data cd's that I had burned to keep backups of from back in the day. I came across this one particular cd that had some of my very first recordings on it! Talk about going back in time! As I began listening to them isolated in my studio with no one else around I was overcome with embarrassment due to how terrible they sounded. The recordings were distorted because I recorded to loud, The volume of the vocals was inconsistent due to me moving around while … [Read more...] about How This Cheap $10 Dollar Mic Catapulted Me To New Heights
Examples of Investments When you think of the word investment the first thing that comes to most of our minds is taking money and putting it in CD's or buying a franchise or flipping a house. Or in the music world Rappers may consider it to be paying for studio time & services to lay down our rap vocals, buying our favorite hip-hop instrumentals, getting album cover art made in hopes of creating a product to make a profit off of. While those all can definitely be really good investments that can lead to substantial amounts of return I propose that money is not the only investment that … [Read more...] about Rappers Greatest Investment