Try This Warm-Up Technique Before Writing Your Next Rap Song

Sometimes the most difficult part of writing yourย rap songs is simply starting. We are truly our worst critics which can be good for quality control but if mismanaged this can kill our creativity and productivity. In this article, I will be sharing a really easy and practical writing exercise that will help you begin the songwriting process quicker. Let’s get right to it, shall we?


Remove All The Chains

In last weeksย article I discussed how writing without an instrumental can be very liberating and this week I’d like to take it a little bit further. One sure fire way to get better and quicker at writing is by removing every technical thing that may hold you back from seizing that precious moment when inspiration hits you. This is what I like to refer to as The Fresh Perspective. And the more time you spend working on your song the more of it you may lose so take advantage while you still have it!

By technical I mean things like trying to come up with rhyme schemes, punchlines, determining how your lyrics are going to fit the beat etc..

Forget all of that for just a moment. The next time you have an itch to write a song, try starting off by just writing everything that comes to mind down on paper. Almost as if you’re dumping your brain onto the paper like a transfer of consciousness.

It Won’t Be Pretty

Don’t worry how your thoughts are structured or how random everything may come out just WRITE IT DOWN!! Here are a few reasons why this can be extremely helpful.

  • You won’t lose any good ideas from being distracted by some of the more technical aspects of writing.
  • You will have a good chunk of ideas and concepts to pull from once you start writing your song.
  • This is a great way to warm up and brainstorm before writing your song so you can get your creative juices flowing.
  • This allows you to write without any filters. This isn’t intended for anyone else to ever see so you can get as personal and crazy as your brain will allow.
  • This is truly a freeing way to write none judgmentally without any pressure or anxiety of how others will react to it because this is strictly for you.
  • You may discover new things about yourself that you’ve never realized before.
  • This form of writing is a very therapeutic way of clearing your brain from all the clutter that builds up throughout the day.

Once The Storm Has Cleared

Once you’ve emptied your head so to speak then move on toย creating a storyboard, and after that, you can focus on the more time consuming technical aspects of writing such as, making your lyrics and cadences work well together, rhyme schemes, punchlines, metaphors, etc..

Another cool trick that can help speed up your writing process once you move to rhymes is creating Rhyme Lists AKA Freestyle Drills which I discuss in my article “How To Write Rap Lyrics Faster”.

Don’t Be Fooled!

Don’t let the simplicity of this songwriting warm up fool you. This is a highly effective and practical way to get your creative juices flowing. Don’t overthink this step. Just start writing down everything that comes to mind even if you’re writing down that you have nothing to talk about. Just write it down so the connection between your brain, pen, and pad can begin working! And if you have any questions or feedback please be so kind to leave them in the comments section below. I hope this helps you out on your next song! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I actually practice this when I get a burst of idea/inspiration. I just jot the ideas down whichever way they come. And I expand(work on) these ideas when I want to fit them into a beat.

    And there are times when I just grab a beat and I start writing with no preconceived idea.

    Thanks for this, Cole!

    • Hey Olawale, I’m glad to hear that you’re already taking advantage of this technique. I totally agree! You don’t have to approach a song the same way every time just follow the inspiration. Thanks for reading and commenting. I really do appreciate it bro! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Great article bro ! Cari cole spoke about this in one of her modules. If we start editing when we start writing it becomes a hinderance , getting the ideas down is so essential, she even speaks about not deleting anything because you might have to pull from it afterwards.

    • Hey Richard, Thanks for the positive feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed it and couldn’t agree more with what Cari was saying. Thanks for reading and commenting! I appreciate it bro! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hey Cole! I love this article! I feel like in my whole song writing this was the main issue I had, getting stuck and trying all sorts of techniques which could sometimes let me leave the verse unfinished. Thank you so much Coach!!

    • Hey Kasmercious, thanks so much for all of your positive words! I’m really glad that you enjoyed my article! Thanks for reading and commenting! I really do appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey Adam, thanks for the kind words. I’m really glad that you enjoyed this article I hope this technique helps you with your songwriting moving forward. Thanks for reading and commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Absolutely! Most of the techniques I teach are universal and are grounded in music theory so they apply to all things music. Thanks for reading and commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Cole Mize

  • Maybe it’s just me but I can’t see lyrics that arent worded properly/in an orderly fashion, that usually irritates me and I lose my train of thoughts lol, So I just structure them as I go along, bar by bar.

    • Hey Curran, don’t feel bad bro I’m the same exact way! If what I’m doing isn’t nice and neatly organized it’s hard for me to work. But some people work well in Chaos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you so much man for everything when i started to free style i couldnt make any rhyme and my flow was trash but im improving more and more since i found your website and videos. Hoping to get better and be ready to take some lessons with you. Also happy new year dude keep the good wokr

    • Hey Eduardo, thanks so much for the kind words bro! I’m really happy to hear that my content has been so helpful for you! I hope you had an awesome New Year as well and I’m wishing you the best on your musical journey. If you ever need any help along the way always feel free to reach out. Much love and respect! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Cole Mize

  • This is good advice- I remeber back in school – my eng101 teach used to say that writing was THOUGHT IN ACTION. And that the ACTION of writing – just that – could shake shit loose – and she wasnt wrong. Thanks for the reminder!

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