You have to start somewhere if you want to join the rap game.Biggie started on street corners in Brooklyn, rhyming to a boom-box and battling any comers, sometimes winning and sometimes losing.Always getting better, that’s how he learned his craft.It’s probably easier, but the goals are the same.Write some rhymes and listen to the sounds around you.
Step 1: Listen to a lot of hip-hop.
Before you start making your own rhymes, you need to listen to a wide variety of hip-hop and rap.To understand the core and foundations of rap, you need to study the history and culture.It is a breathing thing that you need to engage with.If you don’t know who Big Daddy Kane is, or if you only know Ice Cube as a funny guy in the movies, you need to do some research.Over the past few years, free online mixtape culture has become an important part of hip-hop.In the mid-2000s, there were a lot of free online mixtapes that were mostly composed of freestyles.It’s a great way to learn more about contemporary hip-hop.
Step 2: Don’t be afraid to listen actively.
If you want to form your own style, study other rappers’ skills.You’re learning.If you want to read their poetry, copy out their rhymes and freestyles.It is a good idea to study their music and find some good beats.The two artists are known for their quick flow, intricate rhyme schemes, and metrical perfection.You can find rappers that appeal to you.A$AP Rocky, Tribe Called Quest, Big L, Nas, Mos Def, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, Freddie Gibbs, Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of The Pharaohs, MF Grimm, Jus Allah, Shabazz Palaces and theIt’s helpful to listen to rap that you don’t like.Form opinions.Make arguments.Discuss different rappers with your friends.Who is great and who is sucks?
Step 3: Take a moment to memorize some words.
Pick a jaw-dropper from one of your favorite tracks and listen to it repeatedly until you commit it to memory.Take it as you walk.The way the words feel as you say them is what you should get a feel for.Think about what makes this verse stand out to you.What do you think about it?Why did it make memorizable?You can find an instrumental version of the song if you memorize the verse.You can get a feel for the flow and speed of the music with this.
Step 4: Write a lot of rhymes.
Try to write at least 10 rhymes a day and keep a notebook with you at all times.At the end of the week, go back through the rhymes you wrote and pick out the best ones, which you can use to start a song.Cut out the wack lines and keep the best.You might only have a few lines at the end of the week.That’s good.You’re going to write a lot of bad lyrics when you first start.There is no way around it.It takes a lot of work to create a song that people will want to listen to.
Step 5: You should keep “rhyme clusters” in your notebook.
A rhyme cluster is a group of words that are interchangeable.The words “wack” “sack” and “jack” could all be in the same cluster.When you’re writing songs or free styling, consult an encyclopedia of rhymes that you can start to memorize.
Step 6: Your lyrics should be used in songs.
After a few weeks of writing lines, you should have a good store of them.Think about how you might build a song by adding a couple together and moving them around.Put it all together by writing more lines.In classic hip-hop, they have a hard-luck element.To paint a vivid picture of the scene or the event you’re describing, stories need to address Who, What, and When elements.Freddie and Raekwon are great storytellers.There are lots of one-liners.If you’re looking for a king of braggart in rhyme, look no further than Wayne.To compare yourself to greatness, use lots of metaphors and similes.It’s all about the chorus.Chief Keef has an ear for a killer hook, even though his rhymes are terrible.If you aim for a simple line or two, it will slide into the beat.”Don’t Like” and “Sosa” have simple ear-worm choruses that get stuck in your head for weeks.Ditto “Crank That” by Soulja Boy.”C.R.E.A.M.” is a classic example.And anything by the rapper.
Step 7: If you can, try to freestyle.
You can find a beat, an instrumental version of a track, or just rap over the outros.Try to find the beat, feel it, and spit it out.Start with a good “starter line,” something that pops and gets your mind going, then rely on your clusters of rhymes to start letting things go.Don’t try free styling until you’ve practiced a lot.It can fall apart quickly, but try to stay on track, keep moving and find your way again if you start to fall down.If you don’t stop, it will be over.If you have to rap nonsense, make sure they rhyme and stay with it.
Step 8: Take your time.
You aren’t going to write great songs.Get better at freestyles, and learn to write songs.You don’t have to bite from other rappers to develop your own voice and style.You don’t want to be like any of them, you want your own voice and rapper.It took 6 or 7 years for Chief Keef and Soulja Boy to find their feet after they hit the big time.If you’re going to take rap seriously, be critical of your work.GZA was 25 when he found success, and he had been rhyming since he was a child.
Step 9: There are rap battles or a freestyle competition.
You won’t be given much time to think before you start rhyming, because contestants have to freestyle over a beat selected by the DJ.If you want to fight, you’ll also have another MC across from you who may be more experienced and eager to make you look bad.You’ll need a lot of skills and thick skin to try this in public.It’s a good idea to attend a lot of competition before attempting to compete.Before jumping on stage, get a good feel for your skills and the other competitors.
Step 10: Make original music.
Try to get in touch with some up-and-coming producers in your area or online to give you some original beats to work with.Hip-hop music can be made if you use the most basic audio editing software and a microphone.It’s a great chance to meet other rappers and beatmakers you might collaborate with, or who might have resources to share with you.
Step 11: Put your music on the internet.
If you eventually get enough material that you’re proud of, you can start sharing your music on social media.You can put a mix together and give it away for free on the internet.Rap artists who get signed to big contracts often release free mixtapes.You can give out your contact information with CD-R copies of your music.
Step 12: Continue practicing.
Walk down the street, take the bus or train, or grocery shop if you keep your beats on your phone or iPod.They’ll get better if you practice your rhymes more.