You probably heard and even listened to some rap artists. Maybe even a fan of one or more rappers. And you obviously would like to be like your idols. We would like to learn how to rap like them. But what needs to be done to learn to rhyme, and rhyme very cool? There is no easy road. No one had an easy road. The road is always thorny. Learning to rhyme can take months, or even years. But believe me, the result is worth it. Here are some tips for learning how to rap.
1. First, read a book such as “The Way I Am (As I Am”), which Eminem wrote himself! This book contains, for example, the rhyming exercises that Eminem invented. It helps a lot. Plus, you can find out the history of the formation of one of the greatest rappers of our time.
2. Exercise constantly. Try to every word that you hear, pick up another word rhyming with it. After weeks or months of exercise, you can already easily select a word that rhymes with any word.
3. Another exercise, but more complicated. Your task: in 10-15 seconds to pick up as many rhyming words as possible for one word.
4. Learn from the best! Always listen to rappers like Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and others. Each of them has its own style, and try to get to know each of these styles better.
5. Follows from the previous tip: Learn English. This will help you a lot when studying, and indeed in the future.
This is just a small part of a huge number of tips. But these tips will help you with the basics of rhyming. Over time, you will be able to rhyme as a professional! Interesting fact: For one of his songs, Eminem came up with a chorus in 30 seconds! This is truly a rhyme master.
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How to become a rapper: practical tips
First you need to learn how to feel the music. Turn on your favorite artist’s favorite track and try to feel the rhythm. How does a beat sound, how fast, how words fall on it. Try to read the text together with the performer, adhere to the set rhythm, pause and emphasize, get to the beat as the original does.
The language of rap cannot be called simple, so first memorize any song, find its minus and rehearse, repeat the artist’s manner, make your own chips. Be sure to record the result and objectively evaluate the record. It will be very good practice to play one track under different beats, with a different melody and even rhythm. The goal of such a training is to develop and hone the sense of rhythm, not to be afraid of improvisations, to keep attention on yourself.
Try writing your lyrics. To rap, you do not have to be born in a ghetto, you can write on topical topics and draw inspiration from everything that surrounds you and worries you. Try to objectively evaluate the fruits of your creativity, read poetry to friends and listen to criticism, this will help to achieve a better result and accustom to the public.
Read more good literature and classical poetry. This will expand your vocabulary and your rap language will be filled with beautiful puns and witty metaphors. Try to avoid flat texts, humiliating comparisons, obscene speech (rap without a mat is possible!), Respect your listener.
Get a paper notebook and take it everywhere with you. Inspiration can come unexpectedly, and ideas are quickly forgotten. In addition, text written by hand and on paper is perceived somewhat differently than the one typed on a computer. Write with a pencil, re-read the lines, objectively evaluate them and edit if necessary.
How to rap: the basics of technology
How to rap: the basics of technology
Good text, swinging bits are important components of success. But besides this, you need to be able to present the material in such a way as to hook the listener from the very first lines. How to rap effectively, clearly and legibly?
Highlight consonants. They should sound harder and clearer than in everyday speech. Speak competently and confidently, do not lose the ending.
Remember that rhythm plays a major role in a rap reader. Even if you get lost, catch the beat and continue.
Try to stay naturally at the performances, pick up comfortable clothes that emphasize the image, not restricting movement. But do not overdo it with gestures and movements, so as not to look comical.
Where to perform?
Of course, the artist must be heard, and therefore study the clubs of your city that work with newcomers and knock there.
Another great event that will reveal your potential and show yourself is rap battle. It's no secret that it was the rap battle that became the launching pad for many famous rappers such as Noize MC and Oxxxymiron. Participating in rap battles gives a tremendous experience where you can easily hone your reading skills and see the public’s reaction to your work, this is a good way to test yourself, learn to compose texts on any given topic. Especially popular are rap battles face to face (as has already become famous Versus Battle), when it is possible to look into the eyes of an opponent and prove that you are the best. However, not everyone dares to enter the competitive scene, because often the rap battle is designed for people with a certain experience. There is also a light version of such events - online battles, and if this is your first experience in public competition, then it is better to start with them.
Do not ignore special rap schools, where competent and practicing specialists will put your voice, develop the necessary skills and give a great start for your musical career. One of them is Myrapgame Rap School, which teaches Al Solo from the band Bad Balance. Guys regularly conduct trainings and webinars on reading, including free ones. Also, more recently, St. Petersburg artist Kazhe Oboyma opened his rap school.
Be sure to write down your songs and post them on the Internet, read comments and listen to the criticism of the public, because the further development of your creative path depends on it.
By the way, who better than Eminem knows how to rap. We offer you to watch a video on this topic from the king of hip-hop 😉