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6 Basic Steps in Writing a Rap Music

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Writing a song is quite easy. But rap music is definitely a challenge. Even some professional rappers find it hard to create another rap song (unless they are placed in a rap battle where they have to be spontaneous.) The volume of the lyrics in a rap music is way higher compared to any type of music. As a matter of fact, the song with the most number of words is a rap song. It is entitled “Animal” by Harry Shotta, an MC from the United Kingdom. It has 1, 771 words. It replaced Eminem’s “Rap God” with 1, 560 words.

 

Pressured?

 

Well, if you want to make a rap song now, consider these seven basic steps in writing a rap music:

 

Select a theme

The very first thing to do is to brainstorm a theme. Find an inspiration for your music. You can use your personal life experiences as the primary theme of your music. You can also use rap to convey a message about a certain social issue. Or you can just be general about your song, rapping about men and women, living wild and free.

 

Create a hook

Most rap songs have a hook. Sometimes, it is called the “chorus”. It is the part of your rap music that can be easily remembered by listeners. Some rappers start their rap with the hook to make it more attractive to the audience. It also provides a good pre-vibes of the rap as it packages the main message.

 

Play with words

After finalizing a melodic hook, start writing your lyrics. In this stage, you have to play with words. A rhyme is one of the most common elements in rap lyrics. You do not need to pressure yourself with the rhymes. First, you just have to be spontaneous. Go back to your lyrics and check for some words which you can alter. Besides, rhymes do not need to be all natural. “Near rhymes” will do.

 

Master the beat

In a rap music, the beat is the most important. It should go in-sync with your lyrics and theme. On the other hand, you should be careful in choosing a beat. There are websites where you can purchase beats. You can also create your own beats using computer software or even smartphone apps. Moreover, you can partner with DJs.

 

Organize the song flow

Now that you have the hook, the lyrics, and the beat, it is now time for you to organize your song flow. You just have to arrange the placement of the verses, chorus, refrain, bridge, and outro, among others. As mentioned earlier, some raps start with the chorus. You can be unique with your song flow.

 

Practice

After doing the finishing touches for your rap music, practice the song. Play the beat and sing the rap lyrics. Since rap songs are full of words, it may be complicated for you to memorize the lyrics. Just take your time until you master everything.

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The 8 Greatest Rappers of All Time

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Rap music is one of the most successful genres in the music industry. Thanks to various artists and rappers who elevated the hip hop standards to make it relevant over the years. In this article, we will list the greatest rappers since the beginning of hip hop music:

Eminem

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Dubbed as the “Rap God” (also one of his singles), Eminem is considered as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Throughout his career, he achieved five number 1 singles on Billboard Hot 100 and ten number 1 albums on Billboard 200. With over 200 million album sales, he is the best-selling artist of the 21st century in the United States. Rolling Stone also called Eminem the King of Hip Hop, ranking 83rd on the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

JAY-Z

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JAY-Z or Shawn Carter in real life is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. According to data, he has sold over 100million records. He is also multi-awarded, receiving 21 Grammy Awards, among others. MTV also named him “The Greatest MC of All Time” in 2006. He also holds the record of the most number 1 albums on US Billboard 200, with 14. Further, JAY-Z ranked 10th in their list of the most successful artists.

 

Notorious B.I.G.

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Known for so many names, Notorious B.I.G. was one of the earliest figures of hip hop music. He was regarded as one of the pioneers of East Coast hip hop. Billboard magazine names him one of the greatest rappers of all time. After the shooting incident that claimed his life, three new Notorious B.I.G. albums were released.

 

Tupac

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Tupac, also spelled as 2Pac was an American rapper who sold more than 75 million records worldwide. He is considered one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He also ranked number one in various lists of the greatest and most influential rappers. He also ranked 86th in Rolling Stone’s Greatest Artists of All Time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

 

Nas

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Nas is an American hip hop recording artists who have sold over 25 million records worldwide. Eight of his albums received platinum and multi-platinum certifications. MTV included him in the list of The Greatest MCs of All Time. In 2012, The Source named him the second-best lyricist of all time. In 2014, he was recognized by Billboard as one of the best rappers of all time.

 

Kendrick Lamar

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Every year, there is a new King of Rap. For 2017, Kendrick Lamar got the throne. Lamar has only released 4 studio albums yet. Among these, his fourth studio album Damn was considered to be a breakthrough in hip hop music. It has reached number 1 on Billboard 200 and received double platinum certification. The release of Lamar’s album was regarded as one of the factors that brought hip hop on top of the music scene, leaving pop to the second. Of course, Lamar has more to prove in his musical career.

 

Who do you think should be included in the list?…

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10 Most Common Hip Hop Dance Styles

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In the lieu of hip hop music’s massive success, hip hop dance comes along. It remains one of the most popular dance styles today. Basically, you just have to dance your body to the hip hop music. But, there are certain elements that classify a hip hop dance “hip hop”. Here are the most common hip hop dance styles:

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Popping

Popping was created Sam Solomon in Fresno, California. It is performed by continuously contracting and relaxing your muscles to achieve a jerking or snapping effect in your body. This step was first performed by the Electric Boogaloos Dance Crew.

 

Locking

Don Campbell created the locking dance style in Los Angeles during the 1960s. He debuted the dance style along with his dance crew called The Lockers. A quick movement followed by a pause is a common trait in locking. The hips and legs are usually relaxed while the hands and arms do the move. Basically, it requires a lot of acrobatics to perform locking.

 

Breakdancing

Also called as b-boying or b-girling, breakdancing plays an integral role in Black and Latino American dance culture. It started to flourish in the 1970s where dancers, especially young ones dance to hop-hop remixes. Breakdancing is composed of four elements – top rock (standing), down rock (floor tricks), freeze (poses), and the power moves (acrobatics).

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Boogaloo

Boogaloo follows a fluid or a loose movement which provides an illusion that the dancer has no bones. Basically, it moves the hips, legs, knees, and head, creating a clean transition. Boogaloo is closely related to popping dance style.

 

Crip-walking

Crip-walking was popularized by the Crips gang. They usually perform this dance style every after victory against their rival gang, the Bloods. Today, it has been a part of hip hop dance culture. Some famous rappers like Snoop Dogg and Xzibit perform crip-walking in their music videos.

 

Floating

Apparently, floating style gives an impression to the audience that the dancer is floating in the air. It follows three basic moves – the float, glide, and slide. In performing these moves, the dancer creates an illusion of frictionless shows.

 

Turfing

The word “turfing” is derived from “Taking up room on the floor”. It started in Oakland, California. To do a turf, one must move with the goal of clearly telling a story about various traditions and life events through dancing.

 

Robot

The robot dance style has also joined the hip hop dance culture. It is very similar to popping except that it avoids any smooth movement. It simply just mimics or imitates the movement of the robot, doing very stiff movements of the body.

 

Krumping

Krumping is one of the most popular hip hop dance styles of this generation. It basically follows four basic moves – chest pops, jabs, arm swings, and stomps. Actually, krumping is more of a freestyle dance, as long as you incorporate those four basic moves.

 

Lyrical

Lyrical hip hop dance is interpretative in nature. It is usually performed along with down-tempo rap or R&B music. It follows a choreography instead of freestyle movement.

 

Which of these hip hop dance styles do you like?…

11 Most Common Hip Hop Sub-Genres and Fusions

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Over the years, hip hop music has evolved. Downloading and streaming services are the new source for people to listen to music. There have been different sub-genres, fusions, and versions from certain states and regions. As a matter of fact, hip hop is a musical celebration of diversity. Despite differences, music binds their understanding. In this article, we list the 11 most common hip hop sub-genres and fusions:

 

Alternative Hip hop

Also known as “conscious hip hop”, alternative hip hop skips musical styles, hooks, or moves. Their main goal is to explore unique concepts. Key artists include Lupe Fiasco and The Roots.

 

Battle Rap

Battle rap involves bragging, boasting, and insulting. It is usually used in live battles where rappers rap in freestyle. It is a battle between two or more MCs and their rap verses. Battle rap has been showcased in TV contests and even in professional leagues.

 

Boom Bap

Boom-Bap originated in New York and gained popularity in the mid-1990s. It was coined by rapper KRS-ONE which he actually derived from drum sounds. Storytelling is a strong feature of Boom Bap. Some of the most notable boom bap artists are Pete Rock and Kendrick Lamar.

 

Conscious Rap

Their primary goal of conscious rap is to deliver a certain message of awareness and knowledge regarding various social issues. Conscious rappers promote positive and radical ideas, although they do not want to be classified as “rappers”. Key artists include Kanye West, TalibKweli, and Lauryn Hill,

 

Crunk

Crunk is a sub-genre of southern hip hop. According to music accounts, famous producer Lil John was the one who created this dance move in the 1990s. Club beats and high-energy chants are among its major elements. Apart from Lil John, key artists include Lil Scrappy and The Eastside Boyz.

East Coast Hip hop

East coast hip hop originated in New York in the 1970s. It became dominant in the golden age of hip hop. It follows simple old school rap pattern with lyrical dexterity. Famous rappers include Big Daddy Kane, Hay-Z, and Rakim.

 

Gangsta Rap

Gangsta rap is a reflection of the gangster life, especially the youth of the early 1980s. Ice-T was credited as the pioneer of Gangsta rap. Basically, it features hard-hitting beats and aggressive lyrics. Some artists criticize Gangsta rap for its violent theme. Famous Gangsta rappers include 50 Cent, 2Pac, Snoop Dog, and Ice Cube.

 

Hyphy

Hyphyhip hop has been around for a few years. It is a musical import from the West Coast that incorporates upbeat tempo and high-energy style. It also features rugged beats and witty lyrics. Famous hyphy rappers include E-40, Mac Dre, and The Team.

 

Melodic Rap

Melodic rap has been influential over the past years. It plays a prominent role in the independent hip hop world. It even dominated the popular hip hop scene with rappers like Bryson Tiller and Drake.

 

Rap Rock

Basically, rap rock is a combination of hip hop and rock musical genres. Rap-rock has also evolved into different fusions including rap metal and rapcore.

 

Trap Music

Trap music flourished in the 1990s. It originated in Atlanta where Ghetto Mafia and Dungeon Family started entering the music science. Trap music generally refers to music about drugs and narcotics.

The Origin and Evolution of Hip Hop Music: A Timeline

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Music is really diverse. It has different genres of distinct styles and features. Among these genres, hip hop music dominates the list. Yes, surpassing even pop music. According to Nielsen Music, 2017 is the year for hip hop. The first time for hip hop to dominate the music scene. Hip hop music has come a long way. It has evolved over the years. In this article, let us take a look back at hip hop’s origin and evolution.

 

Hip hop’s Inspiration

The inspiration of hip hop music started as early as the 1920s. Earl Tucker, a prominent club performer popularized a dance style similar to today’s hip hop dance styles. In 1940, Thomas Wong incorporated booming sound system in playing music. He started the craze of hip American music, delighting the audience and beating music competitors. During the late 1960s, James Brown recorded two songs – Sex Machines and Funky Dreamer – that influenced the drumming styles of today’s rap music.

 

The Origin of Hip hop

The birth of hip hop music really started in 1970. DJ U-Roy dominated Jamaican pop charts with his records using a style called “toasting”. From Jamaica, Clive Campbell who was popularly known as “DJ Kool Herc” brought their style of music to South Bronx. He was regarded as one of the founders of hip hop music. DJ Kool Herc began DJ-ing for parties. Soon, he became an MC (master of ceremony). He combined MC-ing and DJ-ing, playing music while announcing some rhythmic text. This gave birth to “rap”. Around this time, AfrikaBambaataa and other DJs and MCs began referring their culture as “hip hop”.

 

Hip hop’s Golden Age

Soon after the discovery of hip hop, various rappers entered the music scene in the 1980s. LL Cool J released hip hop songs with catchy melodic hooks. Kurtis Blow was the first rapper to appear on national TV promoting his record. This introduced hip hop to a larger audience and made Blow’s record sell more than a million copies. In 1981, The Funky 4 became the first hip hop group to appear on TV. In the late 1980s, hip hop beats have been recorded inside the studio with drum machines and synthesizers. In the early 90s, producers re-created new styles of hip hop music such as alternative hip hop and jazz rap, among others.

 

Hardcore and Gangsta Rap

The turning point of hip hop music was in the 90s. Hardcore rap of New York and Gangsta rap of Los Angeles dominated the airwaves. Wu-Tang Clan created one of the first hardcore rap records, singing about the gangster life. This era created the names of 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, and The Notorious B.I.G. On the other hand, gangsta rap was developed by rappers Ice-T and NWA. Other famous names include Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre.

 

21st Century Hip hop

Hip hop music continually evolved in the 21st century. Female rappers like Missy Elliot, Lil’ Kim, and Nicki Minaj have started creating hip hop music as well. Before, New styles of hip hop also gained popularity. This includes R&B, country rap, and pop-rap, among others. More and more hip hop artists are dominating the music charts.

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