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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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