Quick Tip on How To Write A Rap Song

When you want to add emphasis to a certain line or phrase in your song, consider doubling up. All this means is you re-record these specific lines or words on a separate track, and combine them on the master.

This gives your recording more depth. It also sounds like you have backup vocals that are supporting you.

Consider using double-ups for the following:

At the end of a line.

At the end of a rhyme. This works especially well for complex rhyme structures. It forces your listener to hear every word that rhymes together.

The internal rhymes. For example, if your line is

We’re not ones to follow the idiot herds
We’re not ones to fall to the simpleton urge
We’re not ones to swallow what we’ve been served
Cuz me and my dawgs don’t choke on words

Try using double ups on “follow, fall, swallow and dogs”. All these have the same stressed vowels. Don’t you want your listener to hear something you worked so hard to create?

Chorus. The same for any part of a song that gets repeated. For example, if every verse ends with the same punchline, try adding a double up to it. Again, this lets your listeners know this is important to the song structure.

Lil’ Wayne’s Rap Style Explained

Among the number of rappers most respected today, Lil Wayne is one of the most instantly recognizable in the game. In this article, I’ll show you how to rap like Lil Wayne using a variety of techniques.

Firstly, you’ll have to match Lil Wayne’s classic Southern drawl. The key is to stretch your syllables- rather than saying “ya’ll” say “YA-AAALLL.” Listen to several Lil Wayne raps and you’ll notice how he stretches his rhymes over the beats.

East coast rappers seem to have the hardest time adapting to the Southern patterns of speech, but Jay-Z was one of the first to really capture it.

If you want to learn how to rap like Lil Wayne, you MUST focus on strengthening your vocals. Some rappers are known for their lyrics (Eminem) some are known for their flow (Andre 3000 from Outkast) and others like Lil Wayne are known for their voice. I’m not going to say you should train your voice to sound exactly like him, but rather to practice vocal exercises to make you sound more like you.

To strengthen your rap voice, you’ll have to develop the resonance that comes from your vocal chords and diaphragm. First, you’ll want to stretch your vocal chords by yawning (or pretending to yawn) at least five times in a row.

Next, you’ll want to practice your resonance by humming from just below you navel- this is your deepest part of your vocal range, and where you have the most power. Rappers with powerful voices like Lil Wayne know how to rap from deep in their guts to add power to their recordings.

Remember, you may want to learn how to rap like Lil Wayne, but that doesn’t mean you should sound exactly like him. Practice your southern drawl, find beats with strong Southern undertones, and develop your voice.

How to Rap 101

Freestyle rap is a sub-genre of hip hop. When freestyle rapping first began to emerge it was defined by unassociated content, so really any song could be called “freestyle”. But definitions change over time and eventually freestyle rap came to be a sort of impromptu, on the spot rap either solo or in a group.

Usually the most talented rappers are able to pull of a freestyle, however there seems to be a culture gap between song-writing rappers and freestyle rappers. Over the last 15 years there have been some notable examples of freestyle rappers, among them being Supernatural (who holds the Guinness World Record for longest freestyle rap), Illmaculate (2-time world champ), TheSaurus, Eyedea, and Juice. Even though these freestylers are widely respected none of them have ever had a popular album.

But freestyling still takes a significant amount of talent and skill, and can gain you a reputation pretty quickly. Freestyle battles, for example, have become popular and give an up and comer a chance to show off his skills with some more well-known talents. In a freestyle rap battle the two participants have two, rapid-fire one-minute long rounds where they try to outwit and out-rap their adversary. When a rap battle is televised it generally has to be toned down a bit, with rules about profanity and misogyny, which can lead to some creative thinking. However there are online shows featuring rap battles as well that allow for dirtier, nastier lyrics.

Freestyle rapping has also been featured on the radio. Wake Up Show is a nationally syndicated radio program featuring King Tech and Sway, it’s considered an important part of rap culture and invites up and coming rappers to come show their stuff. They’ve also featured more well known artists such as Xzibit, Eminem, Tech N9ne, KRS One, and Atmosphere to demonstrate their freestyle skills.

If you want to learn how to rap, freestyling can help a rapper plan out their song. It can be a good weapon against writer’s block, many rappers will just freestyle until they find a beat or lyrics they like, trying out different rhymes until a song is constructed. It’s rumored that rapper Jay-Z doesn’t write anything down, he just freestyles in the recording booth and then arranges the results into a finished song. But then this raises an interesting problem: if he’s freestyling, and then editing that freestyle into a song, is it still a freestyle? Or is it just songwriting aloud instead of on paper?

Rappers who freestyle, in on street corners or over mixtapes, are sort of a throw back to the beginnings of hip hip. It’s a sort of organic style that is completely focused on the moment. While some rappers are going platinum and relaxing in their riches, hard-working freestyle rappers are out there improving on their skills day in and day out.

Deadly Freestyle Rap Battle Technique

Whoever says that battles are strictly freestyle is a liar. Even if their rhymes aren’t written before the battle, you better believe they are looking at you and working out ways to humiliate you before you both get up on that stage.

Here is how you limit that possibility. Whenever I’m in a battle I will wear a loud, obnoxious shirt that draws attention (my bright red T with Bruce Lee on the front is a personal favorite). Other MC’s who are sizing me up will be formulating punchlines around that shirt. They can’t help but focus on it!

Here’s the kicker… When my name is called to go up on stage, I quickly through a jacket over the shirt. This destroys any
punchline my opponent has about it. If they use the line anyways, I look out to the crowd and act completely bewildered, as if to say “Why is he referencing Bruce Lee when I’m wearing a brown jacket?”

The key is to dress loud before the battle, then cover up with something plain during the battle. The same goes for hair: if you sport a ponytail or cornrows, throw a cap on right before.

Make your opponent beat you in the moment, while you can use any observation you have of them before the battle.