How to rap good
Rap stars make no secret of the fact they want fame and fortune – and you could have that too! Improving your ability to rap could be the next step on your road to fame, whether that means learning how to rap fast, or learning how to write rap songs. We will show you how to rap GOOD!
Rap is all about rhythm, the lyrics are obviously important, but they are not as important as the rhythm and “flow”. The flow incorporates the rhythm with the “melody” of the rapper. Now you may think that rapping doesn’t have melody, but it does. Just like how a singer raises the pitch of his or her voice when they are singing, a rapper will do the same when they are rapping, but it will be in the form of speech rather than song.
The changes in pitch, along with the rhythm the words make, creates the flow, and this is what marks a good rapper out from a bad one. Getting good flow can mean working on a number of things: getting into character, telling a story, making a really good backing track. All these different areas that can help your flow and improve your ability to rap.
Listen to a recording of your rapping and think about the way the pitch of your voice changes throughout the track – does it sound like you’re really getting into a flow? If not, try working on one of the three areas we’ve mentioned.
The hardest thing to do is keeping a good flow while rapping fast. Rapping fast is like the drag racing of music – everyone loves hearing someone rap fast! It’s not easy and it takes time to develop, but the important thing to remember is not to try going full tilt straight away.
First, learn the lyric inside out and back to front, so that saying the lines of the track become almost instinctive. Then, increase the speed of the backing track gradually (all the time making sure you’re keeping your flow!) until you get to the point where you’re rapping as fast as you can without messing any lines up.
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Rapping tips from the stars
“I’m just basically spillin’ out my emotions to the world. ‘Cause rap is about emotion. And I want you to feel what I’m feelin’, ’cause that’s what it’s all about.”
“They believed you can’t mix rock, country, and rap, and that crossover is dead. I always knew it would work. And it will always work as long as you’re really into it and like what you’re doing.”
“When you do rap albums, you got to train yourself. You got to constantly be in character.”