If you’re an aspiring rapper, you might wonder what equipment you need to get started. The truth is, you don’t really need anything to rap! Anyone who has a message and wants to communicate that message through the rap medium already has everything they need to start rapping. If, however, you’re serious about trying to make it in the rap world, there are a few things you should have that will help you out quite a bit. Ready to learn what equipment every aspiring rapper should own?
Pencil and Notebook
Inspiration for lyrics can hit anywhere at any time. You need to have a way to record this inspiration before it disappears – how many great lyrics were lost because the artist decided to write them down later, only to forget? A countless number, for sure. So grab a portable notebook that you can carry in your back pocket and write down anything that strikes you. If you have a phone, you can also use your microphone to record raps as they come to you.
If you have a natural grasp of the way sounds and language works, you may not even need this either! But an aspiring rapper can learn a lot by using a rhyming dictionary when writing their lyrics. If your cadence and flow are great but you have trouble with rhyming, studying the dictionary for a little bit every day will eventually make you a master and the difference in the quality of your rhymes will definitely be noticed.
Strictly speaking, you don’t really need a drum machine to rap – anyone who battles freestyle knows that much. But if you’re looking to craft songs, a drum machine can be your best friend. You can craft rudimentary beats on it to go along with your rapping, giving you a better picture of where these beats can end up. The best part is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a top of the line model or anything. Hit Craigslist and eBay and grab a used one cheap!
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