The right descriptions will elevate your songs into pieces of art, but that doesn’t mean that they are easy to come by. Descriptions take time to properly craft, and the art of storytelling in your rap song is just as intricate as the art of storytelling in a conventional novel. Ready to write some powerful descriptions into your rap lyrics? What are you waiting for?
First, you should think like a filmmaker designing a shot. You need to constantly shift the point of view in the song so that everyone has a solid description and actions throughout the piece. For example, if you are writing a rap about when you first met your little sister, you would need to constantly switch “angles” in your head between your feelings when you met your sister, your sister’s feelings at seeing you, and your mother’s feelings at watching the two of you interact with one another. There is a great deal of power in the every day, so don’t think that your song’s subject matter is too simple for great descriptions.
Your five senses are powerful ways to come up with descriptions, so break out what you learned in elementary school when writing them. Think of what you would be smelling, touching, tasting, seeing, and hearing in any given situation. A great way to take this description method to the next level is using more than one in a sentence. For example, you could say that you “looked into the deep blue eyes of your soft-skinned little sister.”
You’ve taken time to show how you feel and think on the inside, but you need to end with a description of the outside. Don’t get so caught up in the feelings and emotions of a situation that you forget to include important details like where you were and who else was there. Listeners want to follow the stories in your music, so don’t cheat them out of that opportunity.
At En La Calle, we lay down tracks that tell the stories of what life is like here in Charm City. All of our artists bring something different to the table. We don’t follow any “formulas” to create our art. So, if you want to listen to some talented artists who keep it real, follow En La Calle. Check out our music here or search on iTunes for En La Calle Records and you’ll see why we’re different. To see more of what we’re up to and listen to more of our tracks, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.