Rap songs are comprised mainly of two different parts – the beat and the lyrics. Most rappers find that they compose a beat before they sit down to come up with lyrics, but others write lyrics first and then come up with the beats to match it afterward. No matter which way you like to work, it can be challenging sometimes to write really great rap lyrics. If you need some help writing lyrics, we have a few tips here to follow which should help!
Building Your Vocabulary
Rap is all about rhyming and flow, so you’re going to need to make sure that you have a large vocabulary to draw from. The best way to build a vocabulary is to read books and news articles, and looking up any words that you don’t know. This should also give you plenty of things to rap about too!
Developing Your Sense of Rhythm
You should also read some passages out loud and notice which syllables and words you put natural stress on. Developing an inner sense for rhythm will help you come up with lyrics that flow easily. Most poetry in English, for example, alternate unstressed and stressed syllables – this might be an approach you want to take.
Focus Your Content
Lyrics should do more than just rhyme. They should tell a story or convey a message. Ask yourself what you want to tell people. It’s okay to tell stories in hip hop, but the best songs tend to come from personal experience, so draw on your own life to make your message or story as vivid as possible.
“Hook” in Your Audience
The hook is the part of a song that gets stuck in your head and has you humming it while you’re trying to sleep at night! In rap songs, this is usually the chorus. It is pretty hard to come up with a great hook, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come right away!
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