With the strong emergence of hip-hop in the music scene today, many people are interested in learning to rap and want to know how to write rap song lyrics. While there is no “exact” way, these 5 quick tips will definitely help you write a better rap song.
1. Search a stroke of inspiration. Ever wonder how the pros beginning writing a rap song? 9 out of 10 times I start by searching rhythms that inspire. They are looking for something that touches them in a way that inspires and motivates them to write lyrics to. Everyone has a different taste in music, so find a rate you like and can write naturally. Find something that instantly grabs you and relates to you. You can find beats easily on the internet. Just search Google and SoundClick and you will be sure to find a beat to write rap lyrics of the song.
2. Choose a theme. Once you find a rate you want to use, start thinking about a topic that goes nicely with the beat you chose. Remember to choose a topic that relates to you and the beat. If you chose a sad, emotional sounding beat, then pick a topic that is sad and emotional and that relates to. If you pick a club style beat then choose a topic that is relevant to the club scene. Listen to your beat, ask yourself what kind of impact you want your rap lyrics that people, and decide on your main topic. Remember that how you write rap lyrics greatly depend on your topic.
3. Write your hook. Many rappers and producers find best practice to begin a rap song by first writing the hook. Now that you have your beat and main topic selected, you have a great foundation to begin writing your hook lyrics.
To explain how to write rap hooks, I’ve broken hook-writing in a few steps I have found to be very effective.
a.) Consider these things: Do you want the hook to be catchy? Want to be deep and emotional? Want to sing rap or out?
b.) Listen to the hook part of your beat. Vibe with the beat and start free styling some ideas. Even if his words do not make sense, freestyle to the beat to establish some different flows. Experiment and discover what you like.
c.) Now that you have some ideas flowing, begin writing lyrics down. Make a list of words that you may want to incorporate into the hook.
d.) Look at your list of words to hear the rhythm and start freestyle some new ideas with these words.
e.) Once you reach some strong ideas, it may be a good idea to quickly record to see which sounds best. Once you’ve decided, we can move on with the verses!
4. Begin to write the verses. Now that the hook is finished, you have everything ready for the verses. So how do you write rap song verses?
a.) Start each line of strong to develop a connection with the listener immediately. A good way is to start with a line of controversy, opening fun, bold, or catchy.
b.) Now that you have the attention of listeners, finishing his verses with content that is relevant to your topic. Rhyme the last word in each line when you can. Try to use different flow structures throughout instead of staying in all the time.
c) If you are having trouble or writer’s block, write out a list of rhyming words that relate to your topic (use a dictionary and thesaurus if necessary) and refer to this list for ideas.
d.) Begin just as strong, end the verse lyrics strong too! Make sure that the transition into the hook smoothly and finish with a bang!
5. Practice! Perhaps the most underrated rap … practice! One thing to know how to write rap song lyrics, but putting it into action is another thing. Once you have your song written, practice over and over until you know it by heart and can recite it perfectly with no flaws. Trust me this is important!
I hope you now know how to write rap song lyrics more efficiently and effectively. Apply what you have learned to your next rap song and I am sure you will notice the difference!