How to Become a Good Rapper

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With a willingness to commit time to the craft and a little creative spark, many people can create their own high-speed poetry.

Things You'll Need

  • Notebook
  • Rap CDs or MP3s
  • CD or MP3 player
  • Rhyming dictionary

Learning the Craft

  • Purchase or borrow albums by a broad variety of rappers to discover what you like. Make note of lyrical content, speed, flow and vocalizations.

  • Do vocal exercises and repeat tongue twisters.

  • Work your voice alongside raps by artists you admire. Try to absorb the lyrics and to keep pace with the recorded music, working your way from slow to fast.

  • Make notes of what kind of rapping you enjoy, what themes you like and anything else that strikes you about people you think are good rappers.

Writing Raps

  • Put your life experiences into your rapping--it's always best to write what you know. Keep your notebook with you; you never know when inspiration is going to strike.

  • Start thinking about beats. Download them from a website, create your own or get a friend who beatboxes.

  • Rap for your friends and family and listen to their feedback. When you feel ready, you can start to rap around your neighborhood; this is where almost all rappers get their start.

  • Try your hand at freestyle (rapping without writing ahead of time).

  • Go to open-mike nights to increase your confidence and give you some exposure.

  • Never stop writing or working on your rhymes. Make sure your material is fresh.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rap off the cuff about everyday situations: what's going on in front of you in traffic; the new shirt you just bought; or what you had for dinner. This encourages you to think in a poetic way and can keep you sharp for writing rhymes and freestyling.
  • Check yourself for originality. It can be easy to copy other rappers, but originality is the only thing that will distinguish you. Having an original voice (including your rhymes) is highly prized among rappers.

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