How to Freestyle Rap: Rhythm, Lyrics, Delivery
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How to Freestyle Rap: Rhythm, Lyrics, Delivery

Learn how to freestyle, switch flows, rap over any beat, and never run out of bars.
4.5 (40 ratings)
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Last updated 5/2019
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Freestyle Rap
  • Rap Over Any Beat
  • Switch Flows
  • Come Up With Lyrical Rhythms
  • Think Lyrics Up On the Fly
  • Deliver Consistently
  • Never Run out of Bars
Requirements
  • Space to make some noise
  • Some instrumentals
Description

In this course you will develop the skill set to freestyle rap in various styles without running out of bars, even if you have never rapped before. This is a bold promise, but like anything else, freestyle rhyming can be broken down into a few simple steps. I will explain the three components to rapping, then we will talk more about freestyle-specific skills. 

1. Rhythm: You will learn to catch any beat by tapping out the quarter notes, then create a simple percussion rhythm which you will then put words to.

2. Lyrics: We will talk about polysyllabic rhyming, wordage (word choice).

3. Delivery: In this lesson you will play around with your voice to see what it can do, and take a good look at how to hone your flow.

 After we cover the three fundamentals of freestyle rap, I will help you to develop multiple flows and improve your delivery, teach you tricks to come up with rhymes and always have subjects to rhyme about in cyphers. We will cover: Cypher Etiquette, how to Never Run Out of Bars, Tools to Get Going, Finding Beats, Switching Flows, Entering a Flow State, and more. 

Relax, get into the vibe, and come with me on this journey through the components of freestyle rap. 


Oh, and if you are wondering "Who is this guy and why should he be my rap teacher?" I am the musician that goes by the name Douglas, Sir Douglas Fresh, Thoth The American, or DoJa. You can listen to & download my mixtape at douglas.life/mixtape

I also hold periodic freestyle events for local rappers since 2014 called Solsfest. 

Who this course is for:
  • Aspiring Rappers
  • Musicians
  • Anyone Who Wants to Freestyle
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 01:08:33
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:34

In this course you will develop the skill set to freestyle rap in various styles without running out of bars, even if you have never rapped before. This is a bold promise, but like anything else, freestyle rhyming can be broken down into a few simple steps. I will explain the three components to rapping, then we will talk more about freestyle-specific skills. 

1. Rhythm: You will learn to catch any beat by tapping out the quarter notes, then create a simple percussion rhythm which you will then put words to. 

2. Lyrics: We will talk about polysyllabic rhyming, wordage (word choice)

3. Delivery: In this lesson you will play around with your voice to see what it can do, and take a look at how deliver consistently.

After we cover the three fundamentals of freestyle rap, I will help you to develop multiple flows and improve your delivery, teach you tricks to come up with rhymes and always have subjects to rhyme about in cyphers. We will cover: Cypher Etiquette, how to Never Run Out of Bars, Tools to Get Going, Finding Beats, Switching Flows, Entering a Flow State, and more. 

Relax, get into the vibe, and come with me on this journey through the components of freestyle rap. 

Preview 01:34
+ Components of Freestyle Rap
4 lectures 36:55

Because this is the first lesson in course, and the lesson is about rhythm, this lesson starts out with a brief section on removing limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs can throw you off your rhythm, and distract you from your lyrics and delivery.

Next, we talk about the common patterns in music, and start practicing with one syllable rhymes. 

We learn to make our own rhythms representing syllables in our raps. We will talk about the shape of words, and why polysyllable rhymes affect our rhythm structure.

Finally, we'll put it all together; tap out a beat, which we will put a lyrical rhythm to in percussion, then pre-think the ending word, then add all the words to the rap.

Preview 10:03

In this lesson we talk about how to come up with good lyrics. We talk about common structures of music that we will freestyle to, look at polysyllable rhymes, adding spice to our lyrics by mispronouncing, making up words and more. We talk about using sound effects in place of words also. 

This lesson covers keys to coming up with lyrics on-the-fly, like focusing on last word, and telling a story with your freestyles.

We talk about what to do when you can't think of words, as well as entering into a flow state and how stories are good for audiences and artists. We talk about re-entering the flow state when you get off vibe.

Lyrics Part 1
09:28

In this lesson, we'll cover topics to freestyle about. We will break down the three levels of topics. We'll cover where to find good themes/topics to rap about that fit with the context. We talk about switching themes, and some theme/topic ideas relative to cyphers. 

Finally, we discuss about wordplay, and wordage (word choice), and how these separate average rappers from pros.

Lyrics Part 2
06:49

In this lesson we talk about finding your voice and delivering great sounding rap lyrics. We go over key components of vocal delivery to keep in mind, like volume, stamina, pitch, range, and dynamics. 

We also talk about nonvocal delivery, like posture and gesticulations. 

We talk about matching your emotional state to the delivery you want. We will learn some chi techniques that may help you to hone and resume a desired emotional state.

Delivery
10:35
+ Freestyle Raps Tips & Tricks
7 lectures 29:33

In this lesson, we look at some websites to find instrumentals online. Please keep in mind that there are plenty more places to find instrumentals online. 

Where To Find Beats
04:51

In this lesson, we will look at some online tools and apps to build our vocabulary, and get our freestyles going.

Tools to Get Going
02:09

In this lesson, we talk survival tips if you want to never out of bars. I'm completely confident that using the skills taught in this course, any person who believes in themselves and dedicates the time and energy will be able to rap for an indefinite amount time. To get to this goal, we discuss things like being persistent, switching flows, knowing when to pass the mic, what to have prepared, keeping topics to jump to, breathing, and more. At the end, I will give you my words to the wise that I have learned from personal experience.

Never Run Out of Bars
03:33

In this lesson we talk about switching flows in a way that match your lyrics, as well as the beat.

Switching Flows
05:56

In this lesson we talk about getting on any instrumental track by finding our rhythm, and systematically attacking the beat.

Rap Over Any Beat
07:01

In this lesson we will go over how to act when freestyling in a cypher we'll talk about the common activities (games) that go on in cyphers. 

Preview 04:33

Thank you all for taking this course! I hope we get to rap together sometime. 

Here are some links to freestyles, and other things I do! 


Course Review
01:30
+ Bonus Lesson: Free Course on Rap Voice
2 lectures 00:30
Free Course Link
00:16
cXc Music: Share Your Songs
00:14