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 (2 ratings)
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Created by Douglas Butner
Last updated 4/2016
English
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What Will I Learn?
Freestyle Rap
Rap Over Any Beat
Switch Flows
Come Up With Lyrical Rhythms
Think Lyrics Up On the Fly
Deliver Consistently
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Requirements
  • Internet Connection Required to Find Beats
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. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Aspiring Rappers
  • Musicians
  • Anyone Who Wants to Freestyle
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 11 Lectures Collapse All 11 Lectures 01:07:42
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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
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Components of Freestyle Rap
3 Lectures 37:17

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 stretching out how to miss pronouncing, making up words. 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 reentering the flow state when you get off vibe.

Later in this lesson, we'll cover topics to freestyle about. We will break down the three levels of topics into people things and ideas. We'll cover where to find good themes/topics to rap about that fit with a 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 and freestylers from pros.

Lyrics
16:39

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
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Freestyle Raps Tips & Tricks
7 Lectures 28:51

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
02:29

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. 

Finding a Beat
03:41

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 can be able to rap for an indefinite amount time. To get today's goal, we discuss things like being persistent, switching flows, knowing when to pas 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
03:41

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! 


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About the Instructor
Douglas Butner
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Product Designer and Digital Artist

Douglas Butner, who designs under the name Douglas Fresh or Sir Douglas Fresh, is passionate about business, design and the web. Douglas has over 8 years experience as a hobbyist web developer, and over 3 years as a professional designer. Douglas is proud to call himself a geek, and loves learning new skills.

Douglas has a Bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University concentrating in marketing, and sells his designs on products around the world daily. Currently he runs several designer shops including Sir Douglas Fresh and Fresh Thread Shop. Douglas also creates designs for and runs clothing shops including futurelifefashion[.]com, iamtheuniverse[.]club, and sublimationgalaxyshirts[.]com. Douglas joined Udemy to inspire others to fall in love with design as he has. In the future, Douglas hopes to help artists by providing a platform to sell reproduction rights to their art.

My Qualifications and Works

Business Qualifications

I have always been fascinated with business and marketing, and made this my academic pursuit. While attending Frostburg State University for business with a concentration in marketing, I started a successful t-shirt design business. After graduating FSU with high honors in 2014, I started an LLC for my current web project, the Current X Change. I am particularly interested in branding and online marketing, and hope to share my knowledge with hungry entrepreneurs worldwide.

Design Career

I am an active graphic designer with a variety of skills and disciplines. Besides designing vector art for my t-shirt designs, I do photo manipulations in photoshop, and create fractal art using algorithmic software. I sell designs on t-shirts, stickers, canvas, leggings, and a variety of other products. Over the past two years I have sold thousands of products made with my designs, without spending a dime on advertising.

Web Work

As a high school sophmore, I developed a social network called Myhs[.]us (now retired). I learned PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS from books, and became quickly obsessed with the web. As a senior in high school, I developed Blurba[.]com (also retired), a site that used AJAX, allowing all interactions to take place in real time without refreshing the browser. Currently, I run a handful of sites related to my art, and am working on a platform called the Current X Change that will allow users to share and sell their digital art. While I don't teach any courses on web development, my experience in web development gives me a more in-depth understanding of online marketing.