I’m going to assume you’re interested in rap music, but you don’t know where to start. What do you need to know to write a rap song? How do you do it? Don’t worry, this course will walk you through, step by step, how to make your own rap song, even if you know nothing at all to begin with. If you’ve ever wanted to make a rap song, this is a great place to start.
If you’ve never written a song before or are a complete beginner, this course is designed for you. I developed it to give you very clear, actionable steps on writing your first song. I’ve even picked out an instrumental that I’ll share with you, and then we’ll walk through each step of creating a song, together.
The course starts with very high level concepts, so you broadly understand how to accomplish your goals, and then we filter those concepts into specific, actionable components. I’ll essentially write a song with you, while providing a framework for you to follow along. You can follow me as closely as you’d like, depending on whether you want flexible freedom or more structured guidance. By the time you’re done with this course, you will have completed your first rap song!
One final thought, if you have any desire to rap, you should take this course. Really. There’s no certain stereotype you need to fit to be able to rap. Anyone is capable of creating a rap song about whatever topic they choose if they have the drive. There are no rules. There are, however, underlying techniques, which influence rap skill. Those techniques can be taught to anyone. Do not let preconceived notions or stereotypes stop you from trying something you’re interested in. Now let’s get started!
Before starting, we need to find creative flow. It's important to have the right mindset before trying to write and record your first song.
This lesson has the instrumental and script for this course. Make sure you download it so you can make your rap song!
Before starting a song, you need an instrumental (or beat). This lesson will give you a few things to pay attention to in your instrumental.
Counting bars is extremely important for writing a rap song. In this lesson you'll learn how to count bars and I'll give you some examples using our instrumental.
To create a song, you need to understand its structure. Once you understand your rap song's structure you can break down the workload into manageable pieces.
Choruses anchor your song. This lesson will teach you at a high level what choruses usually contain.
In this lesson you'll see me write a chorus, step by step, so you can follow along. As you watch this lesson, write your own chorus!
This lesson contains a high level view of how to write verses and what they contain. After this lesson you'll understand what verses typically contain.
This is one of three exercises for writing your first rap verse. This exercise is about using rhymes to map your song. I write a verse and you can follow along.
This is the second of three exercises. Freewriting is a method that has you write as quickly as possible, then edit. I'll show you how to use this method in this lesson and you can follow along.
This is the last exercise for writing a verse which is outlining plot points. I write my own verse using this exercise and you can follow along. When you're done you should have the three verses for your rap song created.
There are a few more sections to fill in for your song, the intro and outro. These are small sections so this lesson covers what to put in your intro and outro and I'll also be writing mine. At the end of this, you should have completely written your first rap song!
This lesson will give you a few mindset tips for making sure your delivery is solid. You'll know what kind of things you should be thinking about as you go to record.
In this lesson we focus on the actual act of recording. You need a microphone and audio software, then you need to set it up properly. After this lesson you'll have a few basic ideas on how to start recording.
In this lesson I explain how you can record your song in pieces instead of one giant take. At the end of this lesson, you'll understand how to break up your rap song into manageable vocal chunks.
In this lesson we talk about what ad-libs are and how to add them to your song if that's something you're interested in.
Now that you've recorded your song, there's a couple finishing touches. In this lesson, I'll explain what other things you might want to look for before you consider your song complete.
You've created a rap song! There's still more work to be done though. In this lesson, I cover more ideas about how to rap and improve.
There are two main focuses to my work - The psychology of happiness and rap music. A little different, but that's what I know the most about! I'd love to have you join thousands of my other students.
I studied psychology at the University of Utah and ever since then I've been interested in what creates happy, productive, friendly individuals. Over the last 6 years, I've cultivated an understanding of some of these principles and I'm happy to share them with you now.
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I am also a rap and poetry coach that would love to help you take your lyricism and talents to the next level.
I have been rapping for over 10 years and teaching rap for 5 years. I've won several awards for both rap and poetry. For the last 4 years, I've been running a how to rap channel on Youtube that provides various tips and tricks for aspiring artists.
If there's ever anything I can do to help you, please let me know.