Writing & Recording Your First Rap Song
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Writing & Recording Your First Rap Song

Learn How To Rap With Simple Step By Step Instructions For Your First Song
4.4 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
493 students enrolled
Created by Donovon Jenson
Last updated 9/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create rap songs from start to finish
  • Choose the right instrumentals
  • Write verses, choruses, intros and outros
  • Record confidently
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  • You don't need any previous knowledge before starting this course
  • The more music theory or language arts you understand the easier this will be, but it's not required
  • You will need a microphone and recording software, there are recommendations in the course

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone that wants to learn how to make a rap song as a rapper
  • This course is NOT for individuals interested in audio production
  • This course is for beginners and walks you through your first song
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
Getting Started
3 Lectures 09:41

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.

Preview 06:15

This lesson has the instrumental and script for this course. Make sure you download it so you can make your rap song!

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Understanding Beats
3 Lectures 13:46

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.

Preview 05:41

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.

Counting Bars & Flow

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.

Song Structure

Understanding Beats Review
3 questions
Writing Your Song
7 Lectures 37:24

Choruses anchor your song. This lesson will teach you at a high level what choruses usually contain.

How to Write a Chorus

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!

Writing Your Chorus (Exercise)

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.

How To Write A Verse

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.

Writing Your First Verse (Rhymes Exercise)

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.

Writing Your Second Verse (Freewriting Exercise)

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.

Writing Your Third Verse (Outline Exercise)

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!

Writing an Intro & Outro

Writing Your Song Review
3 questions
Recording Your Song
5 Lectures 26:02

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.

Vocals & Delivery

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.

Basic Recording Ideas

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.

Recording In 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. 

Ad-Libs (optional)

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.

Polishing Your Song

Recording Your Song Review
3 questions
Now You Have A Song!
1 Lecture 04:52

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.

Next Steps
About the Instructor
Donovon Jenson
4.6 Average rating
114 Reviews
6,351 Students
6 Courses
Author, Entrepreneur, Poet, Rapper

Hey there! 

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. 

Want to find out more? Check out my site, How To Happy

"Best rap advice ever this helped me so much thank you" - Quote from an early student

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.