How To Rap To A Beat
Are you an aspiring recording music artist? Is it your life long goal and dream to make it to the top and be the best of the best? Do you constantly dream about what it would be like to rap on tracks with people like Jay-Z or even J. Cole?
It doesn’t matter how much experience you have at rapping it can happen. Even if you’re a complete noob this article will teach ou everything you nee to knowto help you get started and on your way.
The Backbone & The Basics
First off, before you even get started you need to know the basics of what you’re dealing with and how to build upon it.
Essentially, the backbone of your rap is the Hip Hop or Rap Beat. This is what you will be building everything on. It’s basicaly the foundation. Just think of a house. You can’t build a house without foundation or else it wold fall. This is the same principe that applies to rapping. The foundation to your rap is the beat.
It is vital that you understand Hip Hop Beats and how they are structured. Understanding the structure of beats will help your raps sound more natural, and you will be able to flow with the Hip Hop Beat easier.
Stay On Point With The Beat
Eventhough there are many styles of rapping, the lyrics and flow stillmoves smoothly around the beat.
Staying in sync with the beat and having good timing is key to your rapping succes. You need to be able to determine how fast to rap and when to start and stop on the Hip Hop Beat.
It can be a pretty serious when a rapper has no sense of rhythm and is totally off beat. It ruins the rap. Master the delivery and timing of your raps and you’re good to go.
Tempo Of The Hip Hop Beat
It is important that you understand what the tempo (speed/timing aka bpm) of the beat is before you start rapping. It is essential that you understnd this otherwise your lyrics will be all over the place.
The best way to master the timing/tempo game is to align your raps and lyrics with the drums (preferably the snare drum). Keep a steady pace and speed ove the beat. It can get hard for your listeners to follow your lyrics if you keep changing the pace. Although, on occassion this could sound really cool and catch your listeners by surprise.
The Hip Hop Instrumental’s Structure
The structure and foundation of the track sets the tone for every thing. It doesn’t matter if you’re just a freestyle rapper or a seasoned professional rapper, understanding the platform and building blocks of the beat is crucial.
The most common structure of a beats is shown below (with a few exceptions):
Verse 3 (optional)
Outro (This is where you talk your shit and shout out to a million and one friends you may have…)
You’ll have much more success if you can figure out when the verse stops and the hook begins. The example above is typical but can be changed around in some areas. It would be wise of you to thoroughly go the the Hip Hop Beat you will be recording on and take note of where the verses and hooks are supposed to be.
As you may know the voice is an instrument in itself. It is important that the tone and character of you voice compliments the sound of the other instruments within the beat. Sounding off key when rapping can destroy your song from the jump.
The Round Up
Study your favorite rap song and how the artist put them together. Try to spot where and when the hook drops and the rap verses come in. Doing this a few times can give you an idea of what you need to do.