• DON'T try to explain the obvious
Avoid annotating trivial or self-explanatory lines. Not everything needs to be annotated and it actually takes more effort to say interesting things about uninteresting lyrics.
Basic lines may seem easier to break down, but they’re much harder to break down well. If you’re not careful you end up with annotations that are:
- shorter than the lyrics they are meant to be explaining (beware the one-liner!)
- lazy rewordings of the original lyrics (often padded out with “Rapper X is saying that…”)
- just pictures without any words
- written in nerdspeak
These are all tell-tale signs that you’re trying to explain something that doesn’t really need explaining. They’re also the kind of annotations that get rejected en masse. Choose lines that are already interesting, at least when starting out — it’s a much safer strategy.
Going along with this, don’t EVER use the phrase “Rapper X is saying” or “Rapper X says” or any variation of that. Just start your annotation from after that. Be confident in your annotation if you really think it’s right! Especially if you’ve got support to back it up
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