Tips On Writing Rap Lyrics

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Since all of you do an amazing job on decoding genius rap lyrics, do any of you have good tips on writing rap lyrics? I really need help, I’m running out of wordplay.

June 20th, 2011
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I found this post rather useful.. I think the key to good rap is abandoning “true rhyme” and using rhythm to cement otherwise tenuous rhymes

http://rapgenius.com/posts/Rap-genius-university-rhyme-types

June 22nd, 2011
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try seeing an object and think of a good punch line for it, then build around that line

June 22nd, 2011
June 22nd, 2011
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Figure out what the hell you want to talk about first.

June 22nd, 2011

“I press God for blessings, he sends complexions,
Guess he’s testing, so I can comprehend some lessons”

How’s that?

June 23rd, 2011

Songs dont have to have wordplay or metaphors or punchlines to be good man. Tha best music comes from wutever you feel is good. So if you have trouble with your wordplay, just wrie sumthin that doesnt have as much wordplay. If thats wut kind of rapper you are, then you can just take a break, and let it come to you. Dont force any songs. Thats how you write shit lyrics. You just gotta let it flow. Let it write itself. Find your own personal style that fits you best. Dont do punchlines because everyone else does. If you arent really comfortable with punchlines, you shouldnt write them. So like I said, dont force it, and you should do fine.

June 24th, 2011
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I knew you guys were REAL Rap Geniuses. Thank you all, I will take your advice! =D

June 25th, 2011

Idk if this’ll help you but i listen to music and Only the music and while i listen i focus on my mood I’m mostly angry when i do this so most of my lines are full of hatred and stuff but i Listen to OFWG too wen i do so that adds to the feeling.

June 25th, 2011

Another good technique to use in your rap verses are transitions. The beginning of your line should rhyme with the end of your previous line… and then continue from there.

example:

Had no time for the pitty patt, I’ll give ‘em that
The rhythm hit em back wit a right hook
shook it off…

As you can see hit em back rhymes with pitty patt and give em that. Also hook with shook. This is a good way to make your lines flow better.

Another example:

Get back on his feet, work out and eat some Wheaties
Greedy for the cheese, please, most couldn’t fathom
Had em in the cobra clutch, when he spat the mad hymn gems

This time wheaties/greedy and fathom/had em are used as transition rhymes.
Also not the back to back internal rhymes cheese/please, another good technique to add to your rap verses.

June 28th, 2011
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Make a flow first. Let your lyrics go from there.

For example:
Here I sit, with my black pen,
In my basement, o'er this paper,

 Frame the stratagem of a play-er.

Can you tell what the flow is?

June 28th, 2011
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Have a good rhyme scheme. You can always look at the iconic Lose Yourself by Eminem:

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti
He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs,
but he keeps on forgettin what he wrote down,
the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out
He’s choking how, everybody’s joking now
The clock’s run out, time’s up over, bloah!

Masterpiece right there. Remember that rhymes are a part of rap. A very big one. It doesn’t have to be as complex as that but try to have a lot of rhymes.

June 28th, 2011

If you want to write lyrics or poems that rhyme in no time. Then watch this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9JOUdc1ku8 It is completely detailed. There is no time to waste. In less than 10 minutes. The app which irap123, is available for download on android phone. And on windows phone, it is called iLyrics.
It will soon be available, go to my website
http://www.irap123.com where dozens of lyrics have been written using the app.

June 30th, 2011

^first spam on RG?

July 1st, 2011

Something I usually do :Think of a normal line, no simile no metaphor no punchline. Like something like, “I was on my way to school” then just make the 2nd line an add on to the first. “I was on my way to school, on my way to greatness” something as simple as adding that could be delivered as a good punchline. So its basically saying while your on the bus or wwalking to school, its the same path that leads to greatness. Or, what I call a 4 liner. Usually a continued metaphor. “I get sick around wackness and suddenly got the flu by you” and think about what you can say to make the flu (wackness) go away. This was kinda bad cause I wasnt prepared but I hope you got something outta this lol.

July 10th, 2011