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I’m Against the Grain!!

Check out my new rap track (a collab with rapper RJAM). The raps a freestyle to German rapper Fler’s Instrumental “Mein Farbe”.

Listen and tell me what you think via a comment on my Soundcloud channel!!

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A Creative Way to Write a Rap!! (Step by Step for Beginners or Otherwise)

The set I’ve embedded here is the starts of my “Bananas” series. This is one of the most creative ventures I’ve embarked on in rap terms. I’m gonna show you how you could get started doing like I’ve done here.

1: A List of Words

So I started simply with a list of 10 or so words (completely random words) and had to use them ALL in a rap verse/track. The track at the top of the page is the product. All you need is a list of words and some precious time and you can write a rap.

2: How to Use Random Words!

If you are anything like me, when wondering how you could use, for example the word “Bacon”, and get it into context with a rap song, ideas came flooding to me of how I could use it (and have to really). I decided on the idiom “Bring home the bacon”, which I’m sure most people know the meaning of.

“Available for take-out so you can bring home the bacon

Why not dine with G, there’s a fine table waiting”

Having a list of word though (or I find) really helps if you don’t know WHAT ON EARTH you want to write about, but you wanna write!

3: Writing Lines

Once you’ve got the context, you can crack on to writing lines. So you’ve got a line with the word in. The last syllable (or two+ syllables if you can manage) should rhyme. For the example used in the previous section, “Ba-con” rhymes with…. “Ta-ken”, “Rat-ing”…….. ah “Wai-ting” ((it is always useful to break the words down into number of syllables)).

4: Finding a Beat??

A beat of course is essential IF you want to record the rap afterwards, or share it.

If you do, there are many handy places you could find free beats to use. Some that I’ve used in the past are Passion Hi-Fi Free Beats and Russian Boys Free Beatz. Now, of course, you can make your own if you have the right software (such as Ableton Live), using the basic instruments of a hip-hop track; Kick + snare (at a 4/4 rhythm), hi-hats (often on every 1/16th bar), a bass-line (Double bass works… sub-bass… or jazz bass), and perhaps a synth, keys or some strings of some sort.

If you have no aim of recording it, you could try and get an instrumental copy of one of your favourite rap tracks ((or even pop, rock, dance or R&B)). Although I atleast find the rap shapes itself more writing to the beat, you could choose not to use a beat at all!!

5: Fitting to the Beat

Now (especially) if you have never written a rap before, this is the part the needs best to be explained. For the sake of a first rap, lets just say each line you’ve thought up will take up one bar of music (4 beats: Kick, snare, kick, snare). This really, is the part that makes this a rap not a poem:

You must flow to the beat… By this I mean, the words you drop at the same as the drum hits – kick or snare alike – must be stressed. This means they are louder and clearer and often are longer. You can plan before-hand the flow and which words are going to be on the beat, or you don’t have to. Unless you can count bars while rapping, however, you might lose your place a little and the bars will (or your lines will) start and end in odd places, and you (probably) don’t want that.

If you are confused about what I mean about flowing to the beat, check out my track at the top of the page and listen to the stressed syllables (and pick out the beat). I’ll also show you a flow diagram of my track and how I mapped out the syllables in accordance to the 1, 2, 3 and 4 beats (to show you what I mean by this:)

1 2 3 4
                           Teenage
Boy sitting on his Bed thinking up Rhymes all the Time if you were in my
Shoes you’d have a Lot goin’ through your Mind Uh     Takin’ it
Out on a Drum beat A through to Zee, thats Comp-lete
White like Pie crust… Why rap, cos I must
Simply  Put                                  its Poetry in Motion, ya
Straight from the Can, I’m Fresh from the O-cean Plenty more
Fish in the Sea though, but Not quite like Me bro I’ll
Roll out red Carpets, five Star is my Tar-get
Aim-ing for Best in the Mar-ket I’ll
Never give ya Beef…. Even if ya Ask for it
Avail-able for Take out so you can Bring home the Ba-con Why
Not dine with G, there’s a Fine table Wait-ing
Ink leaking onto the Page like an Oil Slick This
Type of crea-tiv Ity, ya can’t Foil It But
State schools always Man-age to Spoil It
Put that in your pipe And smoke it
Tar and nic- Atine Up in a Jib-jab
Trip on That like Slippery Tiles
Beneath your Flip-flops Poison your Lungs
Til Sh*t stops

So, as you can see, the stressed syllables fall on the beats, a line takes up a bar, and most of the rhymes are on the 4 beat (and nearly every one is a multisyllable rhymes (which I’m about to cover)

6: Multi-Syllable

This of course means they are not elementary rhymes like “Cat” and “Hat”… but “Mar-ket” and “Tar-get”, or even “Drum Beat”, “Com-plete”. As you can see by the examples, they do not have to be perfect rhymes, like “Motion” and “Ocean” is, but can have similar enough sounds (like “MarKet” and “TarGet”). This still sounds just as good and opens up many many doors and possibilities. Don’t restrict yourself- if it works it works!!

7: Keeping It Simple

Multisyllable rhymes are generally better sounding and almost definitely more unique. But if you don’t want to use them, thats alright. If you are just starting, don’t force it. Don’t force yourself to write multisyllables. Cos when I started, I know I certainly didn’t. It was hard enough to write those lines already, right? When you’ve written several, try stepping it up a level and using multi-syllables.

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You Know What It Is; Canary Yellow

Posted my new track to Soundcloud a couple of days ago now, a fun parody of Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” (not a diss song). The track, as any Norfolkers may of guessed, is about Norwich City FC. Check it out!!

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NEW TRACK: T££nag£r (Bananas #1) — FREE DL (Soundcloud)

Here’s my new track- tell me what you think of it!

T££nag£r is the first track in the “Bananas” Series- I’ll explain a little about the idea behind the series:

For each track in this series, I’ve had a list of words- the words I laid in a competitive game of Bananagrams (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bananagrams).
I’ve then set myself the challenge of having to use every word from that list in a rap!

This was my list of 13 words for Bananas #1:
Boy
Bed
Shoes
Drum
Zee
Pie
Can
Carpet
Dine
Oil
Tar
Jab
Tiles

I have already written Bananas #2 and Bananas #3, which I will record soon!

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New Page: Criminal (Sugar Sugar)

Check out my new page “Criminal (Sugar Sugar)” where you can listen to my latest track, and read the meaning or message behind my lyrics. I will soon be posting the lyrics to Criminal on Rap Genius, and will link to the lyrics in my page 🙂

https://geomsmusicblog.wordpress.com/my-songs/criminal-sugar-sugar/

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Criminal (Sugar Sugar)

I have now uploaded the finished version of my track “Criminal (Sugar Sugar)” to my SoundCloud channel. If you have time, have a listen! (Sign up for Soundcloud here!!)

You can also watch it on my Youtube (below). Please give me a like, comment, and subscribe!! 🙂

The cover is my own, and is a play on the Double Decker (chocolate bar) wrapper design, but instead reading the title of my track 😀 Tell me what you think 🙂

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Show ’em Whatcha Got- Hip-Hop/Rap Beat

Hey all!!

Firstly, my upcoming track “Criminal (Sugar Sugar)” is soon to be uploaded to my Soundcloud Channel, so stay tuned 😉

Secondly, I have posted a preview of a hip-hop beat I am working on in Ableton Live 8.0; “Show ’em Whatcha Got“. This is the first beat I have created solely (all though I had input in all my previous tracks), and would really appreciate some feedback. If you haven’t got a SoundCloud account, you’re of course very welcome to leave feedback in the comments at the bottom of the page 🙂