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1 Easy Method of Writing a Catchy Rap Chorus

 

This is one of the most important aspects of writing a rap song-creating that catchy hook that never leaves people’s minds. How do you do that? Well, there are many ways and blueprints of writing a chorus, but I’ll give you just a few to get you going.

How do you write?

First things first, it all depends on your method of writing a song.

Do you first create the verses and then summarize them with a hook, or you write the hook first and then you write the verses around it?

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I personally prefer writing the verses first and then the chorus, simply because I find my song too vague and shallow, if I write around a chorus I’ve created. I like my songs having an overall concept, which is then enhanced by the actual hook. That’s my though, you can do whatever you feel right.

What’s Important?

The most important factor in a hook is to be catchy.

It might not catch the essence of the verses to the greatest extend, but if it’s catchy, you did your job. The hook is the part, which is repeated the most, so when someone mentions your song to a friend, the first thing that will come to mind will be the chorus.

Think of Eminem’s song “My name is”. What do you remember from it? Do you remember every single bar, or the chorus? What about 50 cent’s “In da club”. You think of the chorus first. That’s why it’s only job is to be catchy and memorable.

How to make it so?

One way to do is this:

1. You think of an expression which is going to be foundation of your chorus. For example “I like boobies”

2. Then, you create two different bars with that expression in them. So the bars might be like

-I like boobies, damn I love em
-I Like boobies, boobies, boobies

3. Then you write another part, which does not have that expression in it, but it’s still revolved around the same issue. This part would act as another reason to remember your chorus. The next couplet can be something like:

-They are soft, They are nice
-Squeeze em once, Squeeze em twice

4. Then you combine all of them in a structure entertainingly. You make up the structure. So, our hook might look like:

I like boobies, boobies, boobies
I like boobies, damn I love em
I like boobies, boobies, boobies
I like boobies, damn I love em

They are soft, They are nice
Squeeze em once, Squeeze em twice
I like boobies, boobies, boobies
I like boobies, damn I love em

The whole thing in this blueprint is revolved around creating a base expression, which is used in different bars. The base expression is the catchy thing, which is remembered.

Another aspect of successful hooks are the hook elements. Those elements which make it more memorable. However, I’ll do a part two on that. Stay tuned.

How do you write your hooks? Do you have a special system or you just write whatever feels right?

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  • Kazual Kakazian
    Kazual Kakazian
    July 24, 2014 at 3:50 am

    pennies i got pennies, panties for pennies
    call me abraham lincholn face of the pennies
    show me your panties, i have many pennies.

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  • Blaze(RM Veteran)
    July 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    This feels quite silly of me, but I find it really difficult writing chorus’. I think I’ve gotten used to rhyming in a complicated style that making something more simple doesn’t feel right to me. I’m starting to break through that a little by sampling a line from a song (Currently working on one using RA the Rugged Mans line ‘I’m just a white boy ruining what blacks invented’ and building around it) But apart from that, it still feels weird to me

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    • July 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      I know what you mean. The secret is to either think of an epic phrase and use the aforementioned technique. The other method is to scat on the beat, get the basic melody pattern and then fill it up with words.

      It all depends on what you want to achieve with the chorus man. I feel that you want to show your listeners the intricate rhyme schemes you’re able to create, you just might need to switch the mindset when you’re creating the chorus.

      Don’t show them the schemes, show them your humor, say something that has a shock value, etc. It’s all about switching it up in my eyes.

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      • Blaze(RM Veteran)
        July 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm

        Thats a good idea, playing with humor and shock and I’ll try to switch up my mind frame as well. I’m also trying to extract a line from Eminem’s Evil Twin song, which is ‘Fuck that, I’d rather be loud and I like swearing’, which plays into the humor and potentially shock if I play the song right.

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  • Anonymous
    July 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    little wiz y

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  • ejraps
    July 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Thanx x10

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  • Thank a lot
    July 4, 2014 at 9:59 am

    thank a lot

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  • Natalia
    June 11, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Lmao funny but helpfull thanx

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  • Isaiah E. Williams
    May 28, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Thank you this helps and added humor..lol

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  • Y.K.
    April 16, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Man, I’m working on a song aimed at all these new age skinny jeans studio gangsta radio rappers. i got 2 verses with 20 bars on each verse. I just can’t seem to come up with a hook for it. I always write my verses first but when it comes to writing hooks I’m lyrically cursed. Maybe i can get a lil help?

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    • PSmooth
      PSmooth
      April 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Yo man i don’t wanna interfere too much with what you wanna do, as you can decide what you do. But, even based on the knowledge shared on this site, before you do a major diss record, wait til you have a little success before spitting that. You might get more hate than those “studio gangstas” themselves. Secondly, dissing has a backlash. It gets you shot, or, if you’re lucky, you blackball yourself. (See Hopsin, Benzino)

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      • Slippery D3V1L (The New Cat)
        Slippery D3V1L (The New Cat)
        July 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm

        Hopsin is doing it right though. Like as an artist, you have to find artists you relate to and see yourself around. I’d rather tour with Hopsin than Lil Wayne. No doubts there. I’d rather tour with Tech than Drake. I’d rather tour with MGK than Kanye. You get the idea. But yes, be careful who you diss. The other party may prove to be smarter or just make their shots dig deeper. You Dont want to get dissed in return and have their diss hit harder. Then all you’ve done is built them hype (see Free-D vs. SlipperyD3V1L for a great example of this phenomena).

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  • Anonymous
    April 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Thanks a lot…

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  • March 25, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Love the info, simple! I freestyle on my beats 8 bars before the hook and then the hook, that’s how I make sure the beat rides! Check my beats out http://DcBeats212.Blogspot.com !
    Look for “Diamond City Beats” on YouTube!

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  • joe
    February 20, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    What is the part 2 to this called?

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  • malik
    January 3, 2014 at 3:43 am

    yaa broo this helped out alot

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  • nanday
    October 31, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    hey where part too at homie.

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  • k.ray
    October 12, 2013 at 2:17 am

    How can I make it easier to come up wit a base expression that’s catchy?

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  • October 11, 2013 at 4:32 am

    I must say that I’ve been impacted with positive knowledge. Nice work dude #0003

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  • D'men Abdullahi
    August 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Hmm,this great man,exellent.thanks for bringing this up man.God bless and give more knowledge…

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  • sojacques
    March 27, 2013 at 5:51 am

    This is a great piece of advice, and not only for rap, but for any type of music. Read the article again, take a guitar, and sing like a country singer: I like boobies boobies boobies, with some simple major chords behind. It will work!

    Check what Dave Grohl said about songwriting, it resonates well with this article: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oojzmjJ3ugE

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  • Enigma
    March 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Damn I like boobs too LOL
    You made me rethink me squeezing the boobs of the chick I am in love with. You devil, you! :D

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  • Anonymous
    February 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks man! I’ve done a lot of research and this is the first article that actually helps! You never dissapoint! :)

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  • D-Ea$y
    D-Ea$y
    February 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I listen to the beat all the way through first and then I make my decision. I usually start with the verse and sometimes I just get an idea for the hook in the middle of writing. I guess it’s because I already have a subject in mind by the time I start writing. But thanks this is the kind of article I needed! I really do need help on making my hooks more catchy.

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    • RappingManual
      March 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      No doubt. I was thinking about the whole concept of writing hooks for quite a while. You know, it actually matters the way in which you write it. Like, there are elements in it, which MAKE it more catchy. Gotta touch on that in a future article. Glad the article is helping!

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