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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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