Have you ever wondered why your flow doesn't sound as good as the industry standard? It might seem like the industry rappers are on the next level because the vast majority of them are using the technique which we're about to unveil to you right now. The trick is to:
Create the Skeleton First, Then Fill in the Lyrics
This is a tested and proved method for producing lyrics that are melodic and pleasant to listen to, due to their clear underlying rhyme structure. Among the most popular rappers that are utilizing this method of writing are Snoop Dogg, DMX and Eminem. They all create the skeleton first and then fill in the lyrics. Let's delve deeper into it.
You have to understand that words are sounds and the way you use the rhyme words in your bar determines the way your flow goes. The actual flow of your rapping is the melody made by the succession of the words within that bar, so by consciously placing sounds on certain places, you get to modulate the flow.
The Steps to Consciously Create Your Flow
The first thing you need to do is make the skeleton of rhyme schemes. Do the structure for one verse and then fill it up with lyrics, which match the skeleton's structure. This way, you'll know how your flow will sound before you actually fill in the words.
This means that you can divide it into quatrains-4 quatrains. So you create a rhyme scheme for the first quatrain, then fill it with words. Then create a rhyme scheme for the second quatrain, then fill it with words and so on.
This will give you great freedom, as you can now choose how you can flow. You can choose the intensity of the melody and the frequency of rhymes.
A lot of people write lyrics with the other approach. They just sit down, start from bar one and make up the flow as they go. This is an alternative of course and by all means, if you feel most comfortable with this approach, use it.
Creating the skeleton first is a method, worth trying. The benefits are enormous and some of you might find that it allows you to be more creative and expressive.
What do you think of that approach? Do you think that there is any other method of writing, which is perhaps much better? What is it?