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Do This 1 Easy Thing and Improve Your Rap Flow Immediately

 

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.

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Build the Skeleton First

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.

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Create Your Own Flow

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?

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  • cledwyn
    September 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I was reading asap rocky drake and Kendrick lamar fucking problem lyrics on rap genius and on kendrink Lamar verse someone quoted the he is rapping in triple meter I am lost as to hat that means?

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    • SlipperyDeViL(RM Veteran)
      September 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      So he’s triple time rapping which is faster than double time rapping. Triple time rapping is rapping three syllables in syncopation so

      Dadada dadada dadada dadada

      Or double time

      Dada dada dada dada dada

      So on so forth.

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      • cledwyn
        September 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

        Hey thanks so much bro I really appreciate that OK. Can you tell me by underlying where the the triple meter occurs in the lyrics
        Yeah hoe this the finale
        My pep talk turn into a pep rally
        Say she’s from the hood but she live inside the valley now
        Vacate in Atlanta, then she going back to Cali
        Got your girl on my line, world on my line
        The irony I fuck ‘em at the same damn time
        She eyeing me like a nigga don’t exist
        Girl, I know you want this dick
        Girl, I’m Kendrick Lamar
        Aka Benz is to me just a car
        That mean your friends need to be up to a par
        See my standards are pampered by threesomes tomorrow
        Kill ‘em all dead bodies in the hallway
        Don’t get involved listen what the crystal ball say
        Halle Berry, hallelujah
        Holla back I’ll do ya, beast

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  • Anonymous
    September 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    So disgusted Can`t be trusted wit this Hot Dog Mustard

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  • Anonymous
    September 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Slant rhymes.

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  • alpha male
    August 12, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Even when i do dis i dont notice a xhange even mqkin sure each line has same syllables in it and writin to a beat grid what i mean is i write down 1 to 16 and underneath i put my lyrics itdoesnt sound much better i admit i get lazy suntines n stick with rhyme on da 4th beat but more often then not i do internals too i have exoerinented with all different rhyme schemew any tips going and is der any other method of imrovin delievery (rap voice)

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    • Elite
      September 19, 2014 at 9:47 am

      The best way to improve delivery or rap voice I find is to not think of it as your rap voice. Listen to till I collapse by eminem then listen to guts over fear also by eminem notice his rap voice is different in both. It is all about the emotion and point you are trying to get across if your rapping a song about being upset you don’t want to sound happy do you get what I mean.

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  • Tonio
    June 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    So you just draw the skeleton?.But how ?. With words ?. And then you fill it up how ?.

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    • June 28, 2014 at 10:30 am

      The skeleton is done by figuring out the rhyme schemes. Then you just fill it in with words.

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      • Anonymous
        July 30, 2014 at 12:50 am

        I am so confused about the skeleton. So is the skeleton the bar and then you put your words with it? Someone please help me out I’m so confused.

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      • Calvin
        July 30, 2014 at 12:54 am

        I’m a bit confused on what a rhyming scheme is so one help me out.

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        • Nemo
          August 10, 2014 at 11:58 am

          Skeleton means designing the rhyme scheme first. It means planning where would you place the words that rhyme, rhymes you gonna compound and the placement of pauses, approximate length of the bar, etc.
          Skeletons are mostly relative and not so far often completely absolute.

          Say the rhyme scheme you planned is

          ____1____2/
          ___21,___2/
          (Length of the bars: 10-12 syllable)

          Now what ever content you have, just try putting it in this manner. 1 represents a rhyme word, 2 represents a different rhyming word. And comma represents pause. The scheme depends on the beat you have.

          Skeleton is famously used by Rakim. Most of his tracks have a planned placement of words.

          Follow the link for more knowledge about rhyme schemes:
          http://rappingmanual.com/science-of-rap-rhyme-schemes/

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          • buggy X
            buggy X
            August 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm

            Great tip Nemo…. And can you please tell me why the rhyme scheme must depend on the beat, I don’t have any knowledge on recording and instrumentals so your response would be of great help


          • Slippery D3V1L (RM Veteran)
            September 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

            @Buggy X: a rhyme scheme can be any length, and isn’t restricted to the beat. Say I use the word “multisyllabic”.

            Break it up and match words to rhyme:

            MUL/ most/ golden/ whole/ flows and
            TI/ guys/ lines/ ryhme
            SYL-A/ kill it/ Fila-
            BIC/ with/ -ments

            Most guys kill it with golden filaments/
            Whole flows and lines rhyme multisyllabic/

            So you could base the rhyme schemes off the one word, or use many small words:

            I fly higher than a kite when I rhyme hard/
            Its time to get mine, Lard, I’m primed to get dime/

            1- I/ fly/ higher/ kite/ rhyme/ time/ mine/ primed/ dime/
            2- hard/ Lard

            And then any word that doesnt actual rhyme is a “-”

            So

            111—1-112/
            -1–12-1–1/


      • Richie
        August 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

        Go Listen to My Song and tell me how you like it http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JwKYocngC9k

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  • Canier Jones
    June 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Check out My Freestyle to Drake’s 0 To 100

    I would really appreciate feedback, thanks in advance!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyVzO5Xmk6k

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  • Akshay Sodhi
    June 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Would u say or could u say that flow is basically riding with the beat an rhyming on the clap or drum

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  • Phil Good
    Phil Good
    June 5, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I’m an up and coming rapper trying to master every element of rap. Could you listen to my song and give me feedback on what I need to improve on. I’d greatly appreciate it . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C6hhm6ARPE

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  • BKusch
    BKusch
    June 3, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Do you think you can listen to the two songs I have and give me feedback. I just started writing and it’s just for fun but I still want it to sound like something decent. I think I need work on my flow and switching rhyme schemes. This is all being done with garageband on my mac and recorded with the built in microphone. https://soundcloud.com/brent-kuschewski/tracks

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    • June 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Your flow has structure to it and that’s cool. Nice rhyming as well. The one thing missing is the animation in your voice. It’s too monotone to listen to and your songs would feel much better if there is more emotion in your voice. That’s my opinion.

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  • Karl Navarro
    Karl Navarro
    May 22, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Im so frustrated. i have a ton of lyrics but when i put on a song instrumental or one of my instrumentals and try to rap to it i can never find the flow so that my voice doesn’t sound monotone.

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  • Mike West
    May 21, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    So for a beginner what would be the best method of practicing this technique?? exp plz?

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  • Jaga Jonez
    April 3, 2014 at 6:56 am

    http://youtu.be/laLco_BrvjI this link is tech n9ne talking about this similar technique

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  • Elite
    March 28, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I just did this to test out the method does it seem like I’m doing it correctly

    –1-1
    23-1–3-23
    41-4123-42-4-2-1-1
    –smash-bash
    Ur face-ask– praise- desgrace
    Earwax–queer twat-ur place- Here mate-fear–rate-last .
    Better watch out coz you know I’ll smash n bash 
    ur face don’t wanna catch you tryna get praise 
    Coz when you rhyme it is a desgrace  
    So I force feed you earwax 
    Shouldn’t be queer twat 
    But you should know ur place isn’t Here mate I know that fear ya rate but ur last 
    Bi-atch!

    I know some words seem spelt wrong but that’s just how I’d pronounce them

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    • mclearenld
      May 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      you cant just start without expirience under your belt half the succesful rappers out there rap off expirience in there life such as hard times and trynna make money for the honey and to put bread in there tummies ha just dont think about it and speak life within what you see talk like a normal person and throw in some ryhmes

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  • Elite
    March 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I can rhyme words good, use wordplay metaphors ect and change my tone of voice for certain bars but a lot of my bars keep the same flow and my flow changes are pretty obvious so how can I prevent this

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    • March 30, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Experiment man. Don’t rely on one technique for too long. The best way to refresh your rapping is to write a verse, using techniques that you’ve never used. It might feel weird at first, but then you can compare this new style of writing with your old one, eliminate the extremes, pick what you like and start using it more often.

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  • Elite
    March 27, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I understand this but how does this improve your flow all you seem to be doing is choosin what words you are going to rhyme before you know what you want to say

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  • Tilo
    February 25, 2014 at 3:14 am

    In the example rap skeletons what do the lines in between the ones mean. What should we put there? And the oness are the rhyming words right?

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  • Tre Bryan
    February 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t quite understand. Does’t writing like that limit you to adding more Rhymes in? For example if you were to do something like

    ____1
    __1__1
    _____1
    __1__1

    would it not limit the possibility of changing the rhyme scheme mid verse like some rappers do so it could look like

    __1__1
    _____1
    __1__1
    1____1

    if you get what I’m saying… or some people like to switch the sound they are rhyming with by starting the new line with the something that rhymes with the previous sound so it flows better..Idunno it seems kinda limiting. Someone should explain further

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    • February 23, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      It all depends on how are you more comfortable. It’s all about maintaining balance. Keeping the skeleton dynamic is a vital skill. You can change the rhyme midway, but once you do, you know where you’re going next.

      If you don’t have an overall look into how you want to sound, your bars won’t sound cohesive. They’ll be separate pieces of a puzzle that don’t match.

      Allow yourself to implement changes to your skeleton whenever you feel the need to. Don’t scrap the whole skeleton though, as it gives you a general look into to way your overall performance would sound and combine with the other instruments.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Could you listen to a song for me? Ive never written using a skeleton and its mind blowing! Id like to think my rhymes are advanced with out it can you give it a listen? rawmclex.bandcamp.com first song on the page. “Maserati”

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    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Ay man that is some sick stuff keep going it’s really good. I’m confused on how to use the skeleton could u give me some tips please.

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  • Anonymous
    November 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I feel as if there is a syllable equivalent to the equations above or below, because the length of a line is also important

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    • November 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Yes there is. However, the syllable equivalent is a variable, depending on the tempo of the beat. The higher the tempo(bpm), the lower the number of syllables that can be contained on a bar.

      Good observation though!

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  • Thomas Murphy
    September 10, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I’m still confused by the structure. This question is going to sound really retarded but I’m kind of new in a way to the whole rapping and rhyming thing. Compared to my friends who actually record I’m a amature. How exactly would you structure the skeleton to match the rythem you’re looking for? I just tried it a few time and It made no sense on structuring your rhymes before you even give the actual rhyme it’s meaning. Where’s the math come in? I want to get this right, I feel like I have so much I could do with this but I can’t seem to get it out correctly. Please help me better understand this structure technique!

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    • September 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

      I see.

      Well, first thing you can do is think of what you want to say. Just a sentence.

      After you know your sentence, pick one word from that sentence. This is going to be your rhyme. Now, decide where do you want your rhyme and how many times do you want to place it, within the bar/couplet/quatrain.

      Once you know this, just think of different rhymes to this word of yours. So, if you’ve decided to put your rhyme word, on every fourth beat, you need to think of 3 more rhymes of this rhyme word and your structure will look like this:
      —–a
      —–a
      —–a
      —–a
      (Use number/letters, doesn’t matter. As long as you know the placement of your rhymes)

      After you have your rhymes and your structure, you can paraphrase your first sentence so, it ends on the rhyme word. After you’ve done that, think of another sentence(a follow up of your argument). After you have it, paraphrase it, so it ends with the rhyme word, that you used for bar 1.

      This is the fundamental knowledge. Once you learn how to play with one rhyme, you’ll eventually be able to write complex rhyme schemes, full of metaphors and wordplay.

      Practice those for now and see where it takes you. Hope that explains it.

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  • KeShaun Camon
    August 29, 2013 at 1:02 am

    So like label how you want your rhyme scheme? Example aabb then abaa? through out the song or what? Thanks again!

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    • August 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      It depends on how do you want to mark your rhymes. After a while, it gets pretty advanced and rhyme schemes get increasingly liquid, but the basic principle is that you choose on which beat you’ll place your rhymes and any additional sounds you’d like to include.

      That’s it man, it’s pretty simple. You can use that to make sure that your bars sound right. After you’re sure that they sound right, you can fill them up with punchlines and get people wondering how did you do it.

      Regards,
      RappingManual

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  • Terrell
    August 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    This is what sup…I produce really well but I never could really rap but just a little maybe for like two smashing bars then I get lost and I cant keep going…and when I write I think this is going to help me out alot thnx

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  • SeanStacks23
    June 21, 2013 at 3:48 am

    I’m going to try this…I’ve thought about it before but never did it lol

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  • george
    April 12, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Is this way more effective

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  • Shawnz
    February 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I’ll help you out friend it’s like math there is a formula to a flow now the formula is

    —–1
    –1–1

    Now I’m gonna place my rhymes now

    —–amaze
    –ways–plays

    now the words with rhymes

    It started when i was amaze
    of ways how he plays

    you see it now how it works

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  • February 18, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Sorry, how does that 1 and 11 filled? Can u Gimme an example ?? Coz Ma fellow rappers taught me bout writting multi rhymes and in rhymes only.. And i stll working on it.. So what’s that 1 and 11 help me guyz! Thanx

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  • subbu
    February 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    sorry i didn’t get it.. can u explain it with an example??

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    • RappingManual
      February 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Well, you first write your rhyme sctructure-your rhyme scheme. After that, you fill it with words. First create the skeleton of words, then fill it with words. You get me?

      —–1
      –1–1

      and then put in the words.

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  • Shawnz
    February 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Yo a good song is busta rhymes and eminem called I’ll hurt you can hear their voice that matches the melody of the song perfectly

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgEtUuEK-to

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  • blaze
    February 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    usually i let the words guide me to the flow. most of the time it comes out well, though here and there it doesn’t work. il give this style a go

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    • RappingManual
      February 15, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Yeah blaze, this is how most rappers operate actually. I know you love it when you do it as you go, I do to, but when you construct the flow, it’s just more musical man. It’s harder, but it’s worth it! Tell me how it goes.

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  • blackbillyboy19
    February 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Totally agree. This is how I do things.

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  • Enigma
    February 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    It is one of the best ways to get great flow. You can also combine it with jazz scatting on the instrumental you use. That way you can develop a rhytm for your bars and verses. Tech N9ne uses that technique for example to get those nasty flows. He talks about it in a youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laLco_BrvjI

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