We’re all being told that constant practice is the absolute key to mastery. You have to practice all day. Don’t leave your room, before you finish that verse is what you tell yourself.
Of course, trying to perfect your craft is very important, but if it’s not within limits, it can turn into a nightmare.
It can carve you into a great technical rapper, but a sheltered one, with no other experiences, no fun stories to share, no interesting points of view to talk about, no real sense of what different is.
Just another guy, who can rhyme incredibly well, but doesn’t really say anything.
This is where the jist of this lesson comes into play.
Go out and Live life!
Commit yourself to something crazy and experience the feelings it brings you.
Fall in love, get your heart broken. Apply for a shitty job, learn about people there. You need experiences to be a great rapper. If you look around, the most successful rappers are always the ones, who had a crazy life before their rap career took off.
Living a rich life, gives you a big pool of emotions that you can draw from.
It gives you the bird’s eye view when it comes to life and this helps a lot, when you’re writing lyrics. If you’re talking about something, that you’ve gone through, you’re likely to share emotions, that someone is experiencing right now.
You’re already passed the issue, but the listener is in the midst of a storm. That builds a connection.
That’s the only way you could get your feet on the ground. Live life. Don’t be afraid to do new things, because they’re all new experiences.
New experiences let you touch new layers of emotion. New layers of emotion add to your arsenal, which in turn improves your ability to connect with the audience.
Focus on rapping, but don’t make it the center of the universe.
Learn how to balance life and you’ll see how your lyrics will grow. You’ll see how your meanings and metaphors will become rich and touch the souls of your listeners, as they’re coming from a real place.
Don’t forget to rap though.
You’ll only become a master, if you stay diligent throughout the years. You have to put the work in, it’s inevitable. However, don’t shut down the whole world.
We’re rappers and we’re speaking to people. If you don’t know anything about the world your listeners live in, how are you supposed to touch their souls?
Would you agree with what was written here? What is the best way to enrich your lyrics?