There are some exercises you could do, which would improve your writing skills, if you do them on a regular basis. I used to do all three of them at one point, so I can guarantee that they will get you results.

1.  Duplicate Songs

What you do is:

-Pick a favorite song of yours
-Write down the lyrics
-Rap along with the song(rap it exactly as the rapper does it)
-Get the Instrumental of the Track
-Use the same rhyme structures of the official song, but write your own lyrics
-Perform it


What this would do for you, is that it will help you to see the actual techniques your favorite rapper used. You’ll be able to get a close look at his creativity and familiarize yourself with the way he has written a specific song.

  • How did they formulate lyrics?
  • Why did they talk about this subject matter?

Picking apart their work, would allow you to answer the questions above and get a great insight into the techniques they’ve used. Once you know the stock methods, you can then take and personalize anything you like. Add some of your flavor to it and make it yours. Upgrade it!

So, this can be a very helpful exercise.

Further Reading: How to Improve Your Rap Delivery Right Now

2. Paragraph Writing

What you do is:

-Write down a few sentences on any subject you want.(No rhymes, regular formulated sentences)
-Choose an instrumental
-Try to convert the short essay into a verse


This is quite good, since it develops your ability to stay on point, once you start rhyming.

We all know that we have that bad habit of wondering off to some other none related topic, just because the rhyming set is leading you there. We lose focus and our content goes all over the place.

This technique will polish up your skill of saying exactly what you want, but in rhyme form. When you do it for a while, you’ll be able to write a simple sentence, in a complicated rhyme structure, while maintaining the concentration of its actual meaning.

It’s a very good exercise. I do recommend it.

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3. Innovative Schemes


This is something which you can train yourself to do. Try and create a new rhyme scheme with every new song you write. Don’t just use your old and proven rhyme schemes. Experiment. Always keep your mind open for new ways of writing and rapping. The moment you stop learning is the moment you start dying!

Further Reading: Rhyme Scheme of the Week(Ride on our Enemies)

Do you have any questions or comments? How did you improve your writing? Which method did you use?

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  • varun Gupta

    good one keep it up

  • rohit aggarwal

    Thanks for the information

  • writemypaper

    Superb tips for beginning rapper

  • Ehelper

    That is pretty nice tips. Especially duplicating songs is good for beginner to learn to keep the rhythm.

  • April Cook

    I like your tip to write a paragraph and then turning it into verse. My cousin loves rapping, but like you mentioned he struggles to stay on topic once he gets rhyming. I think this practice would really help him. Thanks for the great tips.

  • Lord Puente (RM Veteran)

    I personally don’t have any go to rhyme schemes or any written down to refer to, which I probably should. But for me I find it easier to just grasp their flow and somewhat replicate it with my own twist on it.

    For me it’s more difficult to try to copy someone’s exact rhyme scheme vs just making my own version of it that goes well with how I spit and flow

  • Riva

    Hi I’m duplicating Nas’ NY State Of Mind and I’d like of anyone could send me a link to the instrumental Thanks,

  • VeStaR

    Great stuff, I’m a South African
    And the mainstream is finally catching up with hip hop..
    But the shit Niggas put out here is not in my taste level.. I want more lyrics in my songs but how do I achieve that without boring the audience?

  • Blacc Billz

    I am a signed Rap Artist out of California. Anyone who needs a ghost writer or help with working a project email me. Serious up-and-coming artists only. Want to hear my work, email me and we will go from there. Let’s get it

    • Tony C a.k.a Tokey

      Im a starting out rapper i go by Tokey and i have a up coming mix ima be on an i need some flow advice an word choice, if you can help hmu on my emial or kik me at Tony_c223

    • Innerlife

      Hey my man I could use your help forsure. Could you give me your email or send one to mine?

    • Anonymous

      My name Eric I’m a up coming artist out of Arkansas my rapper name hood rich hmu I’m trynna work on sum new

    • Anonymous

      My name Eric I’m a up coming artist out of Arkansas my rapper name hood rich hmu I’m trynna work on sum new

    • celi p

      Wanna have a project with u blacc a nigerian and upcoming star in nigeria..I believe we can both do this together..pls leave me a reply as soon as possible in my email..thanks

    • Joezy UG

      i need u 2 write me killa lyrics
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      Joezy UG

    • simeon

      Yeah, it won’t let me email you, so if you can email me please it would be approciated

    • Nicholas Farnum

      What is your email I’m been rapping for a while now I think some one who could help will be great

    • Anonymous

      i would like some help on my new rap

  • Taste

    How cn I get d book, rappers manual, need d stuff big tym

  • Taste

    How cn I get d book, rappers manual,

    • ananymos



    Whats good everybody? Im in the process of devolving my flow and would like to get some input as far as my delivery goes any type of feedback on this aspect would be highly appreciated . here’s a link to a verse I just did (my verse is the first one ) hope to hear from someone soon & thanks in advance folks.

    • Kami

      I seriously enjoyed listening. Your lyrics flow together very well, damn near professionally. Do you have other songs I could listen to? If so, email me.

  • ngonga

    read a couple of books,the local news paper or watch some tv.The books will help you learn new words to keep your rhymes fresh,the news papers and tv will keep in touch with the world,it is important for a rapper to know what’s trending.People relate to rappeers who wright about real time events and topics!

  • Lukas Šarlauskas

    Great tips. I used to write lyrics without having a particular plan of the song. They were chaotic. The things that rhymed with each other controled and shifted all the song to different directions.

    These tips are great and essential information on how to write a song. Thanks, man, appreciate all your work and effort!

    • RappingManual

      Hey Lukas,

      I’m glad you find the article helpful. The truth of the matter is that most rappers fall into that trap in the beginning. After some practice and development, you get the needed skills and move to the next level, where you control the dynamic of both the content and the flow.

      • G-spittah

        But it kills the flow very badly …cuz i use to sit down and starting flow in the air…flow becomes good but the lyrics becomes nonsense almost …haha i hope you gonna give me some advice on this matter.. Thx

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