There is so much knowledge out there. Rap, as an art, is infinite and even though it allows us to create unique elements, it can also confuse us and wear us out.
Experience is the factor, which is best at guiding you and this article is deriving from that. Here are the 4 dont’s that will help you rise above the rest and achieve your dreams.
1. Don’t get Too Technical
The rap industry is now flooded with rappers, all rapping differently. Some have a great melody to their raps, others are great with the rhyme schemes. What happens when you start watching and comparing your raps to theirs is what I call “perfection paralysis”.
First of all, it takes ages for you to write a couplet, since you’ve decided to include all the rhymes and make it sound good and then get it to mean something and so on. You’re taking too much time and you’re tiring yourself in the process.
Next, you can’t even go to the next couplet, because you still feel that the first couplet needs improvement. You’re paralyzed.
Perfection is a great motivator, but it can really stunt your growth as well. Don’t get too technical, because as long as your couplet has a melody to it and has a meaning, you’ll be fine.
Remember that people won’t analyze your lyrics in such a deep way that you do. It’s all how it sounds with them and what does it mean. Rhymes are there just to alter the melody.
2. Don’t Forget to Have Fun
This is the best piece of advice you could get from anybody. It’s so simple, yet it gives you everything you need. When you’re having fun, your creativity flows though you.
When you’re having fun writing, this is the sign that THIS is the way you should write at THIS stage. Those are the right rhyme schemes. THIS is the perfect subject matter.
If you don’t have fun writing raps, this is the sign that you’re either writing below your level, or above it.
3. Never Stop Learning and Improving
Once you get to the advanced stages of rapping, you might get into the trap of thinking that you know everything. “Now I know how to rap and that’s it.” That’s not quite exactly right.
Yes, you can perhaps write better than the average white guy, but there are kids on the other side of the world, that can run circles around you right now.
There is always something to improve. You can always include new rhyme schemes, new melodies, new punchlines, better subject matter and so on.Remember, there is always something to improve. Never think that you’ve learned it all.
Knowledge grows, or disappears. Never stays constant.
4. Don’t Copy, but Build
I get alot of heat for analyzing rappers flows. People think that since I’m trying to replicate somebody’s rhyme scheme, I’m biting their style, being a copycat. Well, that’s not the case.
History is here for us, so we can learn from it. What good does the songs of Big L do, if you can’t peep his style and look behind the science of writing his bars? It’s all about building on what was already created.
Remember this point of view. It’s all about building on what has already been built, not stealing it-replicating it to the last details. Learn from it, see how it works and then add your own twist and introduce Big L Version 2.0. Introduce Biggie Version 2.0.
Innovation sits on the shoulders of History.