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  • Free-D (RM-Veteran)
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    I believe the best way to get your mind off of the buzz of ideas, is to try implement them.

    Sounds kinda unrealistic but, truth is, translating ideas into actions can teach you way more lessons and it improves your growth and your idea itself.

    • Far-Nu
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      Ah damn it. I’ve changed my name btw.

  • Nemo
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    I keep giving up. Not for a bad performance perhaps, but I think I write only to distract myself when I want to avoid everything else that’s fucked up in my life. I am not dedicated to the craft but I want to be.

  • Anonymous
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    How do you know when you’ve gotten good at rapping ? Like is it the rhyming that makes you good ? Or metaphors , similes , wordplay , etc .

  • Doc Ockham
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    My problem is that I just cannot stop thinking of rhymes. It’s like Eminem says in The Art of Rap, “I drive myself crazy with it.” I’ve trained my brain for so long to make these asinine, cross-connections that it won’t turn off. I guess this is a good thing, because I never get writer’s block or lack for a direction to go when I’m writing, but it can be harmful, too. Because if I have a single phrase to rhyme, I can come up with literally a thousand rhymes for it, and I want to include them all, so I never move on to the next in the song. I considered for five seconds becoming the first rapper to span an entire career with one rhyming-phrase, but that would get tedious fast. Whole songs have been done, so I might drop a whole album with one phrase, but that would be kind of gimmicky. Anyway, sorry for rambling.

    • RappingManual
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      Lol, I totally get you man. It’s cool to think of something that interests you, but at some point you feel that you can’t stop. Your mind keeps on going and going, it starts feeling like torture at one point. Gotta find the balance, cuz we’ll drive ourselves crazy man lol.

      As far as the one phrase song, you can do one phrase verses. In the first verse, put “I like this” or any other phrase at the start or finish of each bar/couplet and you get the repetition you want, without it being tedious. It’s not tedious, because the fresh content goes after the phrase.

    • DemoKing Tapes
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      It also seems to me like you’ve hit a great momentum and that’s amazing man, keep at it! I’d just encourage you to take 1 week breaks every now and then to leave your brain some space to organize all that skill, haha.

      As for moving on to the next line, just go with what feels good at first, and give it a shot. Usually, once you have 5-6 lines you sort of see whether it’s good, or where it gets worse, so it’s easier to edit once you’ve got few lines down. I’d also say to write songs or just verses that are simple practice, and just go for whatever comes to mind. Not every song you write needs to be album material.

      • Doc Ockham
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        “Great momentum”? You don’t know the half of it! I’ve probably filled up five notebooks full of material in the last month! I don’t know what the hell is happening, but I’m definitely hitting a stride, and a level I’ve never been to before. I rhyme subconsciously constantly–haha, I just did it again!–where internals will pop up in my songs, and good ones too!, that I never intended. The only thing that worries me is that rhyming is just like theoretical mathematics, a field in which it’s said all one’s best work is done by 27. I mean, after all, when did Em and Nas and Jay Z do their best work? And who’s doing amazing work right now? Earl Sweatshirt, J. Cole, etc. guys about that age or younger. I wish I could take a week’s break. My mind wouldn’t allow that.

        • DemoKing Tapes
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          Cool. I suggest you read Mastery by Robert Greene and The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. Next, have in mind that it’s not just lyrics. You want the whole making connections thing to work on the levels of flow, delivery, songs/albums as a whole etc. Also, don’t worry about the age thing, you don’t know how you good you can get and when, so it’s just putting limitations at random. And if you have an Illmatic or MMLP by the time you’re 27, then even if you suddenly forget how to rap, you’d still be good to go ๐Ÿ™‚ And what are your worries exactly?

          Anyway, I strongly suggest that you take that 1 week break. Just don’t write or record anything intentionally, and if rhymes come just let them pass through your mind.

          • DemoKing Tapes

            Oh and one of the reasons I’m suggesting a break, is that you don’t want to get dependent on consistency and feel that if you stop even for a bit that you will somehow lose your level of skill or something.

          • Doc Ockham

            Well, I’m 27 now, *that’s* what worries me, LOL! No, I’m just being dramatic. I’m just saying there’s so much we don’t understand about human creativity. How many creative minds throughout history have used uppers and produced great works, almost through sheer force of will? Conversely, why is it our most creative ideas seem to pop up, without method, when we’re tired? Ahh, don’t mind me, I’m just jabbering.

            Do I have it in me to create an Illmatic or MMLP or a Hard Knocks or a Blueprint? You bet your ass I do. Will I? Well, that’s a different question.

            I’ll definitely check out those books. Have you ever read about the 10,000 hour theory? That is, that a person must practice consistently at something for 10,000 hours, or roughly ten years, to master it? I’ve had fits and starts here and there, but I’ve been rhyming for about 11 years now, so maybe that explains it. Unfortunately I just started looking into the technical aspects of it (bars and flows and rhyme schemes) so it’s still just a raw talent that needs refined. But I’ve also been creative-minded my whole life. First it was comic books I drew as a kid, then short stories, then screenplays. And I’ve always had a large vocabulary and a ironic sense of humor and a penchant for witty observation. And I’ve always loved pop culture. I think it takes a combination of all these things to be good at rapping. * It’s like I’ve been training for this field my whole life and I didn’t know it. It’s the only thing I know how to do well.

            Anyway, sorry for rambling. I’ve always been prone to diarrhea of the mouth, so to speak. I’ll definitely look into that week’s break.

            *Because of this, it’s always fascinated me that someone like Nas, from a poor urban environment, without access to a good formal education and a preoccupation with drugs and the thug-life, could get so good at rhyming. But I think that’s why Jay Z’s stuff is more all-around fun if not as technically proficient: Nas was Kimmy Schmidt, trapped in an underground bunker with just the English Language to work with but no access to the outside work\pop culture. Jay Z Paris Hilton, all about pop culture but all about inheriting that money, too. Shady was the perfect amalgamation of the two, and that’s why he’s the best.

          • DemoKing Tapes

            Yeah, I think it’s time that you put something out man, start with a 10 track mixtape or whatever, it looks like you’re already skilled enough. I need to hear you on a recording though, in order to give further feedback ๐Ÿ˜€

            And the reason why I won’t address the rest of your post is because all of it will tie in for you if you read those 2 books, haha. The whole 10 000 thing, the having leverage to push yourself etc. PLEASE read them.

            Also, there’s going to be a surprise on this blog real soon, so stick around and if you need those last advanced refinements, I think we got you ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Doc Ockham

            Oh, yeah, I’ll definitely check those books out! As far as releasing something, I’d need a producer or whatever, I know nothing about making beats. A surprise? Got me curious, I can’t wait!

          • DemoKing Tapes

            Gotcha. Well, you can rhyme over youtube beats, I’m sure nobody would mind for a free mixtape/EP to get things going for you. Especially if you got skills ๐Ÿ™‚

            Do you have a mic to record on, though? Having a small home studio is essential, you want to be able to monitor yourself and see how you sound. You can get very decent equipment for 300-500$.

            And yeah the surprise is going to be awesome. Stick around and read you soon man. Good luck with everything!

        • Elite
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          Good for you man but don’t forget being a good rapper isn’t all about being able to rhyme words there’s a whole lot of factors that make a good rap.

          • Doc Ockham

            Oh, don’t I know it! Dip into the art and science of hip-hop even a little bit–past the shallow surface of just jotting a few rhymes, which is the fun part–and you’ll find it as technical as brain surgery. It boggles the mind and makes my head hurt, but I love it.

  • Process
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    I submitted a veree for the genius section almost 2 weeks back, it still hasn’t been published. We want the Tag Team and the genius rubric back.

    • RappingManual
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      You’re one of the few man, sorry about that but there are no plans to re-start those two rubrics in the near future. Although you never know, the new community section has its own administrator (not me). He’ll be taking care for it, so we’re starting simple with just challenges. We’ll see how it will all go from there.

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