This is the newest rubric on our site, in which we’ll learn about and go through all the stages of creating a rap song.

This will:

  • Improve your ability to pick base emotions of any instrumentals
  • Improve your skills in writing better lyrical content
  • Improve your capability of creating an argument
  • Improve your ability to generate a song structure
  • Improve your skills in writing rap verses
  • Improve your ability to write better choruses
  • Improve your skills in rap delivery

The challenge will take place once a week.

It’s suited for all skill levels, for the simple fact that you’ll receive guidance and constructive criticism along each step of the way. At the end of the challenge, you’ll know how to execute all the steps of creating a rap song.

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Stage 1-Emotions/Content/Target

What you get is a rap beat. Think of this beat as something you chose for a future project. It’s an instrumental and you want to rap over it. However, you first need to figure out:

-The feeling of the beat (Base Emotion)
-Who will you rap to(Target)
-What will you rap about(Content)

Working out these three components is the first stage of our song creation process. This challenge will be much easier for the people who have the Rapping Manual, where each stage of the process has been discussed in-depth.

If you don’t have it, feel free to browse through our articles and go over the basic principles of rapping.

Let’s do an example, so you know what is being asked of you.

Example

1. Beat

https://soundcloud.com/robluna/everything-foreign-roblunamusic

*The beat is from our partners at RobLunaMusic.com

2. The Feeling of the Beat(Base Emotion)

It’s the executive mood here. Power, Money, Dog-eat-Dog Environment

3. Who will you rap to(Target) and About What(Content)

Since the tone is heavy and CEO-like, I can see myself talking to a close person about my dealings with business rivals. The threatening melody of the base element was the main reason for this.

Now It’s Your Turn

1. Beat

https://soundcloud.com/robluna/lyrical-assassin-prod-by-robluna

*The beat is from our partners at RobLunaMusic.com
 

2. The Feeling of the Beat(Base Emotion)

(Write what is the mood of the beat. Put it in a paragraph or two at most.)

3. Who will you rap to(Target) and About What(Content)

(What do you see yourself rapping to this and to who? Write it down, following the format used in the example)

All attempts will be reviewed and feedback will be given 24 hours within each entry.

If you’d like proper feedback, please format your answer as follows:

The Feeling of the beat
(Sentences)

Who will you rap to and about what
(Sentences)

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  • Sick9son
    Reply

    The feeling of the beat :
    What i feel about the song is that I am in a rap battle where i am spiting the dopest , sickest rhymes comparable to the best rapper. ( well thats what i feel that doesnt mean i am the best, but i am unique)

    Who will u rap to and what :

    Its a guy talking to a stranger about me. He talks about me as I spit rhymes at my opponent. He says that the opponent is a 3 times national champion of rapping. His name is : Wolwer. He thinks that hes gonna win because I am not a champion and he is. And as I spit and win the battle , everything turns dark and evil for him, He feels his reputation is over as he lost to a guy without championship and when its his time he chokes. Nothing comes in his mind as I rapped about his personal life as well as his rapping career. And then I win. End of the story

  • Free-D
    Reply

    The Feeling of the beat:
    – I get a storytelling vibe here… A story of something creepy or a bit street kinda story… Like a story of how a girl got bullied and abused badly or a how a guy goes ahead robbing with his homies down the lot….. Mostly… I feel this is a beat that describes the ugly side of human emotions.

    Who will you rap to and about what –
    – I could get this shit to a social level… You know what I’m sayin’? I’d aim and take a shot at the poor societies and bullies…. Talk about how the pure hearts are being forced into sinful actions. I will basically rap a story of a kid, who grows… turns violent because of his environment and his way of being raised… I’ll use it as a analogy to show how ignorant this society can get and how worse things are getting because of us.

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Your ideas about contents are superb. You probably have an advanced skill level in thinking of stories and content. Putting different layers on top of each other and telling a story with more than one dimension.

      However, you should try and pin point who will you talk to. Your summary was too vague. Poor societies and bullies is too out there. It’s not someone you can envision. The only way you could talk to them is if you call them all in one room and you stand up and speak.

      Try to have a more concrete person to talk to. Maybe you can talk to one bully. Maybe you can talk to the girl. Yes, you can talk to a number of bullies at the same time, but pick the place and time.

      Pin point it, in order to ensure that the content will have the intended effect.

  • k.ray
    Reply

    1. psychotic, odd future type/tech n9ne type, lyricism, makes you feel high and mighty, like your in a different world full of lyrics almost.

    2. i would direct this to people who like odd future, tech n9ne and other underground artist, i would also probably use this as a diss song kind of like how 2 rob just in a way that it makes me look crazy/psychotic so i guess that’s considered as a song directed to them and their fans.

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      That was a great way to put your summary on paper man, well done. You know the feeling of the song, you’ve chosen a style of content and target audence.

      Use this approach whenever you’re starting to write a new song. It helps you in keeping your subject matter and direction dense.

      • k.ray
        Reply

        How can i use this when I’m freestyling??????

        • RappingManual
          Reply

          Well, if you can follow bullet points in your head, while you’re freestyling, I’ll let you take over this site! lol

          It’s too hard man. Freestyling is just thinking of rhymes on the spot. There is absolutely no way that you can think of rhymes and follow a pre-made argument at the same time.

          Whenever you’re freestyling, just focus on enjoying the spontaneity and creativity of the moment man.

          You can’t go wrong that way!

          • k.ray

            I hear you man, Thank you so much bruh it means alot that someone is trying to help up and comers………………………………………………………….. but imma be the first rapper to follow bullet points to take this over!!!!! look out yall gon have competition! lol

  • JayR
    Reply

    2. I feel like this is something i can act a fool on. Something that releases the inner crazy or makes you feel wild and on an adrenaline high kind of.

    3. I would make this a “fuck bitches, get money” type track, more of a showcase of flow instead of pure lyricism but with the lyricism sprinkled on top instead.

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Yes. Even though you’ve stated what will you rap about, you didn’t define who will be your target audience. Who will you rap to in your song.

      Will you talk to yourself? Will you talk to someone you don’t like? Will you talk to a friend and so on.

      It’s important to figure this out in the beginning, because it gives you freedom in choosing the dynamic and direction of your argument.

  • Ruwald de Fortier
    Reply

    Mood: psychotic, Very abstract, outside of the box, very creepy.

    Target: Since I feel that its psychotic, my target would be someone I generally dislike, someone I want to break down, make em weep ya know.

    Subject: My dreams, failed attempts, mental disease, payback.

    That high pitch sample is the reason that I feel that the target and the subject work well with the beat.

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      I see. It’s crazy how a combination of sounds can express feelings, isn’t it? You’ve written a very clear bullet point-styled summary, which is something very valuable to have, once you go deep into the verses. Well done.

  • michallewis
    Reply

    with this type of beat i get this who wanted come get it attitude,im at the top and who gonna knock me off feel,kind punchline heavy style on this one

    with this one my target would be,for anyone who doubt-it me or just anyone who’s hating period,this would be filled with disrespectful bars about why im better then you and why im the best

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      That’s a nice way to put your overall direction man. You’ve summarized all of the details, that would act as a reminder of your song meaning and overall effect. Well done.

  • JOD
    Reply

    1. I also get a confident vibe, and its also a little trippy. Maybe I’d call it psychadelic gangsta’. It’s also a bit sleuthy and mischevous.

    2. I would use this beat to target anyone who threatened psychadelic gangsta’ ways. I could imagine using this to do a little rhyme biopic about Walter White from Breaking Bad.

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      I see. Well that’s great! Knowing the base emotion of the beat, will lead you to generating a better content idea, as you managed to create the psychedelic gangsta, bringing that mischievous feeling to it.

      By talking to anyone who threatened the psychedelic gangsta way, what do you mean? In what way would you talk to him?

      Would you threaten him, would you tell him of your dark history or tell him about your future plans. Would you talk about your character, or a combination of everything above?

      It’s important to pin point it right from the start, so you don’t get off point in the middle of your verse. You know that this is happening quite often, since you have to think of rhyme schemes, syncopation, metaphors and what not.

      It’s a good idea to have it right there in front of you.

      Great job though! Excellent!

  • JJ Bones
    Reply

    2. I get a confident mood from this, I’m the best, better then you feeling. I am on top of my game and no can stop me.

    3. The target would be anyone hating or talking shit about my rap skills. I would rap about why and how I am a great rapper with superior skills to others. Talk about how I work hard to perfect my skills and that perfection is a journey not a destination.

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      That’s just great. You’ve summarized your overall content idea in a perfect way. This is useful, when you’re in the middle of your verse and suddenly realize that you’re going off point. It’s a nice reminder to have this main idea at the beginning of the page.

      The target summary is great too! You know that the song will be you-talking at them. You’ve written a few sentences, which will give you that feeling of confidence and the way to talk to them. That’s just awesome!

      Remember what you’ve written here man, because you’d need it for the next stage.

      Well done!

  • IzRawL
    Reply

    As a rapper I wouldn’t rap to that it sounds like Tetris beat a video game sound like your trying to figure out a clue but a fly is roaming around & no content of lyrics cause it’s not my type of beat but I’m pretty sure someone out there and plus its a high tempo & it’s not gonna be a good song

    • D-Ea$y
      Reply

      I kinda feel the same way, and it is a little annoying after awhile..

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Thanks for your point of view. Choosing the right beat is a personal thing, so if this beat doesn’t speak to you, that’s absolutely fine.

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