Having the right content is very important. Some might say that it’s all about flow, but words matter and at the end of the day, people listen to what you say, so you have to pick out your content very carefully. It’s important, but it can be so confusing.

Some people write the “gangsta” song, then the “party” song, then the “song for the bitches” and so on.

What they do is they categorize their subject matter. That’s a wrong approach, because if you do that, you cannot put that special ingredient in your lyrics that makes you different. It’s that little flavor you put it, which makes the difference.

USP(Unique Selling Point)

Okay, what if Nas did a party song?

A party song, which sounds like “Gangnam Style”? Are you going to listen to it? Why not? It’s just not Nas. It’s not in his image. The impression of him, does not equate to those kind of songs. So, why do you think you can rap on any beat?

I mean, put this prospective to your own music. Your own songs. You have to look at yourself and figure out the image you’re going to portray in your music. Make it permanent. Something people can associate you with. Your USP.

unique

Your USP has to be connected with your lifestyle and your overall look on life. Just be introspective for a while. How do you deal with things? How do you react day to day? How do you feel day to day. Well, all you do, is you put your lifestyle in the songs. You wonder why? I’ll give you some bullet proof reasons.

When you rap about your lifestyle, the stuff you say, will be real.

They will have more effect. They will be charged with more emotion and energy. Rapping about your own lifestyle, will get you better songs. Rap about what you know.

Another reason. When you rap about your lifestyle, your friends will be more interested in listening to the songs. If you’re talking some general stuff, trying to show swag, people will just put you in the bunch, but if you say something like “Yo, Erick, remember what you did last night”, friends will start listening. It’s interesting. It will grow from there. Take my word.

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  • Shubham aggarwal
    Reply

    I want to became a rapper and my frnds says you are a best lyricist,you have good voice and good style to present your rap..but not personality..i’m confused because i’ve no mediam to upload my song in media and get listener’s..
    so give me some idea…

  • Fresh Meat
    Reply

    FUCK!! Had to get it out
    Let me shout how my life sucks
    My fucking teacher, flunk me
    Try to strive when you’re sucking up
    To parents think you’re a mani-
    Ac, Brainiac inherent to facts
    Feeling like peeling the skin off my back
    Anyone caring bout my fucking self
    Cause I got no esteem for me
    Killing’s fun off the outflow of amps
    Drive routes with you in tow
    So, you’re bitch is taking you’re food stamps
    To buy chicken so she can suck cock
    Cause I’m thinking you lack rock.

  • Rograt
    Reply

    Hey man,
    I’ve been uploading a couple of songs the past year on soundcloud mainly since I wanted to record an album.
    I realised mid year that it was too soon and that I should wait but now I’m stuck cuz I’m ready to do it now, but I dunno if I should delete my old soudcloud or not since the songs id be making now are on a bit of a different level,(not to say the songs already there are whack) but my soundcloud has like 50 followers and 3000 listens already which took a year to get , so if I started scratch id have none of that.
    Basically I just dunno where it’s going from now. I’ve got an engineer, two producers who together with me make beats, and a place to record, but further than that I’m lost.
    If you could help me out with a tip or two that’d be awesome.
    Thanks,
    Rograt

    • Anonymous
      Reply

      Was craccin bruh ma name xavier im a uocoming artists trynaa get known ma rap allias is mc flow and i speek about ma struggles n turn it into a tune we should collab we could become something(buh i already know u iz) we can make good ass songs if u down to hook up and.make some songs

    • J_juan_young
      Reply

      Do what eminem does man… Listen to your old music to see what you can improve and use your new music to promote your old music, if people hear your old music and see how your new music improved they will be excited of what’s coming next 😉

  • Adebakem
    Reply

    Im a Nigerian, the problem i gat everytime is stil the right lyrics that i nid to write… I just sit down for almost an hour finking of what to start with which shouldnt be… What can i do broh… Thanks| Prince Adebakem Tha YoungWizard

  • r-mack
    Reply

    fade up from this life man, to become a succesfull rapper is my only dream.. show me the way bro

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      You’re the one who has to find it. I’m just giving you a pair of boots and a flashlight. 😉

  • manifesto
    Reply

    Hey tsup dude! Am Tanzanian but am interesting to bring swahili rap to the map but am in a process and this is one on of my effort..but what’s my challenge am not so much good in writing english verse so what I wanna know is only how you do in english hope you will corporate with mme thank!

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      How do you write in English? The same way you write in Tanzanian, just with English words man. The fundamentals are all the same.

  • wisewords
    Reply

    yo son my names wise words but I go buy wise and everything your saying on this paper is right on I jst need help getting out there better

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    I’m contemplating rapping, I have a wonderful ear for music, electronic and traditional. I can create very unique sounding tracks in FL studio and am learning to play the piano. It’s just that, I’m almost 18, I’m an Armenian (white) person, I’ve never starved or struggled and am actually doing well running a family business, on top of everything I live in southern Europe, not the US where most rappers make it big.

    What I do have going for me is that I’m tall, good looking, and I can command attention in person. Would this translate well to music though? When you have nothing but an audio track and your voice to capture somebody? My only struggle in life was with authority and schools, I’ve always been put down when it comes to dreaming of recognition, to be famous and be more than the common middle class person.

    I can’t rap about smoking or drinking since I do neither, I can’t gloat about being rich because I am not. The only thing I seem to have are my childhood experiences, but would anyone even be interested in such things?

    I apologize that this post is overly long, but asking a hip-hop head in a forum would do nothing but get me laughed at. You seem (if you are one person) to be very practical with such matters.

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Hi “Anonymous”,

      First of all, you can tell us your name man-we don’t bite. 😉 Okay, let’s see.

      1. Making it as a rapper does not entail that you have to be from America man. Rapping is a global thing now and in it’s essence, is just poetry with a rhythm. Anybody from anywhere can pursue a rap career.

      2. Your looks matter, when you’re shooting videos. Then, those qualities of yours will come handy. When you’re raping on a track, it matters again, but indirectly. If you know that you’re good lookin and have the belief you can command attention, the self esteem will show on your voice. It will translate to the way you say things.

      3. People putting you down is in the past. I had people trying to put me down too. You either tell them to stop doing that, cuz you don’t like it, or you just stop listening. Nobody can put down a burning desire to do something.

      4. You’re wondering what should you rap about? Well, remember one thing. The lifestyle that you’re living, is lived by other people as well. You’re not the only one. Rap for those people like you. Make your lifestyle seem cooler and people like you will listen to you, because you’ll make them feel better about themselves.

      Take a step back and imagine your lifestyle in your head. What is cool about it? It’s all about perception dude. You’re 18 and run a family business. That’s cool. Have a song where you’re angry with the suppliers(in a funny way), rap about stupid customers. You get me?

      Just be real. You see what I’m saying?

      • Isaiah
        Reply

        I’m 19 in Georgia trying to make it man, I can write great lyrics, my main struggle is how to actually START the verse off lol. Most times I find one of my favorite classic lines & I put my own twist to it. I mostly write where I’m actually SAYING SOMETHING but I also love to just have fun with it. My favorite rappers right now are Big K.R.I.T., Vic Mensa, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the rapper (No Order) just to give you an idea of my styles & personality. I have never put out a song & few people know I can rap “slight stage fright” but I feel I’m ready for a studio. Based off my comment do you have any advice for me? In a few years when I make it I can come back to thank you lol

  • Simba Westa Mucheriwa
    Reply

    This is true, I found the “Yo, Erick, Fuck you for what you did last night” part hilarious I can just imagine it lol.

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Westa! I'm telling you man, striving to get more personal in your songs will hook more people from your social circle to listen to you. It be interesting for them.

      Gotta fuckin include that line in one of my raps man, it's decided! lol

    • Simba Westa Mucheriwa
      Reply

      I agree there man because people always want to know who you are and what you represent so bringing your life in this is the best way and yeah man that line is sick haha, I like that, thats the reason I like Eminem too, because he brings comedy to the game like that.

  • blaze
    Reply

    i keep flow and the contents as equals when im making lyrics, cause they’re both as important as each other. i like something with a bit of melody whilst im dropping a punchline. heres one a made yesterday

    don’t take the piss clown, cause im the best one in this town
    cause im beating you bitches like rihanna, so call me chris brown

  • El Cuervo
    Reply

    Right I understand what your saying thats some good advice. Its a little to early for me to worry about selling myself yet anyway I’m only 16. For now I’m just writing songs everyday and practicing, I’m not gonna start releasing my stuff until I feel its street ready. I plan on recording one of my songs today and I’d appreciate if you gave it some feedback, thanks.

  • El Cuervo
    Reply

    Yea I see where your coming from, but I just wouldn’t feel right rapping in the same mood all the time. Most of the time I’m this chill relaxed dude who likes to have fun and I show that in most of my raps and i might pick a chill west coast g funk beat to go with it, but I also came from a war zone in El Salvador, so on occasion I do feel anger towards the Government and racism and all that bad stuff and when I have those thoughts I usually find a more hard instrumental and just lay my feelings on the paper. You don’t think the two sides of me could co exist in my music?

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      You’re your own writer, you decide what you’ll put out. I believe that an artist should provide consistent product first and then, he can go about adding more layers to his established image. If you want to do everything at once, it’s your decision.

    • Isaiah
      Reply

      Bro, listen to Vic Mensa’s mixtape “Innanet” he has plenty of different styles & it fits to each other perfectly. I’m the exact same way as you with writing…maybe one day when we make it we’ll collab

  • El Cuervo
    Reply

    Hey, long time no speak! I’ve been pretty silent but trust me I’ve been practicing and my lyrics have improved drastically from the last time we talked. The thing about image though, what if your image contains a whole bunch of different stuff? What if you’re a rebellious fuck the government type of person, but you also like to party and just chill with your friends? You should still only stick with one image? Or should you write about everything you live?

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Hey man,

      Great question. I know that everybody has a number of character traits, that might be radically different from each other. You don’t like the government, but you like having parties and chillin with friends. Somebody might have some romantic tendencies, while being extremely violent at times. It’s not a matter of rapping about one thing. Don’t you feel like you can rap about both topics, but still have that El Cuervo style to it?

      If you like hanging with friends, maybe you like crackin jokes? You can crack jokes about the government too? Do you know what I mean? The content really doesn’t matter as long as it has your ingredient. That trademark attitude.

      I do believe that you should just rap about your lifestyle, regardless of the content type. Look at it from a business prospective too. Have you researched what kind of attitude is successful? Do you have it? What is the attitude you have all day? Do it like that. One thing you can do wrong, is if you make one song where you crack jokes and then one song where you’re angry at the government. Not good. People expect El Cuervo. Give them consistency.

      It’s like if coca cola started making teddy bears or condoms or some shit like that. Be consistent. Jay-Z said “Find your truth” and I believe that this is what he meant.

      Did I answer your question?

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