We all want to write the most advanced rhyme schemes and melodic patterns our creativity allows us to, but when you start writing your bars on paper, something is wrong. You feel restricted.

The freedom to play around with words and sounds, when you were just freestyling or scatting is now gone. You have a blank piece of paper in front of you and once you start writing, the rhytmic structure looks rigid and similar. Lacking spirit, lacking creativity.

Why is that happening and how can we fight it?

I had one of our members ask this question. My man Lukas felt the same restriction. I told him. It’s because you have to create a mechanism, with which you can write the lyrics that are coming from your subconscious. The melody that’s coming from the vibe.

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The Melody Coming From The Vibe

Understand that when you freestyle or scat rap, you don’t have to say a particular thing. You don’t have to see and physically write what comes out of your mouth. Therefore, the actions required for you to rap are less. You just have to let go off your conscious control and let the vibe take you where ever she wants to.(Yes it’s a she!)

When the writing on paper starts, you don’t know where to begin. Should I just think of a rhyme and then write whatever comes? But what about the flow? I forgot that. But what about the actual content? What do I wanna say? How should I say it? I forgot that as well.

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Rapping is not easy, if done correctly

You have to create a mental mechanism, which allows you to use the creativity within. Without this mechanism, you cannot release your creativity. The lyrics will lack spirit and will be rigid.

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I cannot tell you how to create this mechanism. I have created my own mechanism, which works for me. It allows me to express my creativity fully when I write.

Although I’ve created my mechanism, I can’t tell you how to create yours, because everybody has a different spirit. Every person is like an alien planet. Even though we’re similar, we’re different. So, only you should think about creating that mechanism.

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Research and Development Time

Me and my team have written so many articles about rapping and creating the mechanism, which will fully free you, will come about after you read all of them. After you do your own research and anything else, which will help you to get a better understand of the art of rapping.

That’s pretty much the next step and just a few people manage to pass that threshold. Creating such a mechanism is the first sign of mastery and it encompasses all the aspects of our art form.

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Mastery

Acknowledging that your creativity is worse on paper, than it is when you freestyle or scat rap, is the start of your journey. If you thought being successful is that easy, I’m sorry that I’m crushing your reality. Take this as a challenge. Be one of the few. Be one of the masters.

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Do you feel restricted too when you write on paper? Do you have your own mechanism?

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  • Kxng XL
    Reply

    For me it’s the opposite. I write rap better than I could freestyle. I’m sooo bad at freestyling.

    • Tacky
      Reply

      Me too, my writing is amazing. -So amazing I have trouble making my mouth keep up with what I’ve writen.

      I wish I could find someone willing to let me ghost write for them.

      • Elijah
        Reply

        Iโ€™ll let you ghost write for me, Iโ€™ll pay you follow me and dm me @elijahxgreaves

      • Blossom
        Reply

        U can ghost write for me too?? Let me hear what you got
        [email protected]

  • Curtis
    Reply

    I’m confused on the whole mechanism thing, would someone please explain to me fully when they say use a mechanism

  • Aaron Harris
    Reply

    I noticed I write better lyrics on the computer than writing…is this weird?

    • BadWolf
      Reply

      I get that too, But i get the feeling im like that since im so use to playing computer games and chatting with other people i allways know what to say, especially trash talking online..

    • Eminem
      Reply

      Me too exactly

  • 1899
    Reply

    I finally found my mental mechanism which I think is a little bit weird. When I’m writing, I’m trying to be one of my alter egos. It’s no longer me, it’s mr.x rapping my lyrics. It helps to capture “the core” of the beat, then I’m sticking to it and then I can reproduce this feeling by my regular voice.
    I invented it after long hours of searching for my rapping voice and it’s still just a very beginning of my journey It’s really important to accept your own voice. You won’t get another one so keep working on it. Rapping along with my favorite rappers helped a lot too. I’m talking about this because it’s also about how confident you are with your voice.

  • cledwyn
    Reply

    Scat mean? I don’t get need and example pls ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      Reply

      Dinging out

  • DemoKing Tapes
    Reply

    Awesome as always!

    And you guys excuse if somebody covered this in the comments, but one of the main reasons for the difference that occurs is actually knowing the lyrics by heart. When you do. you pretty much have the same mental freedom as freestyling because you only go with the feel. However, knowing the lyrics really well and reading is the next best thing so you gotta practice them.

  • 1899
    Reply

    Tried scatting, but even when I do that I feel restricted, cause I think the way that forces me to find the best pattern I can. Finally-it’s not good at all. Not as good as I want it to be.
    A couple of months ago I asked you about writing nonsense words to construct the flow, and then-re-writing them into actual bars. You said that you talked about this method in the book, and… It actually works for me ๐Ÿ™‚
    For some reason, it’s so simple to write some “bla bla words”, and then turn them into a verse. Called it “the flow language” ๐Ÿ™‚ and started imroving it. Awesome technique. Maybe it will help someone ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous
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    I think the mechanism is quite important, and that’s the key which I should compile these two things together, sometimes I lost concentration, there was like something behind myself that actually I’m possible to explain in out but it still stuck somewhere else. But yeah that’s true, I should take this as a big challenge, there will be no winner in an empty road. Thanks for the good advice!

  • Yung Kingz
    Reply

    So i have had writers block for the past few weeks! this whole year i haven’t written a verse which I would splif in a cypher! But when i frrestyle I get on some other shit that I dont even comprehend sometimes.
    I remember i once freestyled for 20 minutes without even stopping once, well except for when i ran outta breath! There are times when i get on a different wave when i write down a verse but i forget how i got to ride that wave.

  • akaa
    Reply

    thanks

  • akaa
    Reply

    what do we research

    • blackbillyboy19
      Reply

      A way to write lyrics down and at the same time be creative as possible by not being on an automatic mode (use the same verse structure, rhyme schemes…). Cuz writin’ down on paper doesn’t make you use all your potential compared to freestyle where you completely free at. Hope it helped you.

  • blackbillyboy19
    Reply

    Hi guys. Guess who’s back again to debate on an interesting topic on our favourite site.
    ADVERTISING : This post is quite long and full of grammatical mistakes, so I prefer tell you. DON’T READ IT if you have less than 5 minutes. Thank you.

    Here we go ^^ first of all, I think I know what you mean, though it’s still a little dim in my mind (thank you Google Traduction). A mechanism wich allows you to draw lyrics directly from the soul (or at least inconscious part) and not from the automatic area of the brain… I don’t know if I got one (mechanism) ^^ all I kknow is that, since your previous article on freestyling, I’ve taken back my old habit and practice now at full speed. And it helps me a lot in breaking down words and matching syllables. I’m improving daily at that and I find my words quicker.

    Secondly, I got a little trick that I use. In order to… Break the “cage” of the paper (though I don’t feel restricted that much ^^), but I won’t tell it here. Hehe ^^ (some need to research first, just like you said. I’m not braggin around or sayin’ mine is all good and I perfectly master the mechanism you guys talking about. No, I don’t post for that sh*t (it’s pointless and contra productive)) but… Mine kinda works for me.

    Finally, yesterday I’ve watched this documentary on Lil Wayne’s life and work. I wanted to know by myself, what is really going down with the man, realest, best rapper alive ? Of all time ? Anyway, deep down in the story of his life, I’ve noticed first that… The man got a hell of a life, heeey !! Though it’s a little bit remixed, like every legend, but wow ! I automatically identify with him on certain points. And here comes the interesting thing. When everybody left him down (his band “The Hot Boys”, fans because of the CD’s wich didn’t sold that well), he also got that feeling of restriction when he was writing. He needed a new way to free his mind, and do you know what he did ? He just took all the notes he had stores in years, locked himself in the booth and spit 10,000 bars man, 10k bars ! 35 minutes of rap (I’m not sure of that number) to purge himself from every single word he ever wrote. I was like… Hell yeeeah ๐Ÿ˜‰ and when he scratched the last sheet of his pad, he decided that he would never write down shit again. And that’s when he wrote one of his greatest albums, “Tha Carter”, in a very short time (don’t remember how long), so it this fact lead me to the same point of you : does freestyling increase rapper’s creativity ? When you stop and take a look at rappers who really make rap music go forward : The Notorious B.I.G (R.I.P), Jay-Z (who composed the whole Blueprint in 2 long days man, 2 days !!), Eminem, Tupac, The Roots they were ALL great freestylers. All of them. They just sayin’ what the beat inspires them, and with this technique, those cats gave f*cking classic to hip hop, man ! So I think that… Yes. When you master the art of freestye, you’re better than in front of you’re sheet of paper. Though nothing can replace the sound of pen scratching on it, thank you if you if you read me until to the end of this sett, I know I kinda let lose on this one, so next time I’ll limit myself at 5 words. I swear it. Here, for proof of what I said on Wayne’s craft https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmPtChFP6uc. Voilร  ^^ it’s already the end. I just wanted to thank the site first. It’s really great job you doing, keep going. And to all the supporters and people who have taken hip hop for their culture, fans, backpackers, those help build it; to all the dreamers out there : long live hip hop. Truly. AND FREESTYLE IF YOU WANNA GET BETTER !! ^^’ (just let lose again). Peace !

    • Enigma
      Reply

      Really great insights you share here. I think I have to watch the docu now! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Improvisation is a neccessity to creativity for sure!

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Hey dude. I’ve watched his life story too. Pretty much researched all major rappers. Can you believe he shot himself in the chest?

      You’re right. Rappers like Biggie, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne do it from their head, but they don’t freestyle. They have their own method of thinkin and composing lyrics. Their method, simply does not imply that they write anything down. They don’t simply think of a rhyme and rap what comes to mind.

      Freestyling does increase your brain response time, meaning that over time, you’ll be able to think of more rhymes and faster. Perhaps it would bulk up your creativity too. However, don’t get too carried away with it. There are so many great freestylers that can kick it ruthlessly when freestyling, but if you get them to make a real radio ready song, they choke.

      Also, don’t confuse freestyling with scatting or making songs without writing. That’s three different things. Jay-Z can’t freestyle, neither can Wayne. They rap without writing, that’s different in my view.

      It’s all about what works for you as a person and that’s the bottom line. If freestyle works for you, use it.

      Thanks for your comment and damn man, you really went hard on this one didn’t you? ๐Ÿ˜€

      • blackbillyboy19
        Reply

        Okay, I got it now. Yes, I admit, I’ve loosen up and mingled a little bit things ^^’ and freestylers are not always good lyricists or hitmakers (if the word exist). In this case, I’ve got to let you know that for me, I’m a better rapper when I write down rather than when I’m freestyling (though it turns to balance, in a few years I’ll be good to both, I hope). It might be the differences beetween Moliere’s and Shakespeare’s language, or maybe I’m just not experienced enough.

        When I write down, I have time to reformulate phrases, to rewrite quatrains, to strenghthen punchlines. I’m not rushing on the bar to find the next rhyme (I also got some fresh tips for off the dome that I’ve discovered early :D). It also depend on how technique you are, and how you want to sound like. I’m a huge fan on polysyllables complex rhymes and crazy rhymes schemes. Always trying to come up with the most intricate rhymes in my crew. I could spend hours, even days on 6 bars, to really make em sound as I want em to sound (the result has to be supa dope in this case ^^). Eminem’s Renegade’s first verse is one of those examples of crazy rhymes, when you don’t want to mention the perrenial Lose Yourself. Rakim’s also very dope.

        And yeah, I forgot that rapping wasn’t as simple as that. Rappers are in general complex persons, and what works for one doesn’t necessarily applies to anyone, because as you said in another article, we all different. We all have our composing process, even if a rules are universal to get better. For my part, freestyles makes me find rhyme faster and boosts my creativity.

        Yeah, I definitely went hard. As always (^^) thanks for arguing !

  • Enigma
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    I agree whole-heartedly. Every time I think of a rhyme on paper, it turns out like I try to spread my wings and fly of a skyscrapper.

    Just improvising is far easier for me. I’m not a proficient freestyler yet, but I am much more creative when I don’t try to put something down on paper.
    The above paragraph I just wrote off-the-dome without thinking too hard. It came out effortlessly and rather creative. If I had sat down to actually write about the same topic while trying to focus it would have been completely different.
    I would have been trying real hard to fit some rhymes in there and struggle about finding the right words. That takes quite some fun out of writing lyrics. My mind feels like imprisoned when I try hard to find the right words.
    A rhyme or creativity in general comes most effortless when you have a relaxed mind. Meditation is good for that too.
    Bottom line: Loosen up when trying to be creative!

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Enigma, that’s one hella of a metaphor! You better copyright that shit. As far as creativity goes, everybody has their own way of releasing it. If I let go completely and relax my brain, even though it’s easier to write and think of schemes, I do not want to lose the consistency of my argument, you know what I mean?

      So, I guess it brings me back to the thing I wrote in the article. We’re all different and one approach, does not simply fit us all. That’s why I cannot pin point how the mechanism should be created.

      Thanks for the input though. It’s cool that people started sharing their own techniques. We’re turning into a community, where members learn from members. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • blackbillyboy19
        Reply

        Hell yeah ! (Totally useless comment xD)

    • blackbillyboy19
      Reply

      I just realize that the beginning of your post rhymes ^^ pretty well too. Meditation seems to be a good way ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll try it.

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