How to Write Lyrics to a Rap or Hip Hop Song

Are you an aspiring rapper looking to make a smash hit? Are you ready to surpass the footsteps of 2Chainz, SouljaBoy Tellem, Well then, you're in the right spot.


Prepare your mind to deliver your lyrics title for your song. The subject may be something that has recently happened, something that has happened in the past, something your thinking about. It may be a dance type of a song, a song where you talk about yourself, or it may even be something that has happened in a dream. You, of course, want the title to match the subject of your song(sometimes that may not work). If you can't think of one, write the rap out first, then choose an appropriate title.
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    Think up a hook/chorus for your song. It can range from something very deep to something that's just catchy.
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    Find the beat for your song and make sure the hook goes with the beat and is put in the right places. Make sure that the beat you choose is one you're comfortable with. (For example, if you can't rap very fast, you don't want to choose a very fast beat because you won't be able to rap to it without losing your breath or stuttering and it won't sound good).
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    Start writing the verses to your song. Traditionally a rap song has 2-4 verses and each is 8, 12 or 16 bars long but you will need to see how many verses and bars your beat has to make it fit right. Writing the lyrics to a verse ranges from the type of rap artist you are. If you use a lot of punchlines (metaphors in rap music)you might want to think of the punchline first and then think of the word that comes before it (so if the punchline was "I'm stepping over competition so expect to be trampled" Think first of any line that would rhyme with that and my final result being "they see me in the booth so they know they should scramble/ I'm steppin' over competition so expect to be trampled"). If you're a rapper that raps with a lot of flow you may want to have every bar end with the same amount of syllables or almost the same amount of syllables. If you're a rapper that raps fast you may want to have little rhyming words in every bar like " the industries gettin' clean and I've seen what them hatas mean/ if you thought I was lettin' up setting up the terrain was dreamed". If you're a rapper that raps about stories you can have the first verse your intro, your second verse your problem, and your last verse your conclusion(you may have to change that if your song has more or less than 3 verses)
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    Remember that you always want creativity in your music and you never want to go with radio or anyone else when you're writing your song. Make sure you mean every word and every word comes from your soul. Some rappers, such as myself, say that you don't write about a specific thing. Let the music come to you. To start writing good lyrics, you should throw on a beat that juices your brain and you automatically start thinking of some insane rhymes. It's all about the state of mind.
  5. Breakdown

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    Come up with a title to rap about. The title is very important so, if you forget the topic, you'll remember it.
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    Do the Intro. This is the part where you tell the name of the song, short thing about it, your artist name, year, and album.
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    Come up with the chorus. The chorus explains out what you like or hate about your topic. You don't have to do a x2 thing unless the chorus is real short. The x2 gives it length! Make sure you have a chorus after each verse.
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    Understand the verse. There is usually 3 verse and a mid8 or Breakdown between the chorus after verse 2. After the mid8, there is another chorus, then verse 3.
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    Do the Mid8. This is your chance to get away from the beat of the rest of the song, though you have to jump back after the Mid8 is done. Just don't get off topic and make your song sound bad. Remember, Chorus and Verse3 come after this, then the outro!
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    Come up with an outro. Here, the beat fades away slowly but is gone before you finish your speaking. Not every song has an outro, but most do. Here you say something, say the title again (maybe a few other word with it), and give some sort of closing. It can go off topic because who cares, it's the end of the song! Just don't go to far off though. "Lollipop" by Lil' Wayne has an outro, though it don't seem like it. At the end it's like "... Shawty say i lo,lo, lo, look like a lollipop(X2)..." Then before the last 3 times it goes "... I say he so sweet, make her wanna lick the wrapper, so I let her lick the wra a per!" This is very on topic, though he repeats the intro.


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