The art of rapping is going to take you years or for some only days to get the hang of. My name is Ty, I go by the artist name of Twhyy. This is my first article I’ve written for MASTR Productions. I’ll be touching base with you guys to share my journey as I learn and develop as an artist. I’ve been rapping/singing for about a year now and I’ve been making a list of many ways to help me improve my rapping and singing skills. To rap you got to think outside the box, be unique with your flow, change up the rhythm, be creative with your music and dig deep into yourself. Singing is a whole different ball game. In my opinion, most people who can sing have been blessed with talent, but even if you don’t have Godsent talent, there’s always ways to get better and improve your skills. Making rap or singing songs can be difficult, but can be achieved with daily practice and help from friends who have heard you rehearsing or freestyling or when at the studio, help from the producer.
To help you rap and sing better, listen to songs by successful artist and feel out the song. What do I mean by that? Take notes on the arrangement of the song (what comes first, the chorus or the verse? Is there a bridge before the final chorus?) Rap/sing along to the beat word for word. If you don’t know the lyrics they are on YouTube and other places on the internet, like Genius. Once you start going along with the lyrics, think about how you feel and what he/she is saying. Once you have an idea use the same emotion you are hearing and go along and try to match the tempo, flow, rhythm and pitch of the song. After a while of understanding what these artists are saying in there music go find an artist that you like and simply type in “the rappers name type beat”. I like “lil skies type beats”, but you can do this for pretty much any mainstream artist. Once you found a beat, try and think about the tone and delivery of your favorite artist and try and match it at first. After matching their style and delivery, try your own. If you don’t have any lyrics to try of your own try humming how you would want it to be. Sometimes the lyrics will just come to you out of nowhere, trust me. In general, just take things step-by-step. Start with the melody.
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Another helpful strategy I use to get better at rapping and singing is to find new artists, and take note of who I find to be inspirational or talented. Learn a bit about their life, how they work, what their daily habits are, and especially who their influences are. We all have someone who we look up to and want to be like etc. I love watching how artists come up in the music industry, and how successful artists get money and keep money. All of these big name rappers come from different backgrounds, and a lot of their stories really say something about their music – so be on the lookout for unique come-ups. They can be really inspiring, and a lot of times you’ll be able to relate their struggles and triumphs to your own life. I gain a ton of motivation in seeing all these rappers who came from basically nothing. It gives people faith that they too can make it big and put on for their city. After all, isn’t this what we all want?