Learn To Rap (with Eminem)

Hip Hop is a culture that includes multiple elements. Rap music is often the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions they love hip hop. Learning how to rap seems to be effortless for some, yet challenging for others. Today we will share some tips, from rap god Eminem, on how you can begin to master this valuable skill.

A majority of listeners of rap who want to learn how to flow are between the ages of 13 and 25. Starting young can really give you an edge on the competition.

“First I was a fan of the music before I even thought about rapping, you know what I’m sayin… L.L. Cool J was the one who made me first start writing rhymes. And I was like, 12, 13 maybe.. and it sucked. You know, I wasn’t good, like I had to keep practicing and practicing and practicing..”

If you want to improve as a rap artist you have to consistently keep coming back to the craft. It’s okay to step away if necessary but you need to realize that the real results come from practicing regularly. Some people will tell you it’s a talent you are either born with or not, but here is Eminem telling you that’s not always the case.

“I gave it up for awhile then I picked it up again back when I was 15 and started being able to kinda put songs together… I was never really good at much else.. Once I figured out I was decent at something I just focused and went for it.”

Focusing means honing in on one specific subject and then, if distracted by something else, make a conscious decision to redirect your attention back to what you were originally focusing on.

“When I write my songs, the formula for how I write my songs is pretty simple… I write the verses and then sum up all the verses with a hook… but my delivery and the way I say things across the mic I make sure that is just perfect… I want to make sure everything is perfect so I can listen to my shit a million times and not find a flaw in it.”

Practice making complete songs. Building your vocabulary and learning which words rhyme together is a must, but take it a step further and study the structure of your favorite hit songs. Try to reproduce that same structure using your own style and lyrical content. Listen to your recordings and if you hear any flaws make the necessary changes.

“One day I got a call from my boy Proof and he was like ‘Yo you need to come up to The Hip Hop Shop… Yo just write something and come up here’ and Proof like, ran shit in Detroit…He started making connections and he met J. Dilla… when I went up to The Hip Hop Shop he was like ‘yo I’ll clear everybody out, I’ll have like ten people… you rap in front of them.. and if they don’t like you, they’re gonna tell you they don’t like you. If they do like you and they fuck with you, then you know…’”

Be open to meeting with people who have connections in the game. They can share valuable insight and experience. Mentors might have ideas on how you can improve or advance in the game. An example is how Eminem had Proof.

“So I went there, said the rap. I got some people jumpin around and shit and I was like: okay… That’s when we started having battles at The Hip Hop Shop. But every Saturday I would make sure I didn’t have to work cause I was going to The Hip Hop Shop… Proof was taking names and he was putting them in a hat… if you want to sign up to battle you put your name in a hat, he picks a name and he picks another name.. and I started battling and in The Hip Hop Shop the first battle we had there I won it.”

Although not every rap artist needs to take the path of battling, they should make time to attend events where they have opportunity for exposure and networking. In todays era that includes online events and social media. Live music venues, where artists in a genre similar to your own perform, are highly beneficial as well.

Every artist has their own path. The few simple words Eminem shared here are full of priceless gems for anyone wanting to learn. Subscribe to us here at IndyRapArt.com for more installments of Learn To Rap.

SMGMT Lungz and Junior2Sav Release FEELINGS GET HURT prod. by JJRemix

After touching down in North West Arkansas (NWA,) Hafa Adai Media/ Signature Management music artist Lungz swiftly networked. Finding local creatives that would be interested in exploring opportunities in the indy music field was a priority.

Knowing that this region of Arkansas has major room for improvement in developing an actual Hip Hop scene only inspired Lungz even more, yet acquiring the talent and engineering skills of Junior2Sav from bEAtZwRAp Soundlab was an unforeseen blessing that caught Lungz by surprise.

“I knew I could find artists to develop but discovering Junior’s work on social media was a total win,” said Lungz, “…Junior already has a loyal following, talent and work ethic to back it.”

Lungz continued, “I had this concept. A custom beat by JJRemix… with a Paul Wall sample… JJ used the sample I suggested.. and it was banging like King Kong in the mother fu**in trunk. I knew Junior2Sav would be the perfect feature for the record. He had the most legit studio in the area as well. It was inevitable that we would create something. NWA has never experienced a song like this locally.”

Check out the song on You Tube below.

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“I Know People Who Listen To Rap…” CANNOT STAY by MaxMilly Review

“Cannot Stay” by MaxMilly Review

“Cannot Stay” by MaxMilly starts with music and vocal trills that sound like an *NSYNC song, or at least the background of one. That might not be enjoyable for those who enjoy the Hip-Hop scene, but it might be my favorite part of the song. It then transitions into lyrics by MaxMilly, which are slow to the point of depressing the listener due to the backing of a slow synth beat. The beat may be “hip”, but it’s not very “hoppy”, though it’s a Hip-Hop song.

Technically, the lyrics are understandable, which I usually like, because it makes my job of interpreting the meaning of the song easier, and therefore more enjoyable. However, it’s hard for me to understand the meaning of these lyrics. I recognize the words being spoken (as it’s more of a spoken-word pace), but even despite the repetition, it’s confusing what the message of the song is. Is this a break up song? Is this a song about being oppressed by society? There are references to feeling like a vampire and being scared of heights. Yet, I can’t drag an appropriate meaning to light from these supposed metaphors, nor from the combination of the two.

Maybe someone with more experience and interest in Hip-Hop and Rap music will be able to pick apart the song to reveal it’s true meaning, or to find it enjoyable without needing to know what it means. For those who love Hip-Hop music, this is definitely one to check out when you’re in a low-intensity mood.

April 2, 2020


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“I KNOW People Who Listen to Rap…” Rodney Sage – The HIP HOP SAVIOR Returns for CLOSURE

”Thing For You” by M.a.D.m.A.n Rodney Sage (ft. Vybe) Review
By Bri Lamontagne

“Thing For You” by M.a.D.m.A.n Rodney Sage and featuring Vybe starts with lovely melodic singing and transitions into lyrics that are slow enough to understand. The backing track has a slower, steady beat which eases me into the rhythm of the song, helping me to enjoy it more than most Rap or Hip-Hop music.

Honestly, this song is of my favorite variety. The story it tells is one where the narrator is addressing someone he has romantic interest for and telling her “I appreciate you more or better than your current guy and here’s the proof” (these are not lyrics, but the gist). Similar to songs like “Jessie’s Girl”, “Break Up With Him”, and various other Country songs, which all express the same sentiment with different words. I’m not trying to say that this has been overdone, but that it reflects a sentiment of humanity that probably dates all the way back to the beginning of human history, but which has been shown in literature at very least since Shakespeare, such as Viola’s yearning for Count Orsino in Twelfth Night. In fact, it’s one of my favorite tropes in music, literature, movies, and television. It’s a major part of why I root for Jane Eyre, Ross in Friends, Luke in Gilmore Girls, Elphaba in Wicked (the Musical, not the novel, which is almost entirely different), and so many more characters that are beloved for exactly the reason that they (and this situation) are relatable. Personally, I enjoy relatable music the most.

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Thing For You” is also replete with references to modern culture such as Netflix and texting. It also shows an understanding of women in general and what might help them feel relaxed or affectionate, as well as the most arousing sentiment: paying attention to her wants and needs. This song represents a tender side of Rap music and the people who sing it, which is infrequently done and thus all the more worth listening to. I’ll definitely be adding this to my playlist.