Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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 Tupac Shakur, Nas, Well then, you're in the right spot.


  1. The first thing you want to do is 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.
  2. After you have done that you might want to think up a Hook/Chorus for your song. It can range from something very deep to something that's just catchy.
  3. After that you will want to 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 cant 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)
  4. Next you will want to 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)
  5. 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.


  • Never steal lines or you will lose lots of respect in the future
  • Try not to swear a lot or say any offensive terms like the 'n' word if you want your music to be heard by big audiences.
  • Always be real in your music (for example never say you're gonna shoot up the block with your gat, if you don't even own a gun).
  • Always listen to more and more rappers and their music to hear different styles and help you think of different ideas.
  • Always give full effort to your music and push it 100%.
  • Remember that after its all said and done it's music it's not just a way to think you're cool or diss someone.
  • Writing songs come at different times sometimes you might take you an entire month to write a new song as to sometimes you can write two in one day.


  • Never excessively use racial slurs like the 'n' word. Just don't.
  • Your songs may be turned down or even laughed at but never let that stop you from doing what you do.
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