So you’re a rapper, but do you know how to structure rap lyrics? I know that writing raps is good and all, but what about a whole song? With the right lyric structure, you can turn your written raps into a powerful and impactful song (potentially a hit).
Here’s a step-by-step guide to structuring your rap lyrics like a pro:
1. Start with an intro at the beginning of your rap song.
This could be a repetition of a single word or phrase, such as “yeah” or your name, or just a short, memorable melody. Additionally, you may want to use the intro to introduce the main theme or subject of the song. Keep it short, sweet, and to the point. No more than 8 bars.
2. Create a strong hook.
Some people call this a chorus. This is the part of the song that grabs the listener’s attention and sticks in their mind. Hooks repeat before and after each verse. It’s usually the first thing they hear, and it sets the tone for the rest of the song. Make sure your hook is catchy, memorable, and relevant to the theme of your song. It may repeat the same words or melodies, but that’s a good thing. Remember, more words are coming when these verses hit.
3. Write your verses.
4. Optional: Write a bridge after you’ve written 2 or 3 verses.
Use the bridge as a moment to change the subject or add a new perspective to the song. This can help to keep the listener feeling you and create a build up in the song. Make sure you add a different rhythm or melody to break the monotony and make it stand out from the rest of the song.
5. An outro is the last thing the listener hears, so it’s important to put your stamp on it.
Say a phrase you often use or say your name, label name, etc. Now’s the time to boost your ego, because guess what, YOU DID THAT!!
In conclusion, structuring your rap lyrics is not that hard but it takes trial and error to learn. Remember that every beat is different. You may not start with a hook at times. Sometimes you’ll leave out a bridge. No matter the structure, using these tips you’ll be well on your way to writing powerful and impactful songs. You got this, keep pushing, and don’t give up on your dreams.