How to be a great rapper

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Great rappers make it look easy. They just talk, right? Of course, anyone who's seen not-so-great rappers -- or tried unsuccessfully to rap for themselves -- knows that's not true.

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Mar 22, 2007
 
wel, im new to rapping, i listen to rap a lot since i was 12, 13 but i always wanted to get in to it and i dont no where to start. i was wondering if someone could help and give me some info. peace.
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Mar 22, 2007
 
Find something better to do
Cal

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Mar 22, 2007
 
I have advice! Don't enter the southern rap genre if you plan to be a great rapper.
George

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azza wrote:
wel, im new to rapping, i listen to rap a lot since i was 12, 13 but i always wanted to get in to it and i dont no where to start. i was wondering if someone could help and give me some info. peace.
Buy these albums
1.Tupac-Me Against The World and All Eyez On Me
2.Notorious B.I.G.-Life After Death and Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s CONSPIRACY album(biggie is on 6 tracks)and listen to his song WHO SHOT YA
3.Nas-Illmatic-GOD's Son-Stillmatic
4.Eminem-The Marshall Mathers LP and Eminem Show
5.Dr.Dre-EVERY THING he produced or rapped on
6.Jay-Z-Blueprint
7.FIGHT THE POWER-Public Enemys classic album
8.Ice Cube-The Preadtor
9.slick Rick-The Great Adventures
10.N.W.A.-Straight Outta Compton
11.Kanye West-Late Regristration
12.Scarface-The Fix-The Diary
-Listen to these albums for 3 years and just keep writing and become inspired then youll know when your ready.And let it come from your heart.Buy 5 note books and buy one of these albums a month and write and keep the note pad on you at all times and dont think about being the most famous think on bein the most talented and learn how to write songs learn how to make a great hooks.Update me on ya progess peace
George

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Mar 23, 2007
 
Cal wrote:
I have advice! Don't enter the southern rap genre if you plan to be a great rapper.
..Oh and what he said
SHIRLY

Saint Cloud, MN

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Mar 23, 2007
 
HI
HigH GhosT

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azza wrote:
wel, im new to rapping, i listen to rap a lot since i was 12, 13 but i always wanted to get in to it and i dont no where to start. i was wondering if someone could help and give me some info. peace.
hey azza ..
first i wanna ask where r u from originally ..
then if u want ma advise ..
as u said uve been listenin to rap for a long time ..
so there is no use to buy albumz ..
u should start writin rhymez ..
and try downloadin instrumentalz ..
and when u finish some rhymez ..
try to listen to da beat ( instrumental ( muzic only )
try to feel it ..
and then flow wid da beat wit ur rhymez ..
and if u nee any help wid da rhymez am here ..
Luke

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I was actually making fun of rap and all of it's followers. I am personally into real music, but as they say, to each his own. If you want to listen to someone talk about s e x while an extremely annoying repetitive beat is drumming monotonously in the background then do as you please.

One question: Do you guys really talk like that...all the time? All the "foe shizzle ma nizzle stuff"?

Oh, and I am proud of my whiteness, thank you very much.

“RIP George Carlin 1937-2008”

Since: Jan 07

New York

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maybe i am too old but the use of "great" and "rapper" in the same sentence is a bit of an oxymoron to me.
SHIRLY

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Mar 25, 2007
 
EMIN3M
AKON
50 CENT
CHAMILLIONAIR
ICE CUBE
LUDACRIS
Those are all my favorits.
Ashland on the 14th

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Mar 25, 2007
 
First you have to study the greats!

Rakim
NAs
Ice Cube
Andre 3000(Southern rapper)
Scarface(Another Southern rapper)
Prodigy of Mobb Deep
Slick Rick
Biggie Smalls
2pac

Listen to these cats too!:

NWA
Get Boys

But it is not all about image!

The lyrics are the most important aspect of rap/Hip-hop.

Great punchlines, metaphorsd, subject matter is the template for crafting great lyrics!
samantha and vanessa

Rowland Heights, CA

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Mar 25, 2007
 
im the best rapper
Joey

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Mar 25, 2007
 
It helps to be "brain dead".
Emcee Bria Bri

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Mar 26, 2007
 
Well, Some Of Yall Or Wrong, but Yet Right.
Hip Hop is All About Lyrics... And Stylesz..

Well, You Could Have the BEST Rhymesz in the world.. But yet, you don't know How to flow..

And Most Rappers Don't even write their own rhymes.
[no names]

Me, personally.. My Favorite Rapper is Q-Tip
If Yall Know..
Then Second is Gang Starr and Talib Kweli..
Then RaKim

Hip Hop is orginally made and started in New York.. If Yall Really Knew Ya History...

Rap Today is so fucking weak...
It's like any body could be one

I'm A Poet/Rapper..
I focuse more on Old School Shit.. Ya Know..

The End

“RIP George Carlin 1937-2008”

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Mar 26, 2007
 
Emcee Bria Bri wrote:
Well, Some Of Yall Or Wrong, but Yet Right.
Hip Hop is All About Lyrics... And Stylesz..
Well, You Could Have the BEST Rhymesz in the world.. But yet, you don't know How to flow..
And Most Rappers Don't even write their own rhymes.
[no names]
Me, personally.. My Favorite Rapper is Q-Tip
If Yall Know..
Then Second is Gang Starr and Talib Kweli..
Then RaKim
Hip Hop is orginally made and started in New York.. If Yall Really Knew Ya History...
Rap Today is so fucking weak...
It's like any body could be one
I'm A Poet/Rapper..
I focuse more on Old School Shit.. Ya Know..
The End
my favorite rapper was U Thant.
Fix

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Mar 26, 2007
 
If there is a way to contact you, I been rappin for many years now, and it looks like its about to pay off (decent record deals lookin this way) I wrote a story called "How To Be An Emcee". There is a fine difference between a rapper and a Emcee. a Rapper is just a person who can spit some lines, a Emcee is a person who is above and beyond...

I also give hip hop word games, ideas how to improve your vocab, metaphors, way of thinkin and so on... hit me up sometime at CityShallCry@aol.com
puddykatdoll

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the only one who is the best rapper in here is emin3m
chris

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Mar 27, 2007
 
all i can say is dont try to rap like the newer rappers like chamillionair or akon cuz it sells but its not real rap. u need to stay old school like 2pac ice cube, dr. dre and some of the dmx songs.
SHIRLY

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Mar 28, 2007
 
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its amazing when i write these bars,
its incredable to y'all how i can come this hard,
intergallatical fantasic magical flows from mars,
blowing apart the atmosphere and starting a new star wars/
yo to be honest i don't think the world is ready,
this is the eve of war are you holding your blade steady?/
humans transforming like a mutated seragetti,
this is the eve of war are you still holding your blade steady?/
ready, here we go lets blow keep it under control,
flow, keep going no need to slow down our roll,
hold, your momentum man na never let it go,
so, is everyone ready once again here we go/

lets attack and bring back soldiers from iraq,
crack, is we never gonna back down and rest jack,
fact, is are minds will never relax until payback,
hack, the thoughts of bush till his minds fecked/

never let your mind slip man stay positive,
cause this is a war man the whole worlds a target,
everyone from the four corners is involved in it,
we going all out man lets go revolve in it.

read dat shit and holla at me

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