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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T-LAB

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#35
Mar 30, 2007
 
My Fav Rappers are:

Dre
Pac
Nas
Rakim
KRS 1
Gangstarr
Public enemy
Nwa
Method man

EMW

“EMW”

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis, Indiana

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#37
Mar 30, 2007
 
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.
These rap albums I will give you will give you some inspiration to rap.

Buy these Albums:

36 Chambers - WU TANG CLAN - 1993
Thug Life Vol 1.- 2 Pac and Thug Life - 1994
All Eyez on Me - 2 Pac - 1996
The Chronic - Dr Dre.- 1992-93
Illmatic - Nas - 1994
Only 4 Built Cuban Linx - Raekwon - 1995
The Infamous - Mobb Deep - 1995
187 He Wrote - Spice 1 - 1993
Low End Theory - Tribe Called Quest - 1991
Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous - Big L - 1995
Jealous One's Envy - Fat Joe - 1995
Ready to Die - Notorious BIG - 1994
Reasonable Doubt - Jay Z - 1996
Twista - Adrineline Rush - 1997
When Disaster Strikes - Busta Rhymes - 1997
Keith Murray - Most Beatifullist Thing - 1994
Anotha Day Anotha Balla - Mr. Mike & South Circle - 1995
The Dairy - Scarface - 1994
Untouchable - Scarface - 1996
Makaveli 7 day Theory - 2 Pac - 1996
Makaveli 2 - 2 Pac - 1997
Wicked Wayz - Mr. Mike - 1996
On Top of the World - 8 Ball & MJG - 1995
By All Means Necessary - KRS One - 1988
Paid In Full - Eric B & Rakim - 1987
Life After Death - Notorious BIG - 1997
Ice Cube's Greatest Hits
Do Or Die Greatest Hits

NAP TOWN FO LIFE!
George

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#38
Mar 31, 2007
 
EMW wrote:
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These rap albums I will give you will give you some inspiration to rap.
Buy these Albums:
36 Chambers - WU TANG CLAN - 1993
Thug Life Vol 1.- 2 Pac and Thug Life - 1994
All Eyez on Me - 2 Pac - 1996
The Chronic - Dr Dre.- 1992-93
Illmatic - Nas - 1994
Only 4 Built Cuban Linx - Raekwon - 1995
The Infamous - Mobb Deep - 1995
187 He Wrote - Spice 1 - 1993
Low End Theory - Tribe Called Quest - 1991
Lifestyles Ov Da Poor & Dangerous - Big L - 1995
Jealous One's Envy - Fat Joe - 1995
Ready to Die - Notorious BIG - 1994
Reasonable Doubt - Jay Z - 1996
Twista - Adrineline Rush - 1997
When Disaster Strikes - Busta Rhymes - 1997
Keith Murray - Most Beatifullist Thing - 1994
Anotha Day Anotha Balla - Mr. Mike & South Circle - 1995
The Dairy - Scarface - 1994
Untouchable - Scarface - 1996
Makaveli 7 day Theory - 2 Pac - 1996
Makaveli 2 - 2 Pac - 1997
Wicked Wayz - Mr. Mike - 1996
On Top of the World - 8 Ball & MJG - 1995
By All Means Necessary - KRS One - 1988
Paid In Full - Eric B & Rakim - 1987
Life After Death - Notorious BIG - 1997
Ice Cube's Greatest Hits
Do Or Die Greatest Hits
NAP TOWN FO LIFE!
Makveli 2?-Oh and Onley Built For Cuban Link lol.

btc

Since: Mar 07

Shelburne, VT

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Mar 31, 2007
 

btc

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Shelburne, VT

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Mar 31, 2007
 
Kay D

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#42
Mar 31, 2007
 
DuDe u need work and this is coming from a talented yungen; I got respect that your white and want to become a rapper but rap what you feel and not what every 1 else is rapping about
keep it 100.
Kay D

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#43
Mar 31, 2007
 
That was clean holla at ya boy
Albert

United States

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#48
Apr 1, 2007
 
btc wrote:
GODDAYM man your shit is wack its guys like you who fuck up hip hop.Your lyrics are garbage just cause you can ryme and flow a verse that dosent mean you should do it and your lyrics dont even flow you have no confidence like on WHITE REPUBLICN your verse is wack as hell there is no passion no flavor no swagger no style no originality your just a boy who got his hands on some instrumentals and wrote a few decent rymes and your flow stops it dosent eveing sound like it was recorded in a both but on a tape recorder and the stero was right to the side.YOU DONT EVEING STAYY ON THE BEAT.

And dont try playin that"well at least im tryin what are you doin."shit cause im a fan of hip hop im into every one from Rakim and Slick Rick to Mase and Nelly so it's not like im one of those underground snobs your music just sucks"Im a hustl i dont trust ya"It dosent even sound real.You probaley have no love for the game you just want fame and money and women and all that plus i bet all those real rappers that are your friend never really listend to your bullshit.It was sssssssssssssooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooo obies that it was done in one take you need to hit up a real studio and learn how to spit first.
THE WORST PART IS IT IS NOT COMING FROM YOUR HEART,but in actuality you just repsent a genreation of rappers you suck and dont know if you rep Chi-town or Bean Town lol.
Lil josepht

Brisbane, Australia

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#49
Apr 2, 2007
 
Rap life is a game you play twice
your either good or your not and u never lay down when they say stop, you prove them wrong wipe the smile of their face your the one in control, go at your own pace.

the world is your oyster and bonethugz are my idol, but rap is just a huge society of survival,

listen up caus ethats whats done, My rap is a poem to be heard in the rap world, to be big in teh real world.

liljosepht ...NZ fo lyf"
Albert

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#50
Apr 2, 2007
 
Lil josepht wrote:
Rap life is a game you play twice
your either good or your not and u never lay down when they say stop, you prove them wrong wipe the smile of their face your the one in control, go at your own pace.

the world is your oyster and bonethugz are my idol, but rap is just a huge society of survival,

listen up caus ethats whats done, My rap is a poem to be heard in the rap world, to be big in teh real world.

liljosepht ...NZ fo lyf"
Ok.that was alright.Are you perswing a career
jerry jerry jerryville

Grafton, IL

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#51
Apr 3, 2007
 
i am a rap and hip hop fan - one reason is becouse rock and roll is stale - hall of fame my ass , their just aint no good rock or metal on the charts ( some one fire them a-holes at sony )- they kill`n the music industry for the sake of the big take
MC CHRIS

Loganlea, Australia

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#52
Apr 3, 2007
 
hows this 1

Im exhausted from doin summer readin,
my eyes skim the pages,
but always miss the meaning.

it took bout 1min but yea
Albert

Oakland, CA

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#53
Apr 3, 2007
 
jerry jerry jerryville wrote:
i am a rap and hip hop fan - one reason is becouse rock and roll is stale - hall of fame my ass , their just aint no good rock or metal on the charts ( some one fire them a-holes at sony )- they kill`n the music industry for the sake of the big take
Well what rap are you listening to if it is Kanye,Game,Clipse,T.I.,Lupe Fiasco i c ya point or if its2Pac,biggie,nas,jay-z i c it but not if its D4L, and all those other corney southern bamas
Streets Poet

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#54
Apr 4, 2007
 
I love seein the discussion of the flow to a percussion, every single junction leads to a bigger function// real rappers write metaphors so i write them better for, the hood/ the good, of my motivated homies, i'm inspired with a passion that brings me to the crony's if u want a real flow then come to see this homie// music is my purpose so it makes some nervous
cause i spit real talk cause the earth is a circus// fufilling my purpose i'mma refuse to loose, its my life, my choice, my path to choose//....

CHECK MY TRACKS OUT AT WWW.MYSPACE.COM/URBANRENEGADES
MIZZ J

Pittsburgh, PA

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#55
Apr 4, 2007
 
Luke wrote:
Yo homedawgs! I'm a new rapper too homies! How I doin so far? Dis is you're rapman speak, right? Don't argue with me or I'll pop a cap in yo a*s!
I'm a wigga and I'm proud! Yeah!
My mind is perverted
my body is submerted...
In bling yo! bling!
i'm a rapper can't you tell
i walk the walk and i talk the talk
I wear the bling, wudja look at this ring?
Even though shes as dumb as a twig
I like her cus her butt is real big
i like my car but
i can't drive far
crappy gas mileage yo! crappy gas mileage!
but the rims are shinny
and the rims are spinny
sh sh sh shinny!
sp sp sp spinny!
shinny and spinny yo!
shinny and spinny!
[spoken without rhythm]
Make sure you girls are skinny, that's all i care about! I don't care if you become anorexic, bulimic, or anything like that! Be dumb...be smart...i don't care..but make sure yo butt is big suga!
Peace out!
was that a good rap or what homez?
that is da gayest rap i have eva heard! y don't u make sumthing out of ur life and go work at mc donalds.
MattO

Perth, Australia

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#56
Apr 4, 2007
 
holysmokes wrote:
maybe i am too old but the use of "great" and "rapper" in the same sentence is a bit of an oxymoron to me.
HAHAHAH
how to be a great rapper:
Steal a hook, crap on about how good you think you are. easy
Albert

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#57
Apr 5, 2007
 
Streets Poet wrote:
I love seein the discussion of the flow to a percussion, every single junction leads to a bigger function// real rappers write metaphors so i write them better for, the hood/ the good, of my motivated homies, i'm inspired with a passion that brings me to the crony's if u want a real flow then come to see this homie// music is my purpose so it makes some nervous
cause i spit real talk cause the earth is a circus// fufilling my purpose i'mma refuse to loose, its my life, my choice, my path to choose//....
CHECK MY TRACKS OUT AT WWW.MYSPACE.COM/URBANRENEGADES
Well that introducment was kind of corny but on your page ya lyrics is hot.-REVIEW URBAN RENAGADES SDEMO- From the name you would excpect a brooklyn rapper from the projects but this fellow MC is from the home of mapel syurp and hokey.Canda may be more known for the stick and phuck game but this could change-if onley a few otherthing's changed.

His flow on the Holla @ Me Baby Instrumental just dosent ride on the beat smoothley as same for "Mo-Mz".The problem is he thinks just because the lyrics are on point that can excuse a disaranged flow which in an area of grown men making songs that have line's like"I wanna dunnna-OH!-cause you so thick"this is refreshing cause we are clearley intune with a smart MC who more convincley say's he's a rap icon than talking about getting money.

At the end of the day while this is clearley somebody who know the fundemental's of MCinghe still has a hit in his batch of so-so songs that sound more like freestyle's."Internationl ey Known" is a song that will have plenty of bootys hips and all shaken with a drink in hand.These are the type of songs thaat should be coverd by the group since it's some on enjoying them self's.Puting clever lyrics over what sounds like a lost gem from "The Black Album" which is more up-tempo.from ssome one who is conected with DJ's and knowing a good beat that make's you nod your head isnt nesicarliey a dance anthem,I can defintley say this one is."Internationley Known" is the type of song to make hip-hop heads listeing to Dilated Peoples and Little Brother to Dance Floor Fiends in to D4L and Young Joc get turned on to this.

Beat's that people really want to hear that wouldd fit the artist souful gritty sound(think KDilated People's "This Way",Kanye West"Touch The Sky",or Jay-Z's "What More Can I Say") and a flow that stay's on the beat is what really they need then.The word's when dilverd seem chewed up instead of each being laied out smoothley.

At the end of the day this is a group who has potential to bring hip-hop out of the coma and make insperationl,club,make money or in their word's"guap" joint's but untill the beginer sounding flow on "It's Mo-Mz" and their freestyle song are lost they are still simpley either boyz from the T.Dot that'll bust through once the southern crunk and bay area hyphy scene's dies down and have A.R.'s rushing to see what's popin in canada or they might just have one very good song and might not be abel to recreate the magic.

Onley time will tell if theyll truley be Internationley Known.-Rating 1 Mic to 5 Mics-3 Mics.
Bob

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#58
Apr 6, 2007
 
I think you should kill yourself.

Since: Apr 07

Austin

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#59
Apr 6, 2007
 
Can't black people think about anything else than rap. It has already damage our reputation. Stop trying to teach people to rap about women, cars, and other fantasy things. I don't like rap, but dance to Hip Hop. Maybe try teaching black males to stay in school and stop impregnating every women that comes there way. I love Ebony men, but it looks like I will have to rely on others races when I reach marriageable age. SAD.

Since: Apr 07

Broomfield, CO

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#60
Apr 6, 2007
 
djhixx wrote:
Can't black people think about anything else than rap. It has already damage our reputation. Stop trying to teach people to rap about women, cars, and other fantasy things. I don't like rap, but dance to Hip Hop. Maybe try teaching black males to stay in school and stop impregnating every women that comes there way. I love Ebony men, but it looks like I will have to rely on others races when I reach marriageable age. SAD.
And also to teach not only black men to stop impregnanting every woman they see, butto teach young BW and girls to stop sleeping around with these men as well!

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