How To Make A Mixtape: Making Your Rap Song
In our last discussion, we referenced a few things related to making your mixtape such as the number of songs you should consider including on your mixtape project. As you prepare to create your mixtape you will want to consider these aspects of creating your songs:
- What You Say
- Your Energy
- Your Delivery
What You Say
What you say while making your rap song will directly impact your listeners. Your rap lyrics give you the opportunity to leave a first and lasting impression. If you freestyle your raps, make sure you’ve practiced freestyling often so that you are well prepared to deliver when it’s time to record your vocals.
If you are more a traditional songwriter, carefully craft your lyrics. As with anything, the more you practice and study, the better you will become. Strive for excellence as you make your own mixtape.
Energy is one of the most overlooked components to making a rap song. Music is essentially an emotion and if you aren’t expressing yourself on the microphone you are missing out on making a connection with your listeners.
Rapping in a monotone voice with no changes in the inflection of your voice or delivery, lead to dull sounding music that will typically be turned off in the first 30-45 seconds.
What you say and the energy (emotion) that you say it with are a powerful combination; these things help you sell yourself and music to new fans.
When you hear your favorite rapper rapping on a hip hop beat, you’ll notice that he/she generally raps with the rhythm of the instrumental. When a music producer is making a beat for the hip hop genre they typically create beats in measures of 4. As you write your mix tape music, you’ll want to make sure you’re rapping “in time” with the instrumentals you choose. This makes it easy for your listener to follow the progression of music and the story you’re trying to tell.