July 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm #625
My name is Sensei Shaggy, an adequately versatile lyricist. Starting a general discussion on freestyling and the how to’s, Because personally i think the most disheartening thing about freestyling is in the beginning and intermediate levels of skill the concept of style is loosely explored. And i do believe that it is the most important aspect of Rapping in general, I.E. Why people like chance, or Eminem seem so fresh with such inspired skill, as opposed to their predecessors. Is they took time to develop a style of their own. The best advice on the topic is Practice, but not only practicing in the sense of thinking of new words, but thinking of a central theme, style, rhyme scheme, pronunciation, voice. Whatever, those are the things that stand out in sound, Dope lyrics are awesome but anyone can pick up a dictionary and learn new words. It takes real dedication to turn words into art. And I personally believe this is the hardest part, or the struggle for becoming adept and really intrigued by what you can come up with. It’s an exploration and taming of your subconscious thoughts.
July 16, 2017 at 7:07 pm #632
- This topic was modified 1 month ago by senseishaggy.
Sensei Shaggy, you’re the man! Thx for being first to dive into the forum, even though there’s not much water *yet*! Your bold move will be remembered for many freestyles to come lol.
More to the point, I also have a hunch that freestyle it is the most important aspect of rapping, as you say. IMO a background in freestyling tends to produce the most skilled rappers. What makes a rapper “good” is too subjective to really pin down, which is why I say “skilled”. By “skilled” I sorta mean:
- The ability to flow in a way that conveys greater feeling & soul by mimicking natural human speech
- The reciprocal ability to read a beat well and rework the flow according to the will of the instrumental, so to speak
“…to turn words into art… intrigued by what you can come up with… taming your subconscious thoughts.” Yes! Beautifully said. That’s exactly what freestyling is, to a lot of people. I also think it’s a tragically misunderstood art form, but I’ll save that rant for another post lol.
August 8, 2017 at 8:12 am #675
- This reply was modified 1 month ago by SuperStrangeLoop.
In my opinion freestyling is a stream of consciousness. It’s a way to stay sharp and prove to people that you are a MC. Is it the “most important aspect” I don’t believe it to be “the most important aspect” but it’s one of the elements of being an MC. To be able to take a word and flip it and wow people is an amazing ability. But I truly think, what people really respect is the songs in and your lyrics. You just sit there and drop bars all day, but if you can’t move people or Inspire them with a feeling, then what are you being an artist for
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