How To Start Rapping In 10 Easy Steps

How To Start Rapping In 10 Easy Steps

In today’s article we’re going to show you how to start rapping, step-by-step. 

As someone who’s had the privilege of traveling around the world from rapping, made lifelong friendships, and even a few bucks along the way…

…It’s my pleasure to present to you the very basics of how to get started in this wonderful art. 

If you’re interested in learning how to rap in a step-by-step, in an easy to follow way by someone just like you who had no musical training and was able to learn rapping to a point to make it a full time career… 

…Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel while you read to get more how to rap tutorials every week. 

(And be sure to check out our course on How To Master The Art of Freestyle Rap In 2 Weeks or Less by clicking HERE)

In any case… 

Let’s not waste anymore time since we’ve got a lot to cover.

1. Make Your Goal To Start Rapping, Not “Become A Rapper”

The first thing you’ll need to do is recognize that rapping – the ability to rap – is a skill that can be developed no matter how much or little musical knowledge you have.

The skill of rhythmically putting rhyming words together with a beat IS something that you can get good at, and you should BELIEVE you can become as good as you want…

…As long as you don’t get too hung up on what you think a “rapper” is a supposed to be.

A lot of people give up too early to actually get good at rapping (or don’t start at all) because they think a rapper is supposed to be ONE way…

…A gangsta, or have a lot of tattoos, or use (or sell) drugs all the time… or whatever…

But at the end of the day…

A rapper is someone who RAPS. 

A writer is someone who writers, an actor is someone who acts, and a rapper is someone who raps.

Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

2. Write At Least 16 Lines Of Rap Everyday 

Why the number 16?

Rap is commonly divided into bars, which is a phrase that essentially means one line of rap from beginning to end.

Bars also have a musical definition which we cover very in-depth in our How To Rap dictionary, a free resource where we give you 100+ words and phrases professional rappers use to create their art… which you can get by clicking HERE

But for the purposes of getting you rapping quickly, just think of a bar as one line of rap. 

Now, over the history of Hip-Hop, certain patterns evolved around how long your average rap verse was… 

…And the most common length was 16 bars, or lines of rap. 

More recently, with the advent of streaming and shortened audience attention spans, many rap verses have been shortened to 12 bars or even 8 bars… 

…But it’s best for you to start writing 16 so that you’re writing MORE so that you get good at rapping FASTER… which is what you want, right?

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Learn how to start rapping by writing 16’s daily

3. Write A Topic At The Top of Each Rap You Write

This is something that I did from the very beginning, thanks to a rap mentor I was lucky enough to have back when I started rapping.

He told me to keep it very simple, so the topic could be just, “shoes” or “girls” or whatever…

…But forcing myself to think of the topic or subject matter EVERY time I wrote even as a beginner helped me to be able to speak more authentically as an artist…

Because I was practicing speaking on a topic the way I SAW it as opposed to what I thought people wanted to hear.

Also, down the road as you get better at rap, you’ll be asked to do features or write songs for cash on a particular subject and you’ll be thankful you practiced  staying on topic so much. 

4. Add A Chorus To Each Of Your 16 Bars of Rap On The Topic

The truth of the matter is that most fans of Hip-Hop enjoy rap being formatted in a song… much like any genre…

…And in addition to hearing your mic skills, they want parts that are easy to remember that they can sing along too…

…By practicing adding a simpler, catchy part of the rap each time you write, you’ll become known not only as someone who can “rap”…

…But someone who can make great MUSIC… 

And when you can make great MUSIC… that’s when the big bucks come in.

Drake, arguably the most well-known rapper today, has made millions of dollars JUST by doing choruses on other rappers songs…

Kendrick Lamar is one of the most respected lyricists in the game, but CHORUSES such as “Humble”, “Alright”, and “Don’t Kill My Vibe” are as iconic to many people as his raps on those songs.

So take a note from the greats and practice adding choruses EVERY single time. 

NOTE: If you’re interested in learning more about the songwriting aspect of rap, I’ve done an additional free course call the Top 20 Songwriting Secrets of Full-Time Rappers which you can pick up by clicking HERE.

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5. Start By Rhyming The Words At The END Of Each Bar, THEN Add In Other Rhymes

For the first few weeks of your rapping practice, don’t worry about trying to fill in 1,000 rhymes per bar or trying to sound like Kendrick or Eminem tomorrow.

Right now as a beginner you’re just trying to get used to organizing your thoughts in a rhythmic, rap fashion.

When I first learned guitar, my Dad (who gave me my first guitar) told me: look, your hands are not used to moving in the directions the notes NEED you to. So don’t get discouraged if it feels WEIRD at first.

Over time, your hands will get used to doing “weird” movements that will eventually become notes on the instrument. 

I’m going to give you the same advice with rap: 

Your mind is not used to slowing down, organizing your thoughts on a page, and then putting them in order in a way that rhymes. 

So it will feel WEIRD at first… BUT that’s okay. Keep it simple in the beginning by just thinking of rhymes at the end of the bar, and then you can stack more later on. 

If you want to jump ahead a little bit and learn more about how to stack rhymes, check out THIS VIDEO where we talk about rhyming forever.

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6. Practice Every Rap Out Loud

As a person learning how to start rapping, one of the most important aspects of rap you’ll need to understand is it’s often not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it.

You can have the most lyrically intricate bars EVER but if you deliver it monotone with no confidence, nobody’s going to want to play your music.

With this in mind, from the very beginning I want you to practice saying every rap OUT LOUD and not just become a “textcee”

(A text-cee being Internet slang for someone who only writes text rhymes in comments and on forums but doesn’t really rap in person… think of it sort of like someone who plays fantasy football and believes that makes them more likely to play in the NFL or in the Premier League… LOL)

“Text-cees”

Additionally, by practicing delivering your rhymes out loud, you’ll begin to notice how certain words and rhyme schemes are easier to say than others (depending on the tempo of the beat), and you’ll want to adjust them to fit the beat more…

…And excellent skill to develop as you get closer to being an advanced rapper.

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Start rapping out loud!

7. 16 for 16

This is a new concept I’ve developed just for this video. 16 for 16 means: 

Write 16 bars (with a chorus) with NO beat for 16 days straight… AND THEN start writing to a beat.

This is a little bit like learning the proper form of a benchpress before adding weight to the bar… 

Or learning how to roll your wrist properly before actually shooting a basketball. 

In any case, I want you to just practice writing everyday in the format we’ve suggested before even DIVING into trying to rhyme on beat… that’s an art within itself.

When I first started, I just wrote to no beat for about two weeks following the system we suggested and then once I knew I was committed to trying to learn rap…

…Then I moved on to beats.

Additionally, you need to prove to yourself (and me as your coach, if you want to call it that), that you even have the work ethic and motivation to do this. 

Do you know how many people have come on this blog and said, “I want to be a rapper so bad, it’s my only dream! Help!” And then when I ask how much rap they write a week…

…They say one rap every couple of weeks… 

Which is automatic indication they don’t have the heart for this game.

There are literally millions of people that want to be rappers.

If you can’t work up the nerve to write a LOT of rap, I’m sorry this isn’t the game for you.

So prove to yourself you’re committed by writing for 16 days straight. 

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How To Start Rapping: Stay committed

8. Learn Basic Flows Then Increase Complexity

After you’ve started to write to a beat, you’ll need to learn how to perfect choice the right rhythm of your words as you interact with the instrumental…

Commonly known as “flow” (or “cadence” occasionally).

I would suggest if you’ve NEVER played an instrument or had any musical training, first learn how to count out to a beat and write a very, basic OLD SCHOOL flow…

…And then increase in complexity as you get more proficient at staying on beat.

I have a playlist called “Rap Flow Techniques” where you can count out with me to different styles of beats and learn to find the tempo quickly, so check it out HERE.

In any case, the main idea here is don’t try to rap like Eminem on Kamikaze TOMORROW or you’ll seriously confuse yourself, sound OFF, and actually take LONGER to perfect flow.

Just like being at the gym, add weight as you get stronger.

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9. Rap In Front of People As Soon As Possible

One of the most noticeable parts of rap music is how much bravado and confidence it requires of its stars.

Until very recently with the wave of “emo rap”… for most of Hip-Hop history, rappers were also required, even when they were sad, to present a kind of “macho” image… whether or not the artist had it or not.

In your case as a beginning rapper, you want to present an image of confidence from the very beginning… EVEN if you’re not fully there yet…

To improve the likelihood people will cheer you on and encourage you to develop your skills even more.

Additionally, whether or not you become a superstar artist or not, the more public speaking and public performance chops you can get under your belt will help to serve you for a lifetime.

I have a video all about how to peform live in front of people which you can view by clicking HERE.

10. “The Streets Will Tell You”

This expression comes from my rap mentor when I was a kid who said…

“When you are ready for the game, you won’t have to tell me. I won’t have to find you. The streets will tell me.”

I always kept that in the back of my mind as a good indication of what I’m headed for… and what you should be headed for as a rapper.

My interpretation of this is that you will know by OTHER people’s reactions to your rapping if you’re ready to go to the next phase of your career.

You won’t have to do any guesswork, you won’t have to convince anybody to bump your record or rap more… the streets will ASK those of you.

If you aren’t at that point yet, then there’s still work to be done. Don’t waste time trying to convince yourself you’re ready.

People will TELL you you’re ready.



Comment Below: 

What inspired you to start rapping?

Drew Morisey, @drewmorisey on Instagram and Twitter

52 thoughts on “How To Start Rapping In 10 Easy Steps

  1. I’m here to be FAMOUS. I love doing what I love so guys don’t waste my time and the music is a good thing for me. I love rapping it makes me feel better and happy. So thank u guys

  2. I’ve been told the I have a way with words (enough times to wonder that maybe people aren’t just talking shit) and that some of my writing I have showed on Instagram would make brilliant rap songs… my head is always full of words and rhymes… so where do I go from here?

  3. Hey i really want to become a rapper jus like xxxtentacion juice wrld and lil peep sum of my favorite singers that passed away rip

  4. Bro
    The verses and bars I make are almost always me talking 2nd person. There’s a lot of ‘you’ in it, like im dissing someone (not specific more a kind of person) or giving advice in that way. Is this a bad thing? And do you have any tips how to change the narrative from 2nd person? I really got lost when people pointed out I do this a lot

  5. Yo bro
    I love rapping a lot and I want to be good as juice wrld, xxxtentacion and Joyner Lucas they are my favorite artists. Although I’m not that good at it yet but I’m gonna put a pot of work to it, thanks for the inspiration words it really help me get in the game

  6. Yes, i am a female, but i want to learn to rap, dont judge me okay,

    i can rap eminems whole song godzilla, and all his other songs.

  7. I don’t really want to be a rapper I love music whenever I listen to a rap song and I sing along It like it create a room for me to relieve my stress and I always found myself happy. It like all the pain are gone . Most time I just keep saying shit that rhymes but not really words today my brother and his friend caught me saying shit that are not word then told me that I should work on my real words not that shit I’m saying that I will make a good rapper. I hope you understand .

  8. Hey, I just read the whole article, it was alot of help I could use help I love to write. I Do write everyday. What inspires me is seeing all these Young Men younger than me, or around the same age as me, 22 Do Big things and Make so much money by expressing their feelings into a Song. They can and could do BIG things for the world that would leave their name in the history books for many generations to come. Like Donating proceeds to certain events, fundraisers, sponsors, back tk the community. The kids. The Elderly. The people like me work a 9-5 everyday just to get by and barely doing that if at all. Living paycheck to paycheck is NOT Fun.

    Thats another thing that inspires me to STRIVE for bigger and better things is breaking your back slaving away for the corporations to feed your family and keep the lights on. Or pay that insurance. Or move into that bigger house. Those things have been a struggle for me but ive never gave up and settle for the bottom bc I alwaus told myself I was meant for the top. I was meant for something better than this. I can Do It. I can be LEGENDARY. I can change the world. I am 22 years old. I was born the same year as MANY Great musicians Our generation had grew to know and Love. The late Juice Wrld being one of them. And so many others. That encourages me. If they can why cant I.. Im tired of hearing about drugs killing and WAP. W** A** P**** .. And that was “The song of the year” knowing we went through the worst year and will go down in history. But for that to be playing on the radio and they banning dr suess books.. Im sorry I’m just venting and honestly believe you are listening.
    Thanks

  9. Thanks for the great article/your tips!
    I’ve only been wanting to increase my repertoire of musical tools (and honestly just being able to rap along to my favourite songs, hehe).
    So now I’m wondering if it also makes sense to try and rap along to other people’s flows as well?

    1. Thanks for reaching out Anna!

      Yes, rapping along with other people’s flows is a good idea especially in the beginning, but the sooner you can start creating your OWN original music, the better… 🙂

  10. If I’m not meat slappin’,
    Then I be rappin;
    Chokin’ my chicken
    And finger lickin!
    Huh! Give it to me mama…

  11. Hello Drew, I have been following your youtube channel for months now.. Honestly you doing a great job. I really love rap right from childhood.. I love fast rappers like eminem, NF, Dax and others. I’d really love to be able to write my own rap songs but most times I really find it difficult.. I would really love some help

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