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How to find your rap style – a step by step guide

How to find your rap style - a step by step guide

I hear that a lot of rappers struggle with finding their own specific style in their rap career. But you shouldn’t be worried about it at all, the uncertainty would make it only worse. So in this article, I will tell you how to find your own style and be sure that it’s yours.

I will provide you a step-by-step guide on how to find it. It’s pretty short and doesn’t take much effort, especially if you already have done some of the steps. I suggest you begin right now, so you can be determined about your future as a musician. Let’s get to the first step!

Define your rap name

Define your rap name

This step is very important and fundamental for finding your own rap style. I already have written a guide on how to come up with your rap name, so you should go there first and get you a relevant true nickname, even if you already have one, make yourself sure that you have picked it right.

So why is it so important? First of all, your rap name should be assigned right to your character or other personal features because on all your musician career your own nickname will influence you and route you to specific vibes in your music. You must define your nickname, not your nickname define you.

Secondly, it’s important for self-marketing because when people see you on Spotify with a nickname “Smooth booth” but you sound like “Bones”, they would get confused, so you don’t target your actual audience. Look at a rapper named “PARTYNEXTDOOR”, from this nickname you can understand, that his music is gonna be soulful and not banging.

Look which artists do you usually listen to

Look which artists do you usually listen to

You listen to particular artists because they match your personality. Like if you like light hip-hop tracks for instance from Amine, you wouldn’t listen to Waka Flocka Flame. Yes, I agree that some people are very versatile in music tastes, but it’s for sure that most of their favorite artists will determine your character and thus you need to look up for them, maybe make a list and compare it. Listen to their songs and write down, which unique qualities or small parts you love in the track.

Like if you appeal to tracks of Polo G or 21 Savage, you probably have a more minimalistic and darker style. So you need to find or produce required lyrics and beats to match your purposes. By the way, you can also listen to a lot of beats, and find your favorite, try out to freestyle on them, it will help you a lot to define your style.

Listen to yourself and produce tracks

Listen to yourself and produce tracks

Try to get out of any trends and particular existing types and styles in hip-hop and rap. Forget all of that and just start freestyling, you can use a simple beat to keep you on a rhythm. It would be perfect to use a metronome and set it to the most suitable tempo for your freestyle, I found for you an online metronome here.

This trick is very useful for defining your own style because here you just do what you want and let your mind apply all its creativity to create art. It’s very good to find your very own outstanding style in rapping or any other direction of music production. Make sure to give it a try at least once, I am completely sure it will help you out a lot especially when you stuck in your musician path.

That’s everything I wanted to share with you in this article. I hope you will take your time and use all these techniques step-by-step to find your own way of making amazing music. Take care and I wish you good luck and success in your music career. You can also check out my works on this website, just click the button below. See you soon 🙂

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