The Right Way To Practice Your Rap Craft In Order To Get Better


The Right Way To Practice Your Rap Craft In Order To Get Better

Okay, so you have a little concern about The Right Way To Practice Your Rap Craft.  Honestly – I used to have this same problem.  The whole reason for coming up with the book,

The Official How To Rap Manual was because I wanted to come up with a way for me to better my self as a rapper.  I wanted a guide, a manual of some sort and at that time it wasn’t any thing around that I could learn from.  The only thing I had to teach myself how to rap was listening to the radio learning form some of my favorite artist.

I didn’t just listen, I actually studied the way they rhymed over a beat.  Most people listen to the words, actually most people who are listeners, listen to the words of a song when they first hear it.  Me, I listen to how they say it rather than what they say over a beat.  When I first started, this helped me to learn different cadences, and rhyme schemes.

Once I would get home I’d remember what it was I heard and what format I wanted to try out.  From there I would pop in a instrumental on my computer and just start writing away.  The Point System I developed is the key to rapping over any beat every single way imaginable.  There isn’t a rhyme scheme or style that it doesn’t match up against.

After the point system came about I had a foundation I could bank on, I call it an understanding and that was something that I didn’t really have up to that point.  So this is where the practice part comes in.  I rhymed and rhymed and rhymed as much as I could.  Compositions on top of compositions – That’s really the only way you’re going to get better.  Practice makes perfect when it comes to improving your craft.  Pick a style and master it.  Practice it until it becomes natural and stay on point. Staying on beat is half the battle.

That’s the only way to practice your craft.  Everyday for the next 30 days commit to writing a verse a day.  That’s just 16 bars.  Pick a rhyme scheme and practice it for a whole month.  For example, write a verse where each bar rhymes on point 8.  Once you master it, switch to something else.  Don’t let yourself get discouraged – if you feel like starting over… don’t.  Just continue to write and go where ever it takes you.  It doesn’t even have to make since, just make the words rhyme on Points 8 of each bar.  Do this until it sounds natural.  Sometimes I hear people rapping over a beat and you can tell when they are rushing or they are putting to many syllables in one line and it sounds like the bar is rushed and off point. (Make sure you write to a beat, so you can stay on point – if its not on point, your lines will sound out of place)

What ever you do, don’t get discouraged.  This is just practice – you don’t even have to let anybody listen to them…at first, but remember getting feedback is always a good thing.  The best way to critique your-self is to get a recorder and record your self.  A Portable hand recorder or Studio will be fine, even a web cam can help you critique your flow.  Remember, listen to how you say it rather than what you say.  Try this little exercise for a month and I can almost guarantee you’ll be better than you were when you started.  Also, next time your listening to your favorite artist, listen more to how they say it, rather than what they say and see what you can find.  Most of the time your style or flow is going to be determined how you say your rhymes.  You can check out the article “Words Fall On Which Points?” for a better understanding of the point-system.

One more tip, and that is, switch it up.  Experiment – In other words, build your core foundation.  Pick a style that you like, master it and experiment with different ins and outs.  You’re searching for your rap voice.  This is when you come into yourself as an artist.  Some find their voice quicker than others.  I hope this helps, if so be sure to leave us a comment.

Jamaal West is the author of The Official How To Rap Manual.  He has over 15 years experience helping others improve rap skill and rhyming ability.  Inventor of the How2rap Point-System & The Understanding Bars Tutorial his techniques on teaching others to rap have been regarded as one of the best of its kind since the year 2000.
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Jamaal is a online entrepreneur and owner of various online businesses that range from urban entertainment to online marketing. He is a author, artist, and CEO with over 15 years experience in his particular fields of interest.

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This article has 34 comments

  1. Lboogie Tha Man 04/20/2015, 2:06 am:

    Yo playa I wish I could meet u I gotta alot on my rap mind “L” THA ARTIST.

  2. rhyder 11/21/2014, 1:35 pm:

    fantastic article,special thanks to the author!! CHEA!!!

  3. collage 11/04/2014, 3:11 pm:

    Damn man, i use to be real dope at writing and now my skills got so rusty to the point that i’m feelin stuck.
    Doing rap for a living is my bigest dream and im not gonna give it up, but i do need a good method and a good practice schaduel in order to get back on it full speed.
    i need to start from scratch and i dont know how.

    Can someone please healp me with that?
    I allways got problems with rhyme schemes so this is really really important to me.
    I made myself a promise, 3 years from now i’m on stages in L.A, doing my thing.

    • collage 11/04/2014, 3:19 pm:

      *I allways had problems

      • collage 11/04/2014, 3:28 pm:

        BTW, this goes out to YOU, JAMAAL WEST.

        It means to world to me man.
        I’m willing to pay any price for you to healp me as a professional to build an effective method and a daily practice-schedule.

  4. Timmy 05/07/2013, 9:36 pm:

    istill need help with rapping to this beat cant start it off dunno what to write about helppppppp

  5. heaven scratch 04/02/2013, 2:14 pm:

    this helped me get ready for my class rapping thing…i was terrible

  6. Tim 02/19/2013, 1:31 am:

    My favorite article I ever read on improving my rapping. I honestly just started this like yesterday and can say, its effective and I’m already working on the ins and outs of my style. Also when you understand how bars go like 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and then you can find out what you want to write in a 4/4 measure. At least that is what helping me improve. Thanks Jamaal West for this article it worked out really well. I better get off got another verse to write when I get back home, but maybe I’ll eat first I don’t know. (haha) Thanks again.


    • Jamaal West 02/19/2013, 3:33 pm:

      Your welcome Tim keep up the good work. :)

      • Tim 02/20/2013, 1:22 pm:

        Thanks man, I appreciate the comment back and also the rhyme scheme thing does work. I am now able to follow any kind of beat with no problem. What I do is put down 4 bars with one rhyme scheme then switch it up on the next 4 bars. I do that for the whole 16. and it feels real cool, cause I am not developing a flow with it, which I suggest this article to anyone who is really interested in making rhymes, cause I now at least 5 to 10 verses a day. Thanks to this article.

        • Jamaal West 02/20/2013, 2:22 pm:

          That’s awesome Tim…sounds like you got it down pack

  7. DaRon 11/14/2012, 5:53 am:

    Thanks a lot for the info and gotta get that book in my life!

  8. asael villa 11/09/2012, 12:32 am:

    thanks guys i became the most talented kid in school once againTHANK U u made a driffence whit my life

  9. chrisbal 09/17/2012, 4:42 am:

    Am very happy too see this, but will still like to ask some question. If possible mail me so I will send ma question

  10. Joel Pirela 07/06/2012, 6:39 am:

    Do you have somewhere (program) where you teach people?

    • Jamaal West 08/18/2012, 7:56 am:

      Not at the moment but possibly in the future..would you be interested?

  11. iceyberg 06/06/2012, 6:17 pm:

    it really help thanks

    • Jamaal West 08/18/2012, 7:56 am:

      Good thanks for commenting

  12. JW 02/01/2012, 7:46 pm:

    Glad this article was able to help all of you…keep it up

  13. tepecks 11/26/2011, 10:57 am:

    yhea man thnx a lot dope stuf

    • learn2rap 01/25/2012, 8:04 pm:


  14. Itumeleng 09/05/2011, 7:05 am:

    It ws rly authentic and i learnt alt frm ths

    • Jamaal West 08/18/2012, 8:41 am:

      Thank you

  15. gabriel asre 05/01/2011, 6:21 pm:

    thanks its very encouraging.

    • Jamaal West 08/18/2012, 8:42 am:

      Wonderful gabriel

  16. simon 04/17/2011, 8:42 am:

    thanx man 4 telling me how. I rap big now.

    • Jamaal West 08/18/2012, 8:41 am:

      Great your welcome

  17. t-cryme 03/28/2011, 7:01 pm:

    that a really good.

  18. BJIZZLE 02/17/2011, 11:11 am:


  19. Kay D 02/02/2011, 1:51 pm:

    thank you so much for putting up this article. Its helpful..Yap…this is what i do..

    • Jamaal West 08/18/2012, 8:43 am:

      my pleasure…good luck

  20. tone 01/27/2011, 4:43 am:

    I practice in my car, on the way to class….

  21. Kole W 01/27/2011, 4:42 am:

    Thanks great article, really helped.

    • sahil 02/19/2011, 10:19 am:

      its a gud artical

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