Content Ideas for Rap AlbumPosted on 15 Apr 23:44
I am working on a rap album, but first I need to learn how to rap.
What are you working on these days?
To get started, I bought a rhyming dictionary, a 'How to Rap' book and a small notepad that I scratched 'RAP' into the cover (where I can make notes about my rap ideas).
I figure this is a great start!
1) I love hip hop
2) Hiphop is a powerful art-form for spreading messages (I would argue that it is the MOST influential art-form at my disposal). Hiphop drives culture.
According to 'How to Rap', there are 3 parts to the art of HipHop. They are all important:
First, is CONTENT: what are you going to talk about. Ideas or Butts?
Second is FLOW: the pauses, the style...
Last is DELIVERY: are you chill or angry or goofin' around?
I have been keeping a list of values that are important for this project:
1) don't swear
2) keep it positive
3) tell stories
4) keep it clean
5) be creative and have fun!
Because I only decided to make a rap album a few months ago, I am still working through the CONTENT part, while I practice free-styling when doing the dishes or driving in the car. I have a long way to go. This is fine.
SONG CONTENT TOPICS SO FAR:
• If you are listening to this through your phone you should stop looking at your phone so much. You can't hear intuition if there is always noise. Turn it off. :)
• Attitude and how everything can always be alright.
• Let if flow and let it go. You can't control everything around you.
• Consistency and Repetition. Do the same thing. Even if you suck, suck a lot!
• Getting put on anti-depressants, having a bad boss. Quitting everything and beginning the search for freedom. Not money. Not fame. But finding TIME to create.
• My version of Biggie Smalls '10 Crack Commandments'.
• You don't have to have answers or solutions, you just have to be able to identify and explain the problem.
• God went past religion and came right to me. (Mos Def inspired)
• Thank and make fun of 'the 4 Hour Workweek' by Tim Ferris.
Somewhere in the lyrics I want to thank:
• Biggies Smalls for having such good flow and helping me learn
• J.Cole, Kanye West and a Tribe Called Quest for inspiration
• Logic! (hiphop artist I most connect with)
• Damu the Fudgemonk - the best beatmaker ever to practise to. Exactly my beat style.
• Tim Ferris and #GaryVee for helping me in the search for time
• Chris Wiersma (Long time friend and mentor)
• My old bad boss (forget his name). I become an entrepreneur because I had a bad boss. This changed everything.
• Parents etc.
As strange as it is for a 33 year old happily married father of 2 from the suburbs to start rapping, this is not out of the blue!
1) I spent most of my early life making music. It was my obsession. Every day for hours on end I played guitar, played the drums, recorded and mixed. I know music software and have some hidden skill-sets which just need to be dusted off.
I moved into visuals arts and then life took over. I miss making music.
2) My younger brother is a beat-maker and classical pianist. I could not find a better partner for this project.
3) I may have a chunk of time and a studio space in the next 1-3 years.
Any questions? :)
For example: 'What does this have to do with Resin?'