Not everyone can be a rap musician. Why is that? Of course because not everyone has the ability to pronounce words and sentences quickly, clearly and meaningfully. The world's fastest rap musician can even recite a dozen syllables in one second! Interested in trying to break the record? Try applying the tips below! However, always remember that what really matters is not how fast you pronounce it, but how you can recite the lyrics quickly without losing their meaning.
Method 1 of 4: Practice Pronunciation with Tongue Twisters
Step 1. Find some examples of tongue twisters that you can practice with
Don't choose the easy and simple twist of the tongue! If necessary, try practicing using the longest and hardest tongue twisters you can find online; Choose some examples of tongue twisters with a variety of words and letters to maximize your practice.
One example of twisting of the tongue that you can try is: "There are times when the ants smile at each other and shake hands with the ants who want to smile and shake hands with the ants."
Step 2. Say the whole word out loud
Focus on pronouncing each word as clearly and quickly as possible! This exercise is effective in relaxing the tongue muscles and helping you to speak at a faster tempo afterwards.
Step 3. Pronounce the whole word in one breath
This exercise is effective in improving your breathing pattern. As a result, you can apply a more professional technique in reciting rap song lyrics. In addition, this exercise is also effective in increasing your lung capacity. It will also help you to say more words in one breath.
- If you're still having trouble doing this, try practicing your breathing by doing the technique below.
- Hissing is a good process to start with breathing exercises. Try to inhale for a count of 4, then exhale in a hissing manner for a count of 4. After that, inhale for a count of 6, then exhale for a count of 10. Continue the exercise process by continuously increasing the duration of your breathing (inhale for a count of 2 and exhale for a count of 12, inhale for a count of 4 then exhale for a count of 16, inhale for a count of 2 and then exhale for a count of 16, inhale for a count of 1 then exhale in 20 counts).
Step 4. Don't tolerate mistakes
If you accidentally make a mistake, repeat the process from the beginning. Make sure you always pronounce the whole word quickly and precisely; After all, a professional rap musician wouldn't have a chance to right his wrongs on stage either, would they? But remember, everyone must have made mistakes; so don't be too upset if you do it on purpose; most importantly, keep trying to reduce the frequency.
Step 5. Repeat tongue twisting at a faster tempo
Do this exercise for at least 5-10 minutes every day to improve your speaking technique and speed. If you want, you can even time it to measure your progress from day to day.
Method 2 of 4: Remembering Lyrics
Step 1. Choose a rap song for you to learn
While you can choose a song of any tempo, it's a good idea to start your practice with a medium tempo song. Snoop Dog, 50 Cent, or Biggie have plenty of medium-tempo songs that budding rap musicians can easily learn.
Step 2. Read the lyrics
While listening to the music, read the lyrics of your song and try to remember every word it contains.
Try to visualize the story contained in the lyrics or focus on the meaning so that you can memorize the lyrics more easily
Step 3. Recite the lyrics with music
Keep the paper with the lyrics out of your sight and try to recite it using your memory. Make sure your tempo doesn't "run away" from the music.
Step 4. Recite the lyrics without music
Try reciting the lyrics without the help of music; if there are some parts you forgot, start the process again from the beginning. Keep trying until you can actually memorize all the lyrics.
Step 5. Repeat the above steps until you are really able to memorize the lyrics
Remember, no professional rap musician brings a piece of paper with lyrics to the stage! After all, memorizing the lyrics will help you recite them at a much faster tempo.
Method 3 of 4: Improving the Flow of Pronunciation
Step 1. Keep practicing
Remember, you will only achieve perfection through regular practice. Therefore, spend 1-2 hours each day practicing tongue twisting and performing some rap songs; however, make sure you also always take the time to rest your vocal cords between exercises. Keep yourself focused and committed to improving over time.
Step 2. Try analyzing the techniques used by rap artists like Tech N9ne, Twista, and Eminem
Be aware of how they emphasize some sentences or tone of voice; also understand the impression that arises from their pronunciation (for example, the impression of sarcasm, irony, or humor). Professional rap musicians have the ability to recite song lyrics very quickly without losing the meaning or message of the song. Try practicing your intonation to convey the exact meaning of the song while pronouncing it quickly.
Step 3. Notice the pause
After learning to pronounce lyrics quickly, you need to learn to stop (pause) quickly; doing so will help the audience to process the lyrics they hear. In addition to adding to the uniqueness of the performance, changing the tempo of the performance will also create a contrast that makes your rap rhythm sound faster in the audience's ears.
Pronounce each alphabet as fast as you can, but inhale after the E, G, and N. Doing this method can help you keep on reciting the lyrics quickly even when your instincts tell you to stop, and to stop when you should be talking
Step 4. Learn slang terms
Often times, rap song lyrics seem to have their own dictionary; some terms you won't even be able to understand if you don't learn them. Therefore, if you come across a diction that you don't understand, try looking up the meaning in a dictionary. Chances are, these dictions will come in handy when you start writing your own lyrics.
Method 4 of 4: Writing Rap Song Lyrics
Step 1. Use your imagination
The best lyrics are the ones that can turn thoughts into meaningful words. Keep your lyrics simple and easy for listeners to understand; make sure they don't have to carry a dictionary to interpret your song! If possible, try filling your lyrics with creative rhymes.
- Instead, mix original imagination with unique thoughts that can express your outlook on life. For example, you could start reading the lyrics to Lil'Wayne's song below.
" I'm probably in the sky flying with the fishes / Or maybe in the ocean swimming with the pigeons / See my World is Different (Look how different my world is)."
Step 2. Memorize all the lyrics to be displayed
To give a perfect performance, of course you need to really master the material that will be displayed. Of course you won't be able to recite the lyrics quickly if you don't remember them well, right? Therefore, make sure you memorize the lyrics as well as memorizing your home address or phone number.
Step 3. Create your own style
Remember, all professional rap musicians are unique; that's why you also have to find the uniqueness. Using your training and knowledge, try to give a performance that reflects both your inspiration and your personal approach to music. Remember, it's not just how fast your tempo is in pronouncing the lyrics, but also how you pronounce them.
- The delivery method chosen must be able to reflect your character and personality. Are you a sedentary, intense, or fashion-sensitive person? The character must be able to be seen in your every appearance.
- Perform your music with confidence. If you're having trouble doing it, at least pretend to be confident until you get used to it. Remember, you won't be able to attract an audience if you don't seem convinced by the music; a good performer always knows how to “sell” a complete performance to the audience.