Previous Winners

HOW TO BE A RAPPER

Advice on how to be a rapper

 how to be a rapper

How to be a rapper:  Rap is a style of popular music where a recurring beat pattern provides the backing to rapid, slangy, and often boastful rhyming. Rapping can come from a mix of influences such as, elements of speech, prose, poetry and song, and is distinctive from spoken word poetry by the fact it’s performed in time to a beat. Below are some tips on how to be a rapper.

HOT TIP! Don’t always have to learn to rap a whole song it can be a useful tool to use as a breakdown in a song and be really effective. Think Cher Lloyd, Alesha Dixon when she was in Mis-Teeq and Jessie in Little Mix all use rap as a breakdown to great effect within a performance. 

How to be a Rapper – Top tips!

How to be a Rapper – Listen to that Genre

If you’re looking to learn how to be a rapper or simply want to improve on the skills you already have, then a good place to start is by listening to lots of rap music from different regions, such as, New York style ‘boom-bap’ or hip-hop of the underground, to name a few. It’s a good idea to immerse yourself in the culture and the different sounds of hip-hop and rap music to understand the influences and foundation of this particular genre. Of course the difficulty is making yourself original.

How to be a Rapper - It’s all about the Rhythm

It’s important to remember that rapping is much more than just saying a few words that rhyme, it’s just as much about the rhythm. A great way to try and help with the rhythm of rap music is by focusing on just the instrumental of the song, where you’ll start to get a sense of how the words fit into the beat. If the song is an original, this is a great way to help tidy up those lyrics that might not quite fit the rhythm.

To give a stand out performance you have to be able to feel the music throughout the whole of your body. If your brain and body are not in tune with the beat, it’s safe to say your rap will look and feel stiff and unnatural. One of the most common reasons for this is often from over thinking, such as, trying to make sure you stay on time or not being confident in your own words.

How to be a Rapper

Once you have mastered rapping to a beat try and rap the song acapella. This will not only improve your confidence, but if you can rap without any aid of a backing track then you know you have mastered rhythm and staying on beat. 

HOT TIP! Learning to beatboxing is a great tool to help learn rhythm, and is also a useful technique you can use in your performance alongside rapping.

How to be a Rapper - Writing your own Rhymes

Once you feel comfortable and confident you know how to rap to a rhythm and beat, start making your own rhymes. If you’re stuck for ideas, then a good place to start is by being influenced by what’s around you, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like what you’ve written, as long as you’re practising. This will help you in developing your own style.

HOT TIP! Get a rhyming dictionary to help improve your rhymes, and try and develop your vocabulary by reading as much as you can.

How to be a Rapper – How to Rap Effectively

It’s no good mastering a good rhyme if you’re unable to rap the words effectively. Using these tips below could be the difference to what makes your performance memorable or forgettable.

  • Emphasis the consonants – don’t try and rap the way you would normally talk.
  • Keep words clear and sharp!
  • The rhythm is more important than rhyme – if freestyling, don’t stop if your words don’t rhyme, if you keep on beat everything will be fine, as the rhythm will help you get back on track.
  • It’s ok to think about your next line – but remember to still give 100% to the line you’re currently rapping.

HOT TIP! In order to do well, you will need to introduce something fresh to the industry.

HOW TO BE A RAPPER

Take a look at some other similar articles; 

How to Write a Song

Act Image and Synchronisation

Audience Engagement

And don't forget you can enter Open Mic UK now! 

Click here for more music industry advice

Music Industry Advice

  • DORSET OPEN MIC NIGHTS THE TOP 10


    DORSET OPEN MIC NIGHTS THE TOP 10

    The top 10 of Dorset's open mic nights. We take a look at the best open mic nights that the county of Dorset has to offer singers and musicians.

    There’s a ton of opportunities to enjoy some fantastic live …

    Read More...
  • BOURNEMOUTH OPEN MIC NIGHTS THE TOP 10


    BOURNEMOUTH OPEN MIC NIGHTS THE TOP 10

    With new bars and music venues popping up all over, there’s definitely a buzz about Bournemouth. 

    Open Mic Finder in Bournemouth

    Bournemouth not only possesses a gorgeous coastline and vibrant …

    Read More...
  • TOP 10 OPEN MIC NIGHTS SOUTHAMPTON 2018


    TOP 10 OPEN MIC NIGHTS SOUTHAMPTON 2018  

    Open Mic Finder in Southampton

    Southampton may be best known for its connection to the Titanic, but the city has also made a name for itself through its thriving music scene. This bustling …

    Read More...
  • HOW TO RAP


    HOW TO RAP

    Rapping with confidence, control, and emotion.

    How to Rap - Five Key Areas of Focus

    How to Rap: In this article we have focused on five key areas to help you improve your rapping techinique.Lyrics are the fundamental part of any rap …

    Read More...
  • MUSIC ARTIST MANAGEMENT


    MUSIC ARTIST MANAGEMENT

    What does Music Artist Management do?

     

    Music Artist Management: All music mangers vary and can do an array of different jobs to help artists develop every aspect of their music careers. What a manager does for you …

    Read More...
  • LOOKING FOR A MUSIC MANAGER?


    LOOKING FOR A MUSIC MANAGER?

    Should you be looking for a music manager?

    Looking for a music manager?: Certainly what we’d advise especially when starting out is just concentrate on your own affairs to begin with before you start looking …

    Read More...
  • WRITING A PRESS RELEASE


    WRITING A PRESS RELEASE 

    Putting together and writing a press release

    Writing a press release: You need something to back up your words explaining your story for your newspaper article, that’s where writing a press release, comes in. …

    Read More...
  • MUSIC PRODUCTION


    MUSIC PRODUCTION

    Choosing a recording studio for your music production 

    Music Production: You’ve spent time and effort writing your own material, so when it comes to music production – laying down your tracks, choosing a …

    Read More...

News

  • JAMES NEILSON CROWNED OPEN MIC UK 2017 CHAMPION!


    JAMES NEILSON CROWNED OPEN MIC UK 2017 CHAMPION!

    Future Music have crowned James Neilson Open Mic UK's 2017 overall winner

    Open Mic UK 2017 Champion: The national music competition Open Mic UK has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of …

    Read More...
  • OPEN MIC UK 2017 PRIZE WINNERS


    OPEN MIC UK 2017 PRIZE WINNERS

    Judges’ Top Scores and Prize Winners Announced

    Open Mic UK 2017 Prize Winners: The Open Mic UK 2017 Grand Final judges’ top scores and prize winners have been revealed! The national music competition …

    Read More...
  • TEENSTAR 2018 AUDITION DATES NOW RELEASED!


    TeenStar 2018 Audition Dates Now Released!

    TeenStar 2018 audition dates are now released! TeenStar, the UK’s only singing and dance competition exclusively for 19 year olds and younger, have now released their 2018 audition dates! …

    Read More...
  • SAM CLINES CROWNED OPEN MIC UK 2016 CHAMPION!


    SAM CLINES CROWNED OPEN MIC UK 2016 CHAMPION!

    Future Music have crowned Sam Clines Open Mic UK's 2016 overall winner

    Open Mic UK winner: The national singing competition Open Mic UK has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious …

    Read More...
  • OPEN MIC UK MUSIC COMPETITION WINNER


    OPEN MIC UK MUSIC COMPETITION WINNER – JUDGES’ TOP SCORES!

    The Open Mic UK music competition winner 2016 Grand Final judges’ top scores have been revealed! The Open Mic UK music competition Grand Final took place at The NEC in …

    Read More...
  • TEENSTAR 2017 AUDITION DATES NOW RELEASED!


    TeenStar audition dates now released!

    TeenStar audition dates are now released! TeenStar, the UK’s only competition exclusively for pre-teens and teenagers, have now released their audition dates! And new for this year it’s also open …

    Read More...
  • AUDITION DATES RELEASED


    AUDITION DATES RELEASED

    Music competition auditions for Open Mic UK 2016 are announced today! 

    Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2016! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be …

    Read More...

Act Feedback

  • A&R MUSIC – ADVICE FROM THE MUSIC INDUSTRY


    A&R MUSIC – ADVICE FROM THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

    A&R music industry professionals provide advice from the Grand Final. 

    A&R Music: The Open Mic UK music competition grand final hosted the best unsigned singers from across the …

    Read More...
  • NORTH EAST MUSIC CONTEST


    NORTH EAST MUSIC CONTEST

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for the North East Music Contest at Dewsbury Town Hall

        

    North East Music Contest: Open Mic UK is more than a competition and if you’d like …

    Read More...
  • SOUTH ENGLAND MUSIC CONTEST


    SOUTH ENDLAND MUSIC CONTEST

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for South England Music Contest at The Engine Rooms

         

    South England Music Contest: Open Mic UK is more than a competition and if you’d …

    Read More...
  • NORTH WEST AND SCOTLAND MUSIC CONTEST


    NORTH WEST AND SCOTLAND MUSIC CONTEST

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for North West and Scotland Music Contest at The Forum Theatre

        

    North West and Scotland Music Contest: Open Mic UK is more than a …

    Read More...
  • MIDLANDS MUSIC CONTEST


    MIDLANDS MUSIC CONTEST

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Midlands Music Contest at The NEC

       

    Midlands Music Contest: Open Mic UK is more than a competition and if you’d like advice on how to develop as …

    Read More...
  • LONDON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES - 12th November


    LONDON MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for London music opportunities at the Beck Theatre

     

    London Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK is more than a competition and if you’d like advice on how …

    Read More...
  • READING MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES


    READING MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Reading music opportunities at Sub89

       

    Reading Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Reading music opportunities at the weekend. The …

    Read More...
  • SHEFFIELD MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES


    SHEFFIELD MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

    Singers and songwriters came to impress at a show for Sheffield music opportunities at The Sheffield City Hall

       

    Sheffield Music Opportunities: Open Mic UK gave budding singers Sheffield music …

    Read More...

Join us on

   Facebook Twitter YouTube Pinterest