Do you have dreams of becoming a famous rapper? Do you have the talent and the drive but not much money? Then you have come to the right place!
Rap music is prevalent in today’s society and has cemented itself as one of the most popular genres of music out there. So it’s no surprise that there are lots of people that love the genre and want to become a rapper themselves.
In this article, we will help you learn how to become a rapper and cover what you will need to do to succeed. Also don’t worry if money is tight, as we will explain how to become a rapper with no money.
What Is A Professional Rapper?
If you’re here then no doubt you already know what a rapper is – it is what you are striving for! Being able to support yourself as a professional rap artist is no mean feat, it takes skill, dedication and determination. It can be done though, just look at artists such as Eminem. He overcame poverty and a difficult upbringing, and he didn’t let these things hold him back. He is now recognised as the best-selling solo rapper of all time!
What Do You Need To Become A Rapper?
So what do you need to become a rapper? There are some set skills and knowledge that you need, and I’m sure you will already be aware of most of them. However, it’s still a good idea to have a list to refer to at a later date. Let’s take a closer look at what they are, shall we?
- Talent: This is first on our list because you aren’t going to make it as a professional rapper without talent! You should then put in the work and hone your skills. This can be done through a variety of methods, such as online courses and going to rap events.
- Branding and Marketing: As you know, marketing is extremely important in an artist’s career. It is not something to be overlooked and you should put hard work into cultivating your marketing channels. There are various different marketing channels at your disposal, such as a website, posters, flyers, word of mouth and more. Branding relates to the selection of your unique performer name. Choose something that people will remember and take note of.
- Understanding of the music industry: You should also have a basic understanding of how the music industry works, particularly for your genre. This gives you a head start and allows you to be in control of your music career.
- Finding rapping jobs: You should also be familiar with how to find paid rapping jobs. You can actually find them in a variety of ways, such as through word of mouth, an agent, through friends or by being discovered on music distribution channels such as Botmusix, SoundCloud or Spotify.
Listen To A Variety Of Music
Don’t just listen to artists that you know you like, branch out and listen to a variety of music. This way you can garner inspiration from a range of different artists and sources, and this could influence you when it comes to creating your unique sound. Listen to old-school rap artists like Kurtis Blow and The Sugarhill Gang, or to artists like Eminem whose style is more complex and fast-paced.
Freestyle rap battles are one of the most exciting things to watch, as MCs try and outdo each other! Going to a rap battle allows you to immerse yourself in rap culture and you can pick up skills by watching and listening. Perhaps you could even brave the stage – as they say, diamonds are made under pressure. What’s more, you can meet like-minded people at these types of events and this could lead to friendship or even collaboration. These events can also provide great networking opportunities to meet industry execs and tastemakers.
Yes I know what you’re thinking ‘I’m a rap artist, not some fancy poet’… but poetry is more similar to rap than you probably think. Reading and writing poetry is a great practice for honing your skills at writing your rap lyrics. Reading helps to expand your mind and your horizons and writing it will help you learn about cadence, rhyming and more. Bonus: you can also make clever references in your art and impress your fans and reviewers!
Read The Dictionary
Yes, you read that correctly! Using a rhyming dictionary or thesaurus can help to create catchy lyrics as well as broadening your vocabulary. Soon there may be a point where you don’t even need to use them because you have become accustomed to creating fresh and vibrant lyrics. If it worked for Eminem, it could work for you too!