My Amateur Guide to Freestyle Rap
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kylephamCo-Founder of CubeForme
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I'm no professional, but freestyling is a hobby that I enjoy and find a lot of meaning in. It's a great way to pass the time and a wonderful creative outlet. Interested in getting into the art of freestyling?

My Amateur Guide to Freestyle Rap

by kylepham

Find an instrumental that you like.

Find a beat that you can get into. Some individuals prefer something more melodic, while others like bangers. It's all up to you, and what sound fits you best. Experiment, or even go acapella!

Have a line in mind to start off with.

It's helpful to think of a word or bar to begin. You don't want to think of too much since that may get you confused and it defeats the purpose of freestyling. Just enough to get your flow going!

Think about some easy things to rap about.

Don't know what to rap about? Think about your day, what you've had to eat, people that you know, things that you like. There's no end to what you can rap about. Express & let it all out!

Start with simpler rhymes.

Go with one syllable rhymes at first, and as you get better, you'll start using more complex rhyme schemes. But start with the basics so you can work on following the beat!

Let one line follow from another, keep an open mind.

You want to follow the end of one bar to the beginning of another, let the words come naturally. Don't be afraid to change subjects or say something random...just keep going with the beat.

But feel free to think ahead as you rap.

While being natural is fundamental, you want to try to actively process future rhymes while you're spitting the current line. It's a bit of mental multi-tasking, so it may take some practice.

Which brings us to a very important point: PRACTICE.

If you want to get better, you just have to practice. The more you freestyle, the better you'll get. I started off not being able to go for more than two rhymes. You get better, and rap longer.

Don't be scared to mess up. Keep going when you do.

We all mess up, and there will never be a time where anyone is always perfect. If you mess up, don't get flustered - just start your next line. Laugh it off, take a second to get back into it.

Building confidence goes a long way.

When I started, I was super self-conscious. As you freestyle more, you'll get more confident - and get better as a result. I've found it helpful to rap with and in front of friends.

In the end, it's all about having fun.

Freestyling is a time to de-stress, let your thoughts come out. Don't worry about being judged, just have fun. Don't take it or yourself too seriously and throw down some dope lines!

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sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
a year agoReply
@kylepham oh heck yessss. i don't know how to judge rap, but it sounds awesomeeee. @jack

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a year agoReply
@chromium @sydney My track is up! https://soundcloud.com/st... Don't expect too much, but I hope you can appreciate it :)

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a year agoReply
@chromium I'm actually dropping my first track this Friday! soundcloud.com/storybookc...

chromiumI like to think I'm amazing
a year agoReply
@kylepham do you publish your rapping anywhere?

kylephamCo-Founder of CubeForme
a year agoReply
@chromium Glad you enjoyed it! And I definitely agree, one of the reasons I like freestyling so much is that it relates so much to other things. Taking the initiative, accepting mistakes, moving forward

chromiumI like to think I'm amazing
a year agoReply
I really enjoyed this! I feel this way about a lot of things in life. How you have to know you won't be perfect and not be afraid to make mistakes

kylephamCo-Founder of CubeForme
a year agoReply
@timosolo Thanks! I appreciate your kind words, and will try to post more in the future :D

a year agoReply
Hey @kylepham great post! Good choice of backgrounds and gifs that add to the content without distracting - Pencil is an artform! :)

kylephamCo-Founder of CubeForme
a year agoReply
@rometty_ Glad to hear! If you're an LA local, I'm always down to collab! And thanks @sydney, I'm proud to have this as one of my first posts! I have yet to compete in actual battle rap (outside of wrecking my friends). To be honest, I'm not super great at being mean to other people and I get kinda bored of the narrow focus of emotionally abusing the other participant haha. I am however great at being mean to myself with some pretty self-deprecating lines !

sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
a year agoReply
hehe knew you would like this one @jack / @rometty_ (btw Slack me, we gotta get your accounts sorted out xD) nice post kyle! i've sent to a few friends who i know love freestyle rapping! do you ever do the freestyle rap competitions/street battles? don't know if they're actually a thing but I know I've seen them on YouTube