Learn to Rap Like a Pro – How to Rap Guide Review

If you are reading this article you probably are looking for a real way that you can learn to rap. Learning how to rap can be done if provided with the right information and resources. There are several “learn to rap” guides floating around on the internet that claim to be able to show anyone who wants to learn how to rap how to do so, and do it well. There is one guide out there titled “Rap Like A Pro” that has been getting a lot of attention as of late This article is a real review of “Rap Like A Pro”. Hopefully this review will help you decide weather or not this guide will help you reach your rap goal of finding a legit learn to rap guide.

I decided to review this guide because for it to be so new, it has been getting a lot of attention on the internet. What I mean by this is, I have been seeing this guide all over the place. In search engines, hip-hop forums, blogs even Youtube. After seeing this product for seemingly the 100th time I decided to see what all the hype was about.

First off, let me start by saying that this is a 20 page eBook broken up into 10 sections. Listed below is a breakdown of each section, so here we go:

Section 1 – This is just a little introduction welcoming you to the guide and explaining what you are about to be reading. The intro is short and to the point, but what do you expect from an introduction?

Section 2 – This goes over the basics of rapping. It gives a good understanding of what learning how to rap is all about and what is expected of someone who is wanting to learn the art.

Section 3 – This section is dedicated to defeating writer’s block. It goes over 4 simple but very effective techniques that can help you overcome writer’s block.

Section 4 – Takes you step by step through the process of writing a rap song. It goes over everything from how to write the rap song to how to format your rap song.

Section 5 – This section gives some easy tips and tricks that can be used when recording a rap song. The information found in this section is meant to help produce quality recordings of your rap songs.

Section 6 – This section teaches how you can take your new rapping skills and turn them into a profit. It shows in detail how easy it could be to start making some money know ing how to write raps.

Section 7 – How to freestyle rap is the topic of this part of the guide. You will learn several techniques that can enable you to freestyle rap with ease. It gives you a good understanding of what freestyle rapping is.

Section 8 – This section goes over a very popular form of rap known as battle rapping. It teaches how one can become a hard to beat battle rapper. It actually gives you a good line that should help you win most of your rap battles.

Section 9 – This is a closing statement from the author. This is nothing more but a thanks for reading goodbye.

Section 10 – These are bonuses that are geared for helping aspiring rappers getting exposure via the internet.

Overall, I did enjoy “Rap Like A Pro”. For a learn to rap guide It provided real information that could be easily understood and implemented.

Source by Brian E Taylor

Top 10 Worst Rappers of All Time

Here is my list of the worst rappers to ever clutch the microphone! This really isn’t in any order because I truly believe all of these guys have made a mockery of hip hop. There’s plenty more than 10 but these guys have taken hip hop to a new low in their time in the booth!

1. Vanilla Ice – Yes you know he had to be first and yes he sold well, but he was completely fake. FRAUD

2. SKEELO – I was he was a little bit more talented!

3. Kevin Federline aka K-FED – Just made horrible music.

4. Snow – what was this guy even saying in “informer” i think he was talking about a snitch but never cared to even look up the lyrics.

5. Bizarre of D-12 – Just because you are friends with Eminem, does not mean you can rap. He has some of the most horrible verses and ruins some songs that are good. *be prepared to hit the skip button or fast foreword, when he raps his off beat/trying to be more ignorant then slim shady lyrics*

6. Mike Jones – all he ever says is “Mike Jones”

7. Northern State – 3 white girls, trying to be the beastie girls? HORRIBLE! I do not care if they got a free plug on “Grey’s Anatomy” or not. they just make horrid music.

8. Brian Austin Green – remember that guy that use to play on Beverly Hills 90210. No not Dylan….No not Brandon…yeah, him the guy that played a high school DJ on a TV show! well he can’t rap in real life! his music has proved it!

9. P. Diddy / Sean Combs / Puffy / Puffy Daddy – whatever he’s going by these days, it shouldn’t be RAPPER! “I’m the macaroni & the cheese” I think enough has been said! You would thinking hanging out with B.I.G. for years he would have learned a little something. Guess not!

10. Insane Clown Posse – I do not know how these guys have such a huge following. Their music has always just sucked. Everyone they have signed is better than them.

So there is my list of the worst rappers to give it a go. Feel free to add comments. I expect a thousand Juggalos to be a little angry, but I speak what I feel is the truth. New Lists and Hip Hop articles coming soon!

Source by Jermaine Willis

Want to Learn to Rap? – Follow These 6 Simple Steps

As a hip-hop producer I am around a lot of rappers. I am constantly working with artist that eat, sleep and breathe rap. This is one of the main reasons that I feel qualified to help those that are wanting to learn how to rap and do it well. You should definitely know that learning how to rap can be done but it will take some work especially if you are a complete newbie, but there’s no need to worry it is very doable. In this article I will give you some easy to follow steps that can be used to get you rapping in a fairly short period of time.

There is a lot of information that is out there when it comes to learning how to rap, but if you start by focusing on the steps listed below you should be just fine. So here are six steps that you can use starting today.

Take Learning How To Rap Serious – One of the biggest reasons that I find that people fail at learning how to rap is because they do not take it serious. If you are not serious you will definitely not succeed with rapping or with anything for that matter. You must approach this with some sort of passion or you will get no where in a hurry. You should be willing to dedicate some time to learning and perfecting this craft. Once you have that you will be ready to learn to rap.

Listen To All Kinds Of Rappers – I say this because your average rap fan only listens to those rappers that they like, but when it comes to learning how to rap listening to all types of rappers will make it easier for you to learn. Why you ask? Well, listening to a variety of artist will allow you to evaluate and implement  some of their qualities that will help you to become the ultimate rhyme spitter and performer.

Read A Ton – This is definitely one of the most effective but underrated pieces of advice that I can give on this subject. Reading is a great way to open up your mind and keep the creative juices flowing. I know you may already have some favorite magazine that you may read on a regular basis but when I say read a lot I mean read a lot of different things. I’m talking everything from newspapers to long novels. Read it all. Trust me it helps a lot.

Start Writing Short Rhymes – At this point you are serious about wanting to learn to rap, you have studied other rappers and you have been reading a lot. Now it’s time to start writing some rhymes. I didn’t say songs I said rhymes. Start writing 8-10 line rhymes about anything. Do not try to rap them yet just write them down. After you have a couple written start to memorize them. Just get these rhymes in your head.

Rap Over A Instrumental – Get you a instrumental from somewhere. You can find tons of them all over the web. Once you have some pick one that you like and spit one of your  short written raps that you should have in your head. Now put a couple of your written raps together and really try to stay on beat with the instrumental. Now just repeat this step with the ones above and do it again and again. You will notice that your rhymes will come easier and your creativity will be greatly expanded.

Practice, Practice, Practice – Yes, there is more to learning how to rap then what is listed here but the steps that are listed in this articles are applied you will definitely be getting off on the right foot. Just make some time everyday to work on your rapping. You know what they say, “practice makes perfect”.

Source by Michael A Foster

How to Develop Rap Flow

Flow is no great secret, despite what some may say. Singers have flow. Preachers have flow. With a little hard work, you can have flow.

It is, simply put, the vocal quality of your voice. I’d like to take the mystery out of flow in this article. Here’s how to strengthen your flow:

MC’s are essentially made up of two parts: flow and lyrics. In this exercise you only care about flow. Play a beat and freestyle over it, going as long as you can without stopping to breathe. Don’t worry about rhyming; you can just as easily “doo whap” your way through the exercise. The focus should be on developing sounds that connect with each other and the beat.

Try rapping in different accents: English, French, Middle Eastern, whatever. You may laugh, but look at Slick Rick. Next time you freestyle with others, try to focus on lyrics. When you freestyle alone, focus on flow. When you are comfortable with both, try incorporating them together.

Lastly, you want to change your speed. Start off trying to rap as fast as possible, but with a constant beat (early Outkast albums are a lot like this). Then, slow it down and try and keep in time. Now, try to rhyme super fast for eight measures, then super slow for eight measures, then super fast for eight measures, and so on. By working out the extremes, you’ll feel much more comfortable changing your speed while rapping, which will make you sound more original and polished.

Source by Andrew Tucker

Learn to Rap Like Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne is one of the most popular rappers among fans and MCs alike. He’s one of the largest selling, most talented artists around and has sold millions and millions of albums. Like any of the top artists such as Jay-Z, Eminem or Kanye, Lil Wayne has a very unique rapping style that can be instantly recognized. For obvious reasons, a lot of aspiring rappers want to be able to rap like him.

To rap like Lil Wayne, you’ll first have to learn to recreate his Southern drawl. If you listen to his tapes closely, you’ll notice how he stretches his syllables. Instead of saying “ya all”, he’ll say “ya aaalll”, putting emphasis on the last syllables. His rhymes often tend to get stretched over the beats.

A key aspect of Wayne’s rapping style is his vocals. While some rappers like Eminem have great lyrics, some amazing production skills (like Kanye), and some have great flow (Jay-Z, Andre 3000), Wayne has great control over his voice. As a rapper, you are not expected to have the strong vocals of an R&B crooner, but to rap like Lil Wayne, you’ll have to strengthen your vocals.

The easiest way to strengthen your vocals is to perform some vocal exercises that are designed specifically for rappers and not classically trained singers. First, stretch your vocal chords by opening your mouth wide as if you are yawning. Do this 5 times in a row, slowly.

To really get the Lil Wayne sound, you want to add strength and power to your voice. To do this, practice your resonance by humming from below the navel. Your voice should feel as if it is coming from your gut, deep, resonating and powerful. Of course, this is easier said than done and can be very difficult to achieve, particularly while rapping. But if you really want to be able to rap like Lil Wayne, this is an essential step to building the power and strength that Wayne has in his voice.

Source by John Newcomb

Top Hip Hop Songs

Ask any two people for a list of their top hip hop songs and you’d be lucky to match even one or two. Still, I’ve been in the game for over a decade now and wanted to share with you my list of the top hip hop songs of all time. So without further ado…

Rosa Parks by Outkast. This song was their hit single off the 5-Mic album “Aquemini.” The intro featured several vocals without instrumentals, and the hoe down in the middle of the track is legendary. This songs perfectly combines the complimentary talents of Andre 3000 and Big Boi, and was a huge launchpad for Outkast’s ongoing commercial success.

Lodi Dodi by Snoop Dogg. Everyone- and I mean everyone- knows the words to this song. You could play it at a party and the whole crowd would sing along. This classic Snoop track pays tribute to Slick Rick’s early track with the same name. Without a doubt  one of Snoop Dogg’s best songs of all time.

The Message by Grandmaster Flash. This track set off hip hop. It elevated rap music from something in the streets to a style heard around the world. The positive message showed people the power of a rapper with something to say. In terms of influence, this would easily rate as one of the top hip hop songs in history.

I Got Soul by Rakim and Eric B. Arguably the best song on their best ever album, Rakim dazzles listeners with some of the best lyrics ever written, delivered over Eric B’s fresh beats. Best lyric: “When I’m writing I’m trapped in between the lines, I escape, when I finish the rhyme.”

The Way I Am by Eminem. This haunting track is Eminem’s chance to vent his frustrations to the world, covering topics such as his influence on kids, his inability to overcome his past success (“I’m not gonna be able to topple My Name Is”) and the general anger he feels towards the criticism he feels is misguided. The song is a throwback to an old Rakim song- a reference lost on many of his younger listeners- and in an incredible display of flow and lyrical abiliy. Certainly one the top hip hop songs in the past decade.

These are my top five tracks, ever. Admittedly, something like this can be argued a million ways, and there several thousand honorable mentions. What are your top hip hop songs right now?

Source by Andrew Tucker

Best Rap Singers of Our Time

Hip hop singers had a lot of clout, particularly on R&B music. Many singers like Mariah Carey switched over to R&B because they wanted to connect with a younger group of listeners. For instance, hip-hop soul singers had hip-hop beats and tracks superimposed with music that reminded you of the old soul style, but they used lyrics that were hip-hop, spattered with street lingo and adult ideas.

It’s OK to believe that rap singers are those mean looking guys and gals who went around looking purposely defiant, impudent even. They had large tattoos, wore leather, sported chunky jewelry and weird hairstyles. But, many pop singers just cannot stomach this change even though they shift gears to rap singing. Basically, these rap singers remixed their albums and incorporated rap. These singles allowed pop singers to retain their signature styles while entering the new genre of hip hop singing. Ultimately, many remixed tracks became very popular with audiences, so that rap singing was no longer contained within any one racial group.

Some of the best rap singers of all times are a mix of the true blue rap singers and some pop singers who switched over. Here is a list.

Eminem: American rap singer who splashed into the limelight basically because of his controversial lyrics that can be very critical, revealing and intensely personal. Being a white rap singer is something of a rarity, which is why he has been called the ‘great white hope’ of rap. Even so, Eminem became very famous because of his cartoon like character. He even went on to get triple platinum for The Slim Shady LP. As Eminem’s popularity grows, so do the controversies surrounding his lyrics and albums.

Beyonce: A voice made for ballads, a strong physique and a body to die for. Beyonce has a unique standing among rap singers. Her amazing stamina and vocal range coupled with her electric energy on-stage has made her a favorite with rap lovers the world over.

Rihanna: Rihanna has always stood out from the competition because of her impressive work ethics. Releasing three albums in as many years is no mean task. An impressive voice, upbeat songs and great onstage performances are what make Rihanna one of the best female rap singers of our time.

Rap singing has come a long way since it started out in a small way in the hush of the underground. With their starkly independent way of dressing, singing and handling themselves, rap singers have fought and succeeded in carving an identity for themselves. A very attractive identity, one must say.

Source by Winston Jenkins

New Rap Songs

Rap songs that have the potential to end up as some of the best rap songs of all time have been hitting the top of the charts for the past couple weeks. These new rap songs are coming from both new and established artists, each with their own special touch of what they see rap to be as a music genre. These artists are making new and exciting beats, creative lyrics, and a reputation that may even outlive them. Here are some of the top new rap songs currently at the tip of the charts.

One of the top new songs is called “B.M.P (Blowin’ Money Fast)” by Rick Ross; featuring Styles P. Rick Ross is signed with the label Def Jam Records. His first album came out in August of 2006 and he has released several singles since then. This song is currently in the top ten best rap songs on several different charts and radio stations.

Another song at the top of the charts is “Got Your Back” by T.I, featuring Keri Hilson. This is a song about giving a woman all she wants no matter what it takes. T.I talks about both material and romantic things in his own way of expressing himself to this woman. His first album was released in October of 2001 and he has been staying strong ever since, especially the last few years.

Drake is a relatively new rapper, but he has two new songs that are at the top of the charts. These are “Miss Me”, featuring Lil Wayne, and “Fancy”, featuring T.I and Swizz Beatz. He is also featured in a top song called “Right Above It” by Lil Wayne. Drake started out in the acting business, playing parts in shows like the Canadian show Digrassi and has become extremely successful in such a short period of time.

The song that is currently number one on several charts is “Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem, featuring Rihanna. This is a song that was written to raise awareness to domestic violence and to educate those in abusive relationships. Eminem has been topping charts since 1999 when his debut album, “The Slim Shady LP”, was released. In his entire career, he has released seven albums and has had thirteen number one hits. He is considered one of the best rappers of all time according to VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of all time.

Other songs that are in the top fifteen best rap songs are “Your Love” by Nicki Minaj, “Like a G6″ by Far East Movement, featuring Cataracs and Dev, “Just a Dream” by Nelly, “No Hands” by Waka Flocka Flame, featuring Roscoe Dash and Walz, “Toot it and Boot It” by YG, “Airplanes” by B.o.B, featuring Hayley Williams, ‘Gucci Time” by Gucci Mane, featuring Swizz Beatz, ‘Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District, and “Club Can’t Handle Me”, by Flo Rida, featuring David Guetta.

Source by Weezy F. Wavy

Rap Music: Then and Now

Rap music, which traces its origin to the African-American culture, is now allegedly a chaotic-sounding-genre of music with provoking lyrics and videos showing random violence, gang intimidation and such themes.

The earlier Hip-hop-rap scene of the 50s and the 60s spoke about hopes, dreams, ideals and aspirations of both the black and white teens in the quality music by the artists of that era. Early black music united the American youth and the country’s choice of music was almost parallel. There were some rebellions but they did not down-rightly produce immoral and degrading content. The earlier rap-era had artists like Stevie Wonder, Smokier Robinson, Lionel Richie, the Temptations, the Shirelles, Mary Wells, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the Four Tops and their likes who gave the typical teenage romance and relationship.

Radicalism was introduced in rap with Beastie Boys’ amusing “Fight for the Right to Party” and the appearance of more radical rappers like Vanilla Ice and Eminem. Rappers gradually emerged and began shouting and ranting words that featured intimidation, class conflict, hatred of authority, defiance, insolence, animosity and conflict.

The rap-music today is leading the listeners in a rather disturbing direction. It seems as though this whole culture takes pride in being notorious. For instance, it is almost like being in prison is a “status symbol” while taking drugs and indulging in beefs is something “cool”. Above this, the portrayal of women in the rap videos is again a matter of concern. The perception seems to typecast the woman as an object. On humanitarian grounds, this isn’t a very kind picture to create. Such materials coupled with suggestive lyrics can easily manipulate the vulnerable youth.

The blockbuster charts say a story more clearly, although it is hard to agree with. It is a choice-demand situation. People are watching, adapting and adopting such a culture which is why the top-hits are often the songs you can’t hear with your mother. What saddens one more is the further lack of creativity. The poetry only goes as far as a poor vocabulary and the music is far, far from inspiring. What use is such manifestation of power and capacity to generate admirers if no good can be done to society? If Rap music boasts of a generation full of fans, then it should also remember that with recognition and admiration, comes responsibility. Rap has a responsibility towards its audience and it’s time now that the artists come forth and take it up seriously.

Source by Louisa Putnam

Eminem’s Best Freestyles!

Many people enjoy the art of freestyling, but most haven’t heard much of it. A rap freestyle can either be something you’re making up completely off the top of your head OR it can be an excellent pre-rehearsed verse to show people your true skills.

Eminem, prior to becoming one of the biggest selling and most popular hip-hop artists of all time, was a highly accomplished freestyler.

Here’s a list of what I believe to be some of Eminem’s best freestyle lyrics!

“It’s only fair to warn I was born with a set of horns

And metaphors attached to my damn umbilical cord

The warlord of rap that’ll bash you with a 2×4 board

And smash into your Honda Accord with a 4-door Ford

But I’m more toward dropping an a capella

To chop a fella to mozzarella worse than a helicopter propeller!”

What makes this so good is his multi-syllabic rhyme schemes and the imagery to go with it. Not only does it rhyme and flow perfectly, but the hilarious imagery inside of the line conjures up an incredibly funny image inside of one’s head.

This Eminem freestyle is from The Wake Up Show with Planet Asia.

“Crews die from an overdosage of excessive flavor

Aggressive nature got me stickin’ you for your Progressive pager

Spectacular, battle rap manufacturer

Stole your mama’s Acura, wrecked it and sold it back to her”

Even in his early years Eminem was as comical as ever. The reason this particular verse is one of his best freestyles is the multi-syllabic nature of each bar. For instance, instead of only rhyming ‘flavor’ with ‘pager’, which is relatively basic at face value, he rhymes ‘excessive flavor’ with ‘Progressive pager.’ This rhyme scheme (as they are referred to in rap circles) is incredibly impressive due to the amount of syllables in the line, as well as how similar sounding the words are. Instead of saying something simple, he takes a 5-syllable phrase and rhymes it with yet another 5-syllable phrase, displaying an unrivaled skill.

“My music is soothing, but it’s also been proven

That it can put you in the mood to jump out of your car while it’s moving

You’ve been waiting on this moment

My sermon is like an omen, I’m servin’, I’m Eric Sermon

I saw the window was open and I jumped through it”

This is more recent than the previous 2 and was released on a Kay Slay mixtape over the “Love Me” beat by Obie Trice. The way he flows these lyrics are a notch above anybody else in the game. It’s one thing to simply write clever lyrics, but it’s a completely different talent to actually rap them. And the specific reason Eminem will go down as one of the best ever is due to his amazing ability to juggle both of these talents at once. Not only do these rhymes contain clever, yet subtle hip hop references, but they’re flowed in a way that very few can mimic.

This is just a sample of the genius seen in each and every Eminem verse.

Source by Charles Gould

Rap Songwriting Techniques

Some rap songwriting techniques can be found all across the Internet on many sites and forums. While every artist or songwriter will have their own techniques, there are a few that are mostly universal. For instance, when a songwriter is writing a rap song, they will use rap songwriting techniques that implement creativity and organization. Furthermore, rap songwriters take information from the rap music industry and use it in their lyrics and songs.

It helps when you are writing your rap song if you use formats and organize your lyrics like an essay. This helps you to stay focused while you are brainstorming for rap lyric ideas. The format is used by many songwriters and has been proven as an effective way to bring a rap song together. If you look online, you can find different formats that are used in songwriting by different people.

When you are searching for rap songwriting techniques, you will want to look for the ones that are offered or used by professionals. This means that you should find the best forums, blogs and songwriter websites to get your tips from. It is a good idea that you take a look at some of the more popular artists and see if you can use some of their techniques that have made them very successful. Remember to add your own special touch to the technique though so that it will be unique.

You can see many great rap artists that implement the same rap songwriting techniques each and every time that they create a rap song. These great artists use techniques that make their rap songs unique and desired by the crowds. One example of a famous songwriting technique is that of Eminem. He has topped music charts with his totally unique and carefree music.

While many people have gotten offended by his blunt and forward way of using lyrics, there are still many others that love his forward rap songwriting techniques and he has made millions off of his records. It is this type of truly unique style and technique that makes a rap artist successful.

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Top Rap Songs

The best places to find the top rap songs of the moment are the weekly Billboard and Itunes charts. Billboard uses the airplay measurements of Nielson BDS to determine the most popular rap songs, while websites such as Ontheradio and Doipod keep track of the rap artists downloaded most frequently on iTunes. Retail websites such as Amazon also have music charts listing top selling artists by genre. Currently, these charts are dominated by Drake, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Flo Rida, Kanye West and B.o.B. The following rap hits appear at the top of multiple music charts and currently receive the most radio airplay and generate significant sales of albums and singles.

Love the Way You Lie

Eminem Featuring Rihanna

Currently the number one rap song on the Billboard Rap Charts, “Love the Way You Lie” holds a variety of impressive rankings on other music charts, including the following:

-#1 on AOL Radio

-#2 on Yahoo Video

-#3 on the Billboard Hot 100

-#4 on American Top 40

-#6 on MySpace Songs

-#6 in iTunes sales

The song is also ranked by Billboard as the most downloaded ringtone at the moment. This is one of few rap or hip hop songs to achieve popularity outside of the genre, likely a result of Rihanna’s collaboration with Eminem. Together, the two artists have achieved popularity across multiple genres, a feat not easily accomplished.


Drake Featuring T.I. & Swizz Beatz

Unlike Eminem’s current hit, Fancy is clearly preferred by the rap and hip hop community. Still, its ranking at 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 is impressive for an artist with such a short chart history. Until this summer, only one of Drake’s rap songs called “Forever” found success, and even this was due to the featured artists Eminem, Lil Wayne and Kanye West. Currently, Drake takes second place to Eminem on the Billboard Top Rap Songs. He also ranks third with “Miss Me” Featuring Lil Wayne and has several other rap songs featured on various music charts.

Like a G6

Far*East Movement Featuring Cataracs & Dev

Despite its ranking of eighth place on the Billboard Rap Chart, “Like a G6″ is worthier of attention than higher ranked songs, due to its astronomical rise in popularity. Currently ranked second on Billboard’s Digital Songs Chart and sixth on the Billboard Hot 100, “Like a G6″ recently jumped up from 13th place on the Billboard Rap Chart and was named the “Greatest Gainer” of the week. These rankings are especially impressive, considering that the song has only been on the charts for a measly four weeks and the artist, Far*East Movement, is a relatively new face in the music community. Chances are, “Like a G6″ will hit the top spot on the Hot 100 and the Billboard Top Rap Songs in the near future.

Source by Weezy F. Wavy

Eminem Mixtapes – The Early Years

These days, it is not necessary to be familiar with a lot of rap mixtapes in order to be familiar with the artist Eminem. Eminem mixtapes helped him establish his career from the beginning, and he is now one of the biggest names in the hip hop world. His clever lyrics and catchy beats have made him a household name and a crossover sensation.

One of the things that have made Eminem mixtapes so popular is that they include many very personal stories about his life. He was raised in poverty with his single mother because his father abandoned the family when Eminem was only eighteen months old. Many of his songs talk about the struggles of growing up poor and without a father.

Although many fans would not hear about him for many years, Eminem actually released his first single in 1995. He was, at that time, part of a group known as Bassmint Productions. They released the album Steppin’ Onto The Scene and it did, in fact, help the young artist make his first impression on the competitive hip hop scene.

When he was not recording and releasing new music, Eminem was making a name for himself on the freestyle rap battle circuit. This pastime was generally limited to African American artists, and he had to deal with a great deal of racism during the early years. However, his skills eventually won the crowds over and he became a sensation among freestyle fans.

Eminem mixtapes allowed music fans to gain exposure to an exciting new artist long before he became one of the biggest names in the industry. In addition to the tapes, Eminem paid his dues by taking part in freestyle battles and releasing albums with a virtually unknown group. Although his early years were difficult, they provided him with a great deal of material for intensely personal songs.

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Eminem Lyrics

In rap, lyrics are of prime importance, more so than in other forms of music. Its particular focus on lyrics makes rap more a mode of expression than just a musical style. One of the most phenomenal rap artists for more than a decade, Eminem too makes his lyrics express himself, and express himself strongly. They tell you about his struggles before he became popular, about his broken marriage, about his daughters, and about how they have had to struggle through his broken marriage and his popularity. They also talk about his fans, how he is hounded by the people and Congressmen who aspire to censor him.

The Rhyming in Eminem Lyrics

Rhyme is what you have when two words sound like each other, especially how they end. “jot them” rhymes with “got them”. “Fan” rhymes with Stan”. This is how Eminem’s single “Stan” goes:

I sent two letters back in autumn, you must not-a got ’em

There probably was a problem at the post office or something

Sometimes I scribble addresses too sloppy when I jot ’em

Here Eminem gets the verse to rhyme by using these two words the way he does, ending the lines on a rhyming note.

“Before” rhymes with “door”, and Eminem uses it here, in The Real Slim Shady:

Y’all act like you never seen a white person before

Jaws all on the floor like Pam, like Tommy just burst in the door

Eminem Rhyme

This type of rhyme is when you pronounce or use words such that they sound rhyming even though they naturally might not. Autumn and “got them” are not rhyming words if you are a posh English speaker, but when Eminem pronounces them, they are. Like in the same verse:

I sent two letters back in autumn, you must not-a got ’em

Another example is this single line:

I sit back with this pack of zig zags

Where he rhymes back” and “pack” with “zig zags”. This type of rhyming is also called internal rhyming, where there are rhyming words in a single line.

Simple enough, right?

Sure, much of the rhymes used by Eminem are simple. But do not look at just the examples of rhymes one by one – Eminem’s lyrics are famous for having much more rhyming words than most other artists. A single song will have internal rhymes, and other types of rhymes, which will create the popular Eminem songs that have the Eminem trademark. Or dare I say self-made-art?!

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Purple Gang/PG – The Mixtape Volume 1 and 2 Review

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PG The Mixtape Volume 1

Detroit underground emcees of Purple Gang, 1st Born, T Flame, Famous and Killa Kaunn associated their talents with DJ Fish. Be ready for 33 explosive tracks brought to you by the IF crew from Purple Gang. PG The Mixtape 2006 will allow the listener to fully enjoy the Detroit know how. The mixtape features many other valuable Detroit artists such as RIP King Gordy, Mu andJ-Hill. Track Nr 7, Purple and Nr 13, Riot are produced by BR Gunna.

Gunshots, keyboards and rhythmic beats introduce Detroit Gun Club. Killa Kaunn shoots offensive words in a merciless style. No need to go to the police, there is no place left for b**** and snitches.

Let T Flame and Famous bring some heat in the game with Chips R Down.

Mic Check is beautifully enhanced with violins, guns alike swinging claps. T Flame blesses the mic and allows the listener to appreciate his lyrical dexterity.

Famous flows with ease on a Proof One Two remix featuring MC Breed.

Purple Gang is a Proof Running Yo Mouth remix that underlines the Purple Gang members’ flow delivery.

Harpshichord sounds, dark drum beats mixed up with piano notes, electric guitar and deep vocals will transport you into a world in which the word hip hop takes its real meaning. The IF crew gets passionate and lyrical.

Dark basslines, hammering drum beats get Killa Kaunn started on an offensive freestyle. I particularly enjoyed the basslines that reinforce the darkness of the track while Killa Kaunn’s words are ready to smash the universe like a nuclear bomb.

Be ready for war with What Should I Do, a well thought combination of RIP Proof, Famous and T Flame’s voices. Violins, synthesizers and drums enhance the struggling atmosphere of the song.

Wudd Up is a well written Detroit hood anthem. Hammering piano sounds, keyboards and vocals fully fit into the raw atmosphere of the track.

Bring It Back is rhythmic and melodic. Violins and catchy beats will make T Flame and Famous’ lyrical talents shine. I fully enjoyed the song that I recommend to the listeners.

Extorsion is convict music and offers a parody of the police’s complaints against gangs and crimes. Proof and Purple Gang will increase the heat during the whole track: definitely a must hear.

Don’t miss track Nr 19 featuring Big Proof, Average Joe. The very rhythmic track is killing average underground rappers with no flow. Enjoy how the IF crew rips average Jo’s off. The rapid piano sounds are spiced up with a good dose of sarcasm.

Globally, PG The Mixtape Volume I has an interesting panel of artists to offer to the listener. The choice of the instrumentals, the raw lyrical bullets and the astute combination of flow and dope beats make part 1 very much enjoyable. The Detroit spirit is there and Purple Gang are rich of a genuine passion for hip hop. Purple Gang are creative, self confident and proudly represent and keep RIP Big Proof’s legacy alive.

PG The Mixtape part 2

I bet I managed to increase your appetite…Ready for PG the mixtape part 2? Let’s go! Be ready for some intense moments of pure Detroit hip hop, brought to you by the greatest Detroit underground emcees.

Song Nr 20 is a dynamic track in which Proof and Mountain Climbaz combine their talents. The scurrilous atmosphere is beautifully enhanced by some good instrumentals and lyrical missiles that spread from the talented emcees’ mouth.

Drums, bass sounds will allow the listener to enjoy a beautiful Proof, King Gordy, Banzi, Young Breed and T Flame chorus. A cold as ice ambiance contrasts with the lyrical heat provided by the word combination. Well done.

Welcome to T Flame’s inferno with 1OO Bars Of Hell. Beef is in the air.

Catch Me With A Gun is based on a 50 Cent In Da Club sample and enhanced with some hot lyrics and gunshots.

6 Mile Road will allow the listener to fully appreciate T Flame’s lyrical creativity on Eminem’s 8 Mile Road song’s instrumentals. Feel the passion, the determination and the faith of a soldier dig style biters and pale imitators’ grave in no time.

I Will Merk You is definitely worth a look. Built on violin, harshichord, organ and rhythmic beats, the song is an offensive grenade sent towards enemies. Feel the speech of 7 Milers who keep it real.

Detroit Angel has a soul/ blues dimension and brings some nostalgic accents into the song along with T Flame’s hot lyrics.

Purple Gang can be proud of their work on their PG The Mixtape 2OO6. Not only do the talented artist possess some good lyrical skills, a good low delivery, a confident attitude, they also manage to bring the passion, the Detroit spirit and share a real relationship with the listener who gets caught in the middle of their lyrical heat.

I fully enjoyed 1 hour and 18 minutes of good hip hop. Purple Gang perfectly know their Detroit hood mathematics and will introduce you into their lyrical -arithmetic combination in a very subtle way. Weak emcees will get gunned down lyrically in no time.

Should you cop this mixtape? Definitely yes.

Copyright©2006 by Isabelle Esling

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Source by Isabelle Esling

Mc Ren – The Voice Of The Streets Of Compton

MC Ren aka Lorenzo Jerald Patterson was born in Compton on June the 14th, 1969.

MC Ren became part of the notorious NWA group after leaving high school. He was integrated into the group after NWA had released its first CD, NWA And The Posse.

Carrying the infamous nickname of The Villain, MC Ren is known for his qualities as a lyricist. Along with Ice Cube, the talented rapper wrote most of NWA s lyrics. The overwhelming success of Straight Outta Compton propelled NWA to the top. Controversy and acclaim followed.

After a dispute with Ice Cube that lead to the emcee’s departure from the group, Mc Ren became the main lyricist for NWA.

In 1992, MC Ren released his first solo album, Kizz My Black Azz. The same year, the skilled emcee converted to Islam.

The album went platinum and was followed by a second album, Shock Of The Hour in 1993.

MC Ren faced a terrible drama when his friend and collaborator DJ Train died in a house fire, before the release of his third album, The Villain In Black.

In 1998, Mc Ren released another album, Ruthless For Life.

He then left Ruthless Records.

Mc Ren is featured on Dr Dre 2001 album. He also appears on Public Enemy’s recent Rebirth Of A Nation album and on numerous other artists album as well.

Mc Ren has a solid reputation for leaving a murderous lyrical carnage when he spits his rhymes:

“I’m putting my energy into bustin’ rhymes. I’m a lyricist and that’s what I want to be recognized for. I’m not about flossin’ and tryin’ to be harder than I am. I respect rap and I respect artists who sell records based on how tight their skills are, not on how much hype they make up or how many girls, cars and homes they get for props in their videos. Bustin’ rhymes is why fools got into rap in the first place and that’s why I’m here.

(Mc Ren)

He is respected by many emcees in the game. Nas refers to him in his recent Hip Hop Is Dead album So who is on your top 10, is it MC Shan or Mc Ren?

Contributing to dropping the N-bomb onto the world with his NWA partners in crime, MC Ren is one of those living legends who put Compton on the map.

MC Ren and his NWA fellows contributed to help black folks change their vision of things and to gain confidence.

Source by Isabelle Esling

TV Car Commercial Songs

Ever see a TV car commercial and wonder what the song was? I have and I know you have too! The song may be catchy, a great cover or for whatever reason you have to know the song and probably run out to buy it. I’ve searched myself for these songs and had a hard time hunting them down. Therefore, I’ve decided to share my findings with you so we can all stop wracking our brains trying to figure out the song title and artist.

The Hummer TV commercials all feature original song compositions just for the commercials. So you can’t go out and buy the songs but you can buy other songs from those artists. The artists they used are Robot Repair, Birgir Sigurdsson, Owen O’toole, Face the Music, Fluid and Duotone.

The Lincoln TV car commercials do have popular songs that you can even download from the Lincoln website. The 2010 Lincoln MKT has Under The Milky Way by Sia. The 2010 Lincoln MKS Burnin’ For You performed by Shiny Toy Guns. Major Tom performed by Shiny Toy Guns is on the 2010 Lincoln MKZ commercial. The Lincoln full line commercial features Twilight Zone performed by CSS.

Kia’s 2010 Super Bowl commercial features “How You Like Me Now” by The Heavy. The Kia Forte commercial uses Cha Cha! by Super Sonic Jets. That commercial song was pretty hard to find. Kia Spectra uses Can’t Get It Right Today by Joe Purdy. The Kia Soul has a few commercials with different songs. The songs are “Do What You Do” by Marz featuring Pack and Mummiez, “Junkyard” by The Potbelleez, “Fort Knox” by GoldFish and “Colours” by Calvin Harris. You can actually download all four of these songs by going to the Kia Soul website. Kia Optima uses “Koop Islands Blues” by Koop.

Cadillac has a few commercials out with popular songs in them. The annual year end event commercial uses “Better Day” by Black Iris Music. The 2010 Cadillac SRX commercial uses “1901” by Phoenix. The Cadillac Escalade used “Age of Consent” by New Order.

Hyundai TV commercials with songs have also driven many crazy trying to identify the song used. The Hyundai Genesis song is “Redefining Automation” by In:Aviate and another commercial has “FOL (Feel Our Love)” by Smashing Pumpkins. The Hyundai i30 features Koop’s song “Come to Me”.

Using popular music, or songs that can be purchased by consumers, in TV car commercials is a terrific idea because the video of the commercial goes viral with everyone trying to figure out the catchy song. Plus it helps the musicians who get more exposure and more sales for their music.

Source by Christine M. Breen

Gucci Mane Bricks – A Modern Day Street Classic

The song by Gucci Mane “Bricks” has gained a lot of attention from the streets of Atlanta and the rest of the United States. This is an anthem that has started a lot of great things for Gucci Mane’s musical career and has helped to propel him in the right direction. The song discusses the street life that he is used to dealing with as well as provides a unique perspective on selling drugs, which is something that has become a part of reality for people in the streets. Because so many people are able to relate to this song, Gucci Mane is able to keep his buzz in the East-Atlanta neighborhoods alive. In particular, Gucci gets a lot of love in a place called Zone Six; where he grew up and put in a lot of work.

If you take a listen to the song “Bricks,” you are definitely going to hear some derogatory language used, so listen with caution. It is not recommend that you expose minors to Gucci Mane or his music because it contains a lot of vulgar language. However, if you are a student of rap music, listening to Gucci is able to give you great insight into the life of a down-south hustler who needed to get money in order to stay alive. A very interesting aspect of selling “bricks” or “all white bricks” which refers to how Gucci always saw people selling “bricks” of drugs in his neighborhood.

Since selling drugs still happens today and it affects the lives of many people, Gucci Mane was down-to-Earth enough to shed light on the situation and how it affected who he has become as a person. For that reason, this song has been and will always be, considered among the best Gucci songs of all time. There are absolutely classic lyrics that are not only catchy, but help you to better understand the truth about Gucci Mane’s life.

Not only do you get to hear Gucci Mane’s point of view on this song, but you also get to hear from the artists Yo Gotti and Yung Ralph. Each of them have their own verse, or section of the song to which they are granted complete lyrical creativity. The instrumental was produced by Gucci Mane’s buddy Zaytoven, who always seems to do a great job. The beat is one of the catchiest parts of the entire song besides the chorus and the verses are nothing short of memorable. This is a modern day hip-hop classic for people that lived through or are living through, the street life in Atlanta, Georgia.

Source by Hampton Jackson

Gucci Mane Freestyle Ability

One of the greatest rap freestyle artists is a guy from the South who goes by the name Gucci Mane. He first got into rapping at a young age after he began writing poems. He had always liked expressing how he felt to other people through his creativity. Eventually, it continued and Gucci Mane ended up becoming one of the top freestyle artists in the hip-hop game. His ability to freestyle has been compared to superstars like Eminem, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, as well as other artists like Mos Def, Common, Lupe Fiasco, and Talib Kweli who are all known for their great freestyles.

The thing that people love most when hearing Gucci Mane freestyle is the fact that his rhymes always relate to the streets and always stays true to who he is as a person. Gucci is a man that is not afraid to tell people that he likes to party, hustle, as well as buy expensive things. He particularly enjoys rhyming about his jewelry, his clothing, and his cars whenever his fans hear him rap some lines. He always looked up to the great southern freestyle artist Lil Flip, but most would agree that Gucci’s ability to rap off the top of his head has surpassed that of most other southern artists.

He is not an egocentric artist that brags to be the king of the south; however, everybody knows that he has gained a lot of fame from his massive southern fan base. If you are interested in hearing his freestyles, you can check out some Gucci Mane mixtapes and find plenty. One of the reasons that his mixtape releases are considered to be so great is due to the fact that people love hearing his new freestyle rhymes. He doesn’t hold back with what he needs to say and always lets the people know how he is feeling.

The next time that you hear a rapper chant a freestyle, be sure to take a moment and appreciate the skill that was developed. Most true rappers like Gucci Mane are able to come up with new material for their rhymes right off the top of their head. They often do not need to write down any words because they have such a great emotional memory that allows them to express exactly what needs to be said in any given situation. Though there are great freestyle artists like Lil Wayne and Eminem, people should not be talking about the top freestyle-artists unless they mention Gucci Mane La Flare; who resides in the sixth zone of Eastern Atlanta.

Source by Hampton Jackson

Akon – R&B Hook King

Even people who have no interest in the genre of R&B, know the name Akon. The darling of so many college mixtapes, and he is beloved by so many. He does many crossgenre appearances, sometimes appearing in pop acts. His assets are estimated to be worth 30 million dollars per year. That is more than almost all other performing artists. This puts him in a class of his own.

Akon’s real name is Aliaune Thiam. However, he claims that his full name is Aliaune Damala Akon Thiam. What makes the man so mysterious and likely is the fact that so little is known about him. Media resources across the world are still debating about how old Akon is, and he just fuels the fire.

The earliest you would ever find Akon Mixtapes would be around 2003 after a three year stint in jail. Akon was promoted by another rapper named Lil’ Zane.

His first album appeared in 2004. It was titled “Trouble”. The single that everyone remembers from it was Locked Up. Locked Up was a mixtape favorite, having been played over and over again at clubs and for personal mixtapes for friends. While his first album earned him quite a bit of respect within the industry, it wasn’t until his second album dropped that Akon’s place in the R&B pantheon was secured.

He was able to get so many collaborations with big names for his second album entitled, “Konvicted”. Snoop Dogg, Styles P, and Eminem were all featured on the record. His most successful song to date, “Smack That” came from this record and is still considered one of the greatest R&B songs of all time.

What makes Akon so great is not necessarily the albums that he does on his own, but the success that he has had with others. It wouldn’t be surprising to hear his hook on a pop mixtape that has nothing to do with rap or R&B. We could spend an entire day talking about all the things he has done with different artists, ranging from Lady Gaga all the way to Gwen Stefani. Akon Mixtapes are an eclectic bunch, but the genius within them is apparent.

Akon is a legend in the industry. He has released multiple albums and countless mixtapes. Younger kids aspire to be him and he takes it all in stride. Reports suggest that he is a humble man, unlike some of the other people in the industry. His success is only just beginning.

Source by Ari Allon