Whenever you want to get into some form of the arts, the most important thing to do is to find your own style. Your own style is what makes you distinct from everyone else, and helps make you memorable and uniquely you. The concept is as true for painters as it is for musicians and rappers and can evolve as you do as an artist but still be at the core of your art. Before you can move onto honing these skills, determining your rap style is necessary.
Remember that this is a constantly evolving process that will grow as you do. You are not locked into a specific style if it does not feel right to you as you get into it.
People may point out that you remind them of a specific artist. By listening to your favorite artists, you may end up sounding exactly like them, which defeats the purpose of having your own style as you are mimicking another person’s style. You will need to find the balance between those rappers who have inspired you and your own individual talents. Take this inspiration that led you here and help you move forward by finding your own distinct voice. Learn from all of the people you work with, all of the people you admire and all your favorite artists. But avoid being a copycat.
Additionally, you need to not only learn your own voice but the message that you want to get across. Don’t underestimate the importance of lyrical content. Is there a specific message that you want to get out? Do you want to express social issues to help inspire change? Do you feel like rapping about the belief of the inherent goodness in people? Do you just want to make something that people want to dance to? These are things that you need to decide when you are finding your style.
This (fun) video above perfectly encompasses all types of rap styles to help you find your way.
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