An Aspiring Rapper’s/Producer’s Guide To My Articles

Not very many of my articles are directly addressed to rappers or producers who are trying to get better at their craft. However, rappers or producers can still learn a lot by reading them. Below is a guide to which articles can improve you in the specific areas that are listed below:

Rapper’s Skills:

Pacing In Rap:

-Mos Def, Article 1

-2pac Article

-Talib Kweli Article

How To Craft A Flow:

-Notorious B.I.G. Article

-Big Sean Article

-Kendrick Lamar Article

How To Make Your Flow Better:

-Jean Grae Interview

-Talib Kweli Interview

-The Rap Voice As An Instrument Article

-How To Have Better Delivery

New, Complex Rhythms To Use:

-Busta Rhymes Article

-Big Boi Article

-MF DOOM Article

-Talib Kweli Article

-Kendrick Lamar Article

-Nas Article

Complex Rhyming Techniques

-Jean Grae Article

-Eminem “Lose Yourself” Article

-Eminem “Business” Article

-MF DOOM Article

-Mos Def, Article 2

Wordplay & Puns

-Pharoahe Monch Article

Producer’s Skills:

Balancing Different Musical Ideas In The Beat/Making Your Beat Deeper

-Dr. Dre’s Proportions On His “Oh!” Beat

-Dr. Dre’s Orchestration Article

Song Structure

-Kanye West Song Structure Article

How To Make Your Beats Sound More Interesting:

-Dr. Dre’s Orchestration Article

Martin Connor is a music teacher & writer from Philadelphia, PA, with a music degree of high distinction from Duke University who is currently studying for a master’s degree at Brandeis University in Boston, MA, while focusing his research on the vocal melodies of the rap genre. He has contributed freelance articles to HipHopDX, Complex, and Pigeons and Planes, and had multiple articles from his website, www.RapAnalysis.com go viral on BET, The Source, XXL, and MTV. He teaches rap lessons online through the music school LessonFace, and has a book, The Artistry Of Rap Music, forthcoming from the McFarland Publishing House, scheduled for release in late 2017, as a follow-up to his 2014 contribution to their anthology "Eminem & Rap, Poetry, Race." He welcomes all comments, compliments, insults, and restaurant suggestions at mepc36@gmail.com.

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