How To Start A Rap Verse: 5 Ways To Rap Better Instantly At The Start


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In this video, we will show you how to rap better at the start of the rap verse. If you want to know how to start a rap verse like the greatest rappers of all time including Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Nas, and many others… this how to rap for beginners tutorial will instantly help you. We often do videos on how to start rapping or how to make a rap song, but we haven’t made one on how to START a rap song in a while… so here it goes! If you’ve wanted to learn how to be a rapper and get rap tips from someone who’s shown people how to write a rap song for beginners for the last six years… this is the video for you. Enjoy!

How To Start A Rap Verse: Terms You Need To Know
Before we start with the five core concepts, let’s make sure that we know the difference between first person, second person, and third person, so that you can create MORE ideas from different perspectives and reach a larger audience:

First person is when you are speaking from YOUR direct perspective, in other words… “I, me, mine, etc.”

Second person is when you are speaking TO somebody about their perspective, in other words… “You, yours, yourself, y’all”

…And third person is when you are talking ABOUT somebody else’s perspective, but not you or the listener directly… as in “they, his, her”, etc.

Each different terming can give a different vibe to the start of the verse.

When you are talking to somebody in second person, as in, “Y’ALL ACT LIKE…” or “YOU KNOW WHO IT IS”… it often sounds more like a call to attention or ordering someone… as opposed to first person… “I remember when I…” which sounds more like storytelling.


1. Second Person + Describe Your Surroundings / Behaviors
Speaking directly to the listener or broader audience and describing your lifestyle in the form of your surroundings or how you act is one of the most common ways to start a rap verse.

The reason this is effective is because a rap is inherently a music that GRABS the audience’s attention and BRINGS THEM INTO A NEW WORLD.

If you want to sound like a confident rapper with a story to tell that people have never heard before, second person with an environment description is a great way to do it.

For example, Kendrick Lamar starts his song, “m.A.A.d City” with:

“Brace yourself, I’ll take you on a trip down memory lane

This is not a rap on how I’m slingin crack or move cocaine

This is cul-de-sac and plenty Cognac and major pain

Not the drill sergeant, but the stress that weighing on your brain”

Kendrick Lamar, “m.A.A.d City”

Kendrick uses a mixture of second and first person here but we term it as second person since he immediately orders the audience to BRACE YOURSELF and follow him as he describes his surroundings… i.e., takes you down memory lane.

He then describes his behaviors in the form of telling you what he’s NOT going to rap about or what he DOESN’T DO.

He is not going to be your stereotypical rapper on this song and just describing selling crack and moving weight.

On a similar but different tip, Eminem starts “The Real Slim Shady” in second person describing the environment of celebrity culture in the early 2000s as embodied by Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee:

“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

And started whoopin’ her ass worse than before

They first were divorced, throwin’ her over furniture (Agh!)”

Eminem, “The Real Slim Shady”
In this case, Eminem is setting up the “universe” you’re about to live in this song by describing the wild antics of celebrity culture and how people can’t believe how wild Shady is when describing it.

So, one really good way to start a rap verse is talk to your audience in YOU, Y’ALL, YOURSELF form (second person) and set the tone for what kind of artist you’re going to be on the track…

…Will you a celebrity joking prankster like early Eminem, a non-stereotypical lyricist like Kendrick, something else?


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