How to Write the Melody of Your Freestyle Rap Lyrics
As a freestyle rapper, you spend a lot of time working on your freestyle rap lyrics, rhyming and flow. It is important not to overlook the creation of the melody.
In this article we will look at how to write a melody. A lot of rap songs will only be spoken word. There are a lot that do have a melodic line through the song, so this will be very important information to absorb.
It is important to spend a lot of time listening to other songs in your genre. Select a hit song that you really like. Learn it until you know it thoroughly. We are specifically looking at the melody, so in your chosen song, study the melody. Notice how the lyric matches the melody.
Now I want you to take a moment and just read the first line of your lyrics. Then read it again. The second you read it read it with more emotion. Notice the rhythm as you read it.
Notice where you accent, where you voice goes higher and lower. Listen to the pitch of what you are saying. After you listen, then match your pitch with actual notes.
You can do a lot of experimenting with the melody. When you are listening to the pitch, if it looks to go up, try taking it lower instead. You can also play around with the various emphases of the syllables. Let's take an example phrase and see what we can do with it.
Take the phrase I love to eat. You can say I love to eat and accent the I. You can say I love to eat and accent the word love. You can accent both the words I and love. Finally, you can accent the word eat.
If you were to write the melody for this, you can change the pitch for each word that is emphasized. You can write it so that you hold the pitch longer based on what syllable is emphasized. You can place a different pitch on each word. You have a lot of options as you write.
This gives you a short example of how to write your melody but using the natural rhythm and pitch of your freestyle rap lyrics.