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Write first, then find a beat?

Write first, then find a beat?

Postby Tomer666 » Mar 18th, '13, 16:45

Hey, I'm just wondering what is the proper way to rap, first write the lyrics and then find a beat to fit it or the other way around?
I know there is not really a "proper" way, just what way do you think is better?
Does anyone have an idea what way do famous rappers use? (Famous and actually good, I mean)
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Re: Write first, then find a beat?

Postby Just Silver » Mar 18th, '13, 16:46

id pick a beat first
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Re: Write first, then find a beat?

Postby SajN » Mar 18th, '13, 17:03

If you write first, it'll be harder to find a beat that fits, and if you do, you probably will have to change some lyrics here and there and maybe the flow you had before the beat. This is if you don't make a beat yourself.
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Re: Write first, then find a beat?

Postby TonyTilt » Mar 18th, '13, 17:09

I like to think the beat sets the tone for how, and what you rap to it.
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Re: Write first, then find a beat?

Postby Just Silver » Mar 18th, '13, 17:15

TonyTilt wrote:I like to think the beat sets the tone for how, and what you rap to it.

this


id find it near impossible to find a beat that coincidentally synchs up
unless you made it like Sajn said
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Re: Write first, then find a beat?

Postby Solace » Mar 18th, '13, 20:52

If you know the basics of rhythm you should be very capable of writing without a beat and rapping it perfectly to a beat.
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Re: Write first, then find a beat?

Postby SG. » Mar 18th, '13, 20:53

I find the beat first normally, but I've done it the other way around before many times.
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Re: Write first, then find a beat?

Postby TonyTilt » Mar 18th, '13, 21:01

I can see it both ways but to me the beat dictates my mood, tone, everything really.
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Re: Write first, then find a beat?

Postby Eedee » Mar 18th, '13, 23:46

I prefer to hear the beat and then write the verse so it rides the beat to a T.

It can be possible the other way, but I'd rather fit my lyrics to fit the beat, then search and search for a beat to match the lyrics and shit. Less hassle and more productive, IMO.
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Re: Write first, then find a beat?

Postby tadpole25 » Mar 19th, '13, 02:09

i write first just as a concept. if the beat works, i use it. if the beat doesnt work, i edit the lyrics a little bit.
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If we open our ears and close our inhibitions, it's clear"
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Re: Write first, then find a beat?

Postby CrashBand » Mar 19th, '13, 03:32

Solace wrote:If you know the basics of rhythm you should be very capable of writing without a beat and rapping it perfectly to a beat.

This.

Even if I write to a beat, I'll often be able to change the beat and still be able to flow it fine.

But, writing to a beat will help you to reach that level.
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Re: Write first, then find a beat?

Postby Vettori » Jul 31st, '13, 17:55

There are benefits to both. Writing without a beat gives you clarity for concepts, On a beat inspires melodies, flow etc..
I like to switch it up every once and a while to reap the benefits of both worlds.
Solace has the right idea. I can put anything on any beat, even if it was written without, but not without the sacrifice of some change.

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