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Write Your First Rap Verse In Under An Hour!

Learn how to write a rap verse and finish it within an hour.
Instructor:
Donovon Jenson
6,308 students enrolled
English [Auto]
Write a 16 bar acapella rap verse
Easily pick topics to rap about
Crush writers block

Have you always wanted to rap but don’t know where to start? Most new students have one of two struggles. Either they don’t feel confident in their abilities and scare themselves out of starting, or they don’t know what to do and don’t start. In this short course, I hope we can get past both of those blocks and help you transition into a new hobby.

I made this short course to help you write your first rap verse in under an hour. We’ll quickly go through the basics, then get you writing and reciting! Be ready to do the work, so you can get the most out of it. Perfectionism is overrated, you just need a starting point! 

If you’ve already been rapping for a while, you may find the concepts a bit basic. This is meant for those who have never rapped before, so they can get a starting point. That being said, you may still find a few useful pieces of information and I encourage you to join anyway! 

Getting Ready To Write Your Verse

1
Introduction & Mental Preparation

In this video, we talk about how to prepare for writing your first verse. Mainly, getting your mindset right!  

2
What's An Acapella Verse? ++ Find Inspiration

This lecture is about understanding what an acapella verse is. We also cover a few places to get inspiration before starting. 

3
Getting Started Worksheet

The Framework For Your Verse

1
The Simple Rap Verse Spreadsheet + Example

Attached is a spreadsheet which will help you easily put together your first verse. Use it to follow along as you go through the next lessons. 

2
Writing In Lines

In this video we talk about the structure of writing a rap verse, and the relation to poetry. 

3
Counting Syllables

In this less we'll cover how to count syllables so you can write lines more efficiently. 

4
Counting Syllables Quiz

A short quiz to test your ability to count syllables and help you practice. 

5
Picking A Topic

Coming up with a rap topic can be hard. In this video, we cover a few topics to pick from as well as one sure way to end up with an idea. 

6
Coming Up With Rhymes Easily

It can be challenging to rhyme every line. Luckily, there are a few strategies you can use to make rhyming easier as you start out. 

7
Coming Up With Rhymes Exercise

Writing And Reciting

1
Writing Your Verse (Method 1) - Outline/Brainstorm Ideas

This lecture covers one method for writing your verse. Here, you brainstorm ideas then outline them to fill in the blanks. 

2
Writing Your Verse (Method 2) - Line Building

In this video we talk about a second way to write your verse. Here, you build each line on the one before it. 

3
Crushing Writer’s Block

It can occasionally be difficult to start writing. If you're stuck, try this exercise for crushing writer's block. 

4
Memorizing Your Lines

Memorizing your lines makes them much easier to perform. Here we talk about the importance of that concept. 

5
Delivering Your Verse!

Now that you've written a verse it's time to perform it. Here are a few quick tips for improving your delivery.

Next Steps

1
Share Or Record Your Verse

Now that your verse is done, it's time to get some feedback! Here's a quick framework for digesting useful feedback. 

2
My Example Verse

Here I share an example verse that I wrote for you all to digest. It wouldn't be fair if I only made you do it!

3
BONUS LECTURE: More learning resources

Here are a few more resources for you to continue learning about rap. 

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