How to Freestyle Rap for Beginners

By Sarah Davis
With practice, any beginner can learn how to freestyle rap.

Freestyle rapping is when the rapper makes up the words as he goes along. To a rapper just starting out, the ability to do this may seem miles away, but there are tips and tricks that can be learned to eventually make freestyle rapping second nature. The delivery of the words is one of the most important aspects of freestyle rapping. Not only must the words rhyme, but they need to be combined well enough to flow without messing up or saying something that does not make sense.

Start out slow and easy. The first attempts at freestyle rapping do not even need to rhyme. The main focus should be to let your ideas flow out in a timely manner.

Keep trying. Most of the first freestyle attempts will not sound very professional. Try not to get discouraged when you stutter or cannot think of any rhymes. Keep flowing.

Try to find your next rhyme ahead of time. When you have thought of a line and know which ending rhyme you will use, immediately start thinking about the ending rhyme in the next line.

Write down rhymes in your spare time. This practice will embed rhymes in your memory and they will be easier to think of in the future. This is an invaluable practice when learning to freestyle.

Use your surroundings to find different flows. When starting out, observing things around you can make it easier to find rhymes.

Find groups of two or more people to freestyle rap with. When freestyle rapping with others, you have time to think of your next rhymes while they are rapping.

Practice freestyle rapping during any free time. The best way to get better at something is to practice as much as possible.

Tip

Most professional rappers write a great deal of their freestyle raps beforehand. Having written raps in your memory can save you when you cannot think of anything on the fly.

About the Author

Sarah Davis has been a culinologist since 1998. She has worked in the offices and labs of Burger King, Tyson Foods and Cargill developing and writing recipes. She currently owns WISH Events in Atlanta. She and her husband also buy homes to rejuvenate and resell. Davis holds degrees from Johnson and Wales University in culinary arts and the University of Georgia in food science.