Quick Guide to Freestyle Rap
- Listen to previous freestyle flows and battles by other rap artists
(e.g., rappers like Jin, Jay-Z, Fabolous, Benefit, Rakim, and any other great
artist that spits hardcore rap).
- Understand the techniques those artists use to flow and battle, which will
help you enhance those techniques yourself.
- Start writing rhymes. Write down anything that comes to mind and try to rhyme
it. Using your emotions is a good way to describe what you're feeling when you
spit or write lyrics. Make sure you eat a hearty meal before attempting a
- Practice free-styling -- anytime, anywhere, as much as you can. Even if you
run out of things to freestyle about, just continue spitting, no matter how wack
you think you sound. It helps you develop better rhymes and your mind becomes more
focused on what sounds good when you spit. It's like a mental workout. So always
practice spitting anywhere.
- Once you've noticed you can spit on spot (when you want to), try to spit about
more specific things. Direct your raps toward things that bother you or upset you.
Anything you dislike or want to talk about, try to spit about it. Once again,
practice this until you feel you've got it down.
- Start freestyle battling. The first step to freestyle battling is to practice
the first 5 techniques in a battle against a friend or someone who it wouldn't
matter to if you messed up. Constantly battle like that with peeps, especially if
you can find a friend who is actually good at battling so they can teach how to
improve what you lack. Again, continue to practice this until other friends you
know (especially those into hip-hop music) think you're pretty good.
- Have your first real battle against someone you at least somewhat dislike. If
you can find someone who just gets you emotional or who angers you, it makes it
easier to flow about them. You want to make sure when you flow about them you
include 3 major things:
Metaphors - Making comparisons with your target (the person you're
battling) to something that denigrates them.
Disses - Saying things that either make fun of them in general (e.g., how
they dress, speak, spit, look, walk, talk, act, or their personality) or about
them personally (e.g., the way they live, their past, their lifestyle, weaknesses
about them, anything that directly goes against them in a way that makes fun of
Punch-Lines - a Punch-Line basically is a bar (2 lines you spit) that
incorporates a Metaphor, Dis, and/or anything else to enhance the flow directed at
- Don't worry if you lose your first few real battles, the point is to
constantly practice spitting. Continue practicing until you've got it down. And
pay attention to how other people spit whom the crowd/judges enjoy. There are many
techniques to battling, but these are just the basics.
If someone beats you in a battle and it gets to you, practice more until you
think you're really ready. Then challenge them again: if you win, you will earn
a lot of respect back. It's a great feeling, and chicks or dudes will dig your
system and flair. When you think you lost it, don't worry - just relax. The
worst thing to go is freak out. Just relax and keep going. You might still ace
"Spit" as used in the context of this article is a synonym for rapping, not the
forcible expulsion of saliva from the mouth. Please do not practice the latter
kind of spitting; it does not make you look nearly as cool.