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Eminem Tells Us His Rap Secrets And Techniques!

Eminem Tells Us His Rap Secrets And Techniques!

Eminem Speaks About Rapping Techniques

Created BY: HOW TO RAP



1. Treat Rhyme Schemes Like Puzzles
Eminem is known for his complex and intricate rhyme schemes. He approaches them like puzzles, carefully piecing them together.

Eminem: What I love about rap is it feels like puzzles to me. Words are like puzzles and you’re trying to figure out what could go here, and how many words I can make rhyme. I’m really into the craft of MCing and I always think like, “how can I figure this puzzle out?” Like how can I take words and rhyme them at the end of the sentence, but in between maybe make some other words rhyme, like sandwich them. I’m really into the technical part of it.

(To learn how to create these kinds of rhyme schemes, check out the first How To Rap book).

2. Study Great Rappers Who Came Before You
Eminem learned his skills by studying the very best rappers who came before him. In his 2003 Grammy Awards speech he named the rappers who he studied specifically:

Eminem: I made me a little list of MCs that I wanted to name that inspired me, to bring me where I am today, because honestly, I wouldn’t be here without them. So the list goes like this: Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Dr. Dre, all of N.W.A., KRS-One, Treach from Naughty By Nature, Nas, 2Pac, Biggie, Jay-Z. Thank you, because I learned from all of you, thank you.

(The rappers on Eminem’s list, such as Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, and Big Daddy Kane, are interviewed and give advice in the books How To Rap and How To Rap 2).

3. Create An Alter-Ego
Creating an alter-ego is a great way to express everything you’re feeling in a very creative way.

Eminem: Coming out with an alias was part of Proof’s whole idea. He said, “Let’s be in a group called D12, and there will be six of us, and we’ll each have an alias. We’ll each be two different people.” When I started rapping as Shady, as that character, it was a way for me to vent all my frustrations and just blame it on him. If anybody got mad about it, it was him that said it, you know what I’m saying? It was a way for me to be myself and say what I felt. I never wanted to go back to just rapping regular again.



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