Make People Love Your Music
3 Ways To Make People Love Your Music Even More
If you apply these tricks to all of your songs you will suddenly even like your own music more than you did before.
These kind of tips are what help set PROFESSIONAL RAPPERS apart from AMATEUR RAPPERS that always sound bland and boring in their music.
You know… those Sound Cloud links random rappers send you when you are bored, so you say “Screw it, I’ll check it out” only to be disappointed with a bland rapper with no content and nothing standing out the entire song (If you make it that far).
These are advanced songwriting strategies that took me years to pin point and start applying.
This type of information is exactly why I made Smart Rapper to help people like you.
Things that took me years to understand, you can absorb in 5 minutes.
I’m kind of jealous of you right now, almost considering deleting this article lol jk 😛
WARNING: These tips in this article may even unlock a door in your head, an “AHA!” moment may occur.
When I realized these things 1 by 1, they were definitely “AHA!” moments for me and so I want to share them with you so you can use them to make your music better.
1) Melody Change Ups Through The Song To Keep It Interesting
This is a HUGE tip that you really need to drill into your head if you want to make great songs.
If you want to keep your listener entertained while they are listening to your song, you need to consistently create entertaining voices, flows, melodies, lyrics and more.
Having the same flow the entire song is going to bore the listener VERY quickly. (See exceptions below)
Remember your job is to make the listener love your music and want to listen time and time again.
To really carry a song verse, 1 great way is to consistently change the melodies or style every couple of bars.
This change up will knock the listener off of their normal listening pattern and suddenly make them think “What’s going on? Oh okay, I like it.” if you do it properly.
Let’s use Eminem – Criminal as a great example since I’m sure you have heard this song before.
He does exactly what I am going to show you from about the 2nd half of the first verse on to the chorus.
Click below and it will start at exactly 1:15 into the song.
I want you to notice how every couple bars he is completely changing the voice or approach to what’s being said.
I want you to notice how massively entertaining the change ups are to your ear.
He goes from a gay guy voice, to a guy talking about wanting a new car and prostitute to pretending to be a kid screaming about how messed up he is because of cable TV, to him going back to his own personality while mocking his own listeners.
Eminem Criminal 1st Verse Lyrics
Hey, it’s me, Versace
Whoops, somebody shot me!
And I was just checking the mail
Get it? Checking the ‘male’?
How many records you expecting to sell
after your second LP sends you directly to jail?
C’mon!– Relax guy, I like gay men
Right, Ken? Give me an amen (AAA-men!)
Please Lord, this boy needs Jesus
Heal this child, help us destroy these demons
Oh, and please send me a brand new car
And a prostitute while my wife’s sick in the hospital
Preacher preacher, fifth grade teacher
You can’t reach me, my mom can’t neither
You can’t teach me a goddamn thing cause
I watch TV, and Comcast cable
and you ain’t able to stop these thoughts
You can’t stop me from topping these charts
And you can’t stop me from dropping each March
with a brand new CD for these fucking retards
Duhhh, and to think, it’s just little ol’ me
Mr. “Don’t Give A Fuck,” still won’t leave
Consistently Using The Same Melody
Now, in some circumstances it is okay to have the same melody all the way through the song BUT if the same melody isn’t super catchy, it is going to get very bland very fast to the listener.
Future and a lot of other trap rappers use the same melody through a lot of the song BUT their melody is super catchy and they jump around with the same melody so they can get away with it.
If you want an example of the same melody all the way through the song you can hear something like Never Forget.
It will start right where the verse starts
Future typically does this type of ‘same melody through-out’ style on a majority of his music.
A lot of trap rappers do.
2) Create Contrast Between The Chorus And The Verse
(Kevin Gates Example)
If you know anything about songwriting this is actually something that should be applied to every song.
Creating contrast between the song chorus and the song verse is vital for numerous reasons:
- It helps differentiate the chorus and the verse so that the chorus stands out even more
- The chorus jump in hits even harder which makes building up to the chorus more enjoyable for the listener
- It makes your verse have more power because it stands out from the chorus
- It gives a more professional feel to the song
So aside from the fact that Kevin Gates – 2 Phones has a superb chorus, the thing that carries the song and makes you like it even more whether you realize it or not, is the fact that their is a huge contrast between the verse delivery speed and the chorus delivery speed.
Listen below to how the chorus is nice and slow but when he comes into the verses he is rapping in double time so it is even faster.
That singing slow flow and then fast verses creates a contrast to the listener that makes BOTH the verse and the chorus stand out even more.
If he had did the verses in a slow speed, it wouldn’t have had nearly the same impact.
Also notice how he starts the chorus off slow and singing and then when he gets into the “Ring ring ringin” he is increasing his speed of delivery which makes the end of the chorus even more catchy.
A lot of rappers don’t realize they are even doing this, they just realize what sounds good and what doesn’t.
Having this understanding in your rapper tool belt is going to help you write songs better and help you solve issues like “Why don’t I like my song as much as I should? I love the chorus but the verses don’t carry through very well?!”
It is probably a delivery speed issue 😉
That or… number 1 and 3…. therefore number 1 2 and 3 haha.
3) An Entertaining Witty Line Every 4-8 Bars At Least
(Lil Wayne Example)
This is similar to the melody change up I talked about in number 1 except here you do a 1, 2 punch because you can combine a cool melody change with a sick line and DOUBLE entertain the listener. 😉
I’m sure if you are on this website that you have heard a lot of Lil Wayne songs, right?
For real, you haven’t?
Oh never mind, I thought you said you hadn’t.
Well, do you ever notice that every one of his verses typically just have that ONE hot bar and the rest is just good decent lines?
Well that is his typical songwriting formula.
It’s actually really smart to write that way.
Why? Well because
- He doesn’t waste his hottest bars all in 1 song.
- He entertains through out the song but his strongest bar/punchline stands out even more to the listener among the rest of the lines
- It’s a consistent pattern which his listeners come to expect time and time again whenever they listen to him.
- Therefore, it’s smart branding. Just like every time you go to Taco Bell you expect the same exact Quesadilla or when you eat McDonalds you know it’s going to be the same burger every single time. You expect it. What is expected or we come to know as regular puts our minds in a place of like-ability to continue listening to an artist time and time again. Blah blah blah it’s all psychological. SCIENCE!
Anyways, my point here is that you need to entertain the listener.
My rule of thumb is to have at least 1 FIRE/ENTERTAINING bar every 4-8 bars.
Because you are keeping the listener entertained, laughing, smiling, thinking every 10-15 seconds which makes them enjoy listening. It carries them through the verses to the chorus (which is the entire point of a verse in a catchy song.)
In a real talk song, you want to make a strong statement every 4-8 bars that makes the person feel an emotion or think “Damn, that was real af.”
Make this great bar every 4-8 bars a rule for yourself every time you write a song and you’ll not only end up with better songs but you’ll end up getting better because you are pushing yourself to a higher bar.
A higher bar (pun intended) that won’t settle for a lack of hotness through out an entire song.
This is much better than just writing a verse and being like “It’s finished and it’s good”.
Now you’ll scan your songs and force that higher bar standard time and time again so your songs never lack in lyrics.
When I finally realized that the music industry is really just ENTERTAINMENT, it changed a lot about the way that I think about music.
I started realizing why certain rap was selling and becoming popular.
I used to just think you needed to be yourself and be real. Of course that was just a very simple minded, narrow viewed mindset I had.
Yes, you are telling your story or creating your music in your way, but at the same time, people listen to be entertained in some way.
So make sure as you tell your story and you write your lyrics and choruses that you are entertaining them so they want to come back time and time again or show friends your music to entertain their friends.
Use these tips in every song and you’re on your way to building a massive fan base 1 person at a time.
– T 3