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Rapping Guides and Resources

Get the education and tools you need to improve as a rapper.

Last Updated: October 2023

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If you’re an aspiring rapper, you’re in the right place.

Deviant Noise has one mission – we want to help you make the best music possible.

On this page you’ll find links to all our major guides, tools and resources for rappers.

The stuff on this page will help you move forward to reach your goals as a professional rapper or Hip-Hop artist.

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Latest Guides for Rappers

Learn How to Rap

Rapping with a modern flow and lyrics that captivate.

All About Rap Flow

Learn how to find and improve your flow in rap

Rhyming in Rap

Improve your ability to rhyme when writing lyrics

How to Freestyle Rap

Getting better at the art of freestyling in Hip-Hop

Wordplay in Rap

Language tricks to make your lyrics clever and memorable

How to Rap Fast

Improving your speed and ability to rap faster

What to Rap About

Your guide to rap topics

Rapping and Singing Together

How to rap and sing at the same time

Product Reviews

Check out some of our latest rap related product reviews


Other Resources for Rappers

Here are some of our favorite resources for anyone who raps (affiliate links)

Lessons and Learning Aides

A manual on how to rap straight from interviews with some of the best. Learn More
Nas Teaches Hip Hop
Take the ultimate masterclass in rapping – the legendary Nasir Jones (aka. Nas) teaches the art of storytelling in Rap and Hip-Hop. Learn from one of the best to ever do it. Learn More
A follow-up to the ultimate manual on how to rap featuring even more insights. Learn More

Our Favorite Books Related to Hip-Hop and Rap

The Gospel of Hip Hop Book
From one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop – KRS-ONE – comes a deep dive into the philosophy of the culture and movement of Hip-Hop. Learn More
Jay-Z Decoded Book
Often cited as one of the greatest rappers ever, this book, “Decoded” is Jay-Z’s explanation and exploration of his life and rhymes. Learn More
Rap Capital Book
A brand new book that looks at the story behind the rise of the city of Atlanta, GA in the USA – often seen as the new “Mecca” of Hip-Hop. Learn More
Rose That Grew From Concrete Book
Take a look at the personal poetry of one of the most controversial and most well-known names in Hip-Hop and Rap, Tupac Shakur. Learn More
The Come Up Book
Another new-comer book that takes a look at the history and rise of the most influential culture to take over the world. Learn More
The Rap YearBook Cover
This is a deep dive into what the authors think is the most important hip-hop song for every year since it started. Learn More
Wu Tang Manual Book Cover
The RZA brings you The Wu-Tang Manual, taking a look at the philosophy of the most notable group in the rap game. Learn More

Our Favorite Tools for Rappers

Neumann TLM 103 Microphone
The Neumann TLM-103 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone is a staple in many Rap studios. It’s a more affordable “top-tier” microphone with a super clean and sharp sound. Learn More
Universal Audio Apollo Solo
The Universal Audio Apollo Solo is one of the best affordable audio interfaces to record vocals with. Use some of the best sounding plugins in the world – in real-time – while you record your vocals. Learn More
KRK KNS 8402 Studio Headphones
When you need a good pair of tracking or monitoring headphones when you’re working in the studio or recording vocals, the KRK KNS8402 are a great option – they sound amazing and will have you hype while recording. Learn More

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Latest Blog Posts for Rappers

Read the latest posts on our blog related to rap technique

Why Learn Rap Technique?

Whether you’re a rapper, singer or songwriter learning how to properly rap can help you in so many different ways – from songwriting to rhythm and melody..

It doesn’t matter how “naturally talented” you are, there are a lot of thing you can learn about how to maximize the potential of your voice – and you’ll increase your chances of success.

Rap as a style and artform has become a mainstay in the mainstream. It’s popularity has exploded over it’s decades long history and there’s no doubt it will continue to evolve.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rapping

Some of the most common things to know about making music.

Where Did Rap Originate?

Rapping as an art form traces it’s roots to Jamaican “toasting” culture. But in terms of Hip-Hop culture, it originated in a borough of New York, New York in the late 70s and early 80s.

Are Rapping and Singing the Same?

Traditionally, no, rapping was much more of a rhythmic style of saying poetry/lyrics, whereas singing was much more about melody. But melody has always played a part in the delivery of some rap and within rap songs in general, as well. More recently, however, a lot of rappers make melody a much more integral part of their lyrics and performance. So the lines do tend to blur sometimes.

When Did Rapping Become Popular?

Rap music has been a popular genre of music since at least the late 80s and early 90s. Although the artform started much before that, the music gained mainstream popularity around that time and continued to snowball into the global phenomenon it was until it surpassed “pop music” as the #1 genre in the world in 2018.

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