How To Rap With The Diaphragm

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    ThaTruth1 : Sat 26th Oct 2013 : 8 years ago

    Ok, just like the title says, anybody has some tips on how to rap with the diaphragm ? I've been writing for quite some time now and I mastered complex rhyme schemes and all. The problem comes during recording. I always have breath control problems while rapping all these complex lines and my voice is so muffled sometimes. I need to learn how to project my voice. I'm a rapper but will it help if I take singing/vocal classes ? Thanks ! :)

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    JamesDavies : Sat 26th Oct 2013 : 8 years ago

    i find problems with sounds like "P" or "B" because there's sometimes pop noises that appear & I saw someone on youtube say he puts a swimming bonnet over his mic to stop this, so now I record with a sock over my mic, lol !
    With complicated lines try just saying them first articulating as best as possible then try it with adapting ya voice to fit the beat. Listening to recordings afterwards i sometimes find some words (tends to be short ones) aren't heard that well due to others that are longer or louder. Just got to try pronouncing them slowly and then rapping to the beat again.
    Another thing, try finding a pace to rap at. I'm not saying ya can't do fast lines it's just some things are harder to say fast than slow. Ya got to adapt to the pace at which ya can say the lyrics, like if ya find it too fast either keep practicing or either slow it down a bit. I find no problem listening to slow rap provided it fits well ^^

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    Mataleao : Sat 26th Oct 2013 : 8 years ago

    Every time you have a split second of a pause inhale the deepest breath possible. I'm just an amateur and surely people on here can give you more technical advice. As far as recording goes search YouTube for ways to add a "vocal exciter" to your mixes.

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    StrawHatDJ : Sat 26th Oct 2013 : 8 years ago

    Some basic tips I have picked up:

    - Practice holding your breath for as long as you can.
    - Practice breathing out for as long as you can (the slower the better)
    - Practice rapping/speaking without air (exhale all the air in your lungs then say or rap a short phrase)

    Start doing Qi Gong, works wonders.

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    ZeeHipHop : Mon 28th Oct 2013 : 8 years ago

    All I can say it that it sounds like you're not writing your breaths into your verses. I always write everything down and practice it like crazy. Write your lyrics, then try the verse. If you're struggling to get it out comfortably then it won't record well and even worse, you won't be able to perform it live. Go back and "fix" the lines that aren't working. There is no point in forcing lines into a verse if they aren't heard coz of muffling. Also, remember you don't have to say every word you write down. You can get away with a lot of missed words

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    ThaTruth1 : Thu 7th Nov 2013 : 8 years ago

    I Thank y'all for the replies. And sorry for my late respond, I was trying to implement what you guys told me. Here's the latest track I did with a friend. I have the first verse, lemme know what I can adjust. Thank u :).

    https://soundcloud.com/thatruth2/stronger-thatruth-ft-bb-ja

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    Felix : Thu 7th Nov 2013 : 8 years ago

    I'm with ZeeHipHop. After listening to your music, It seems that you aren't writing the breaths in. IDK exactly how to rap with your diaphram, but practice really does make perfect. It's not always about being "complex". You're writing what you can rap in your head, but not out loud. I rehearse my verses out loud until I basically know it by heart (everyone does it different). Just my 2 cents. Also, your mixing is actually not bad. I think you need to spend time on things like...
    1. Distance from microphone
    2. Gain of Microphone

    Good Luck,
    -Felix-

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    Audiotism : Thu 7th Nov 2013 : 8 years ago

    Im with Zeehiphop and Abeezylive, when you write your lyrics keep trying to say them out loud, if they dont fit, then adjust your lyrics, to me thats the only way you can adjust your lyrics to your song. You song is not bad man, mixing is good. You will get there!

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    Audiotism : Thu 7th Nov 2013 : 8 years ago

    Oh and @JamesDavies, do you have a pop filter? you know the thing infront of you microphone, I bougt one, but back in the day i use to make it myself, pretty easy if you are a bit innovative, what I did was take a panty, take a like a pipe (rain pipe, the gray plastic one) cut a small part of the pipe, then put over the panty, cut the panty so both sides are coverd, and tape this with ducktape, now for connecting it to your mic stand, youl have to use a iron pipe, but my friend did that so i cant really help you with that, lol anyway its an easy way to make a pop filter, please not that this doesnt completely remove it, but sure does help! peace audiotism

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    ThaTruth1 : Thu 7th Nov 2013 : 8 years ago

    Thanks for your replies. Now, can anyone explain to me the meaning of "Writing the breaths into the verses" ?

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    iceberg760 : Thu 7th Nov 2013 : 8 years ago

    Dig the Track --- myself/as others have said~~~write it/say it/rewrite it....do whats comfortable to you~~~~either you want to punch in a thousand times or be a one take wonder...it's up to you....

    wathed an interview by Crooked I---he said spit it/record it how you want someone to hear it----i take that as "do you"...breath control cant hurt!!!

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    TurfGoldMusic : Fri 8th Nov 2013 : 8 years ago

    Simple math will do the trick all the time. Too many words in one line can kill a flow. Add and subtract words. Don't be too eager to record. Make sure you memorize your rhymes to the point you can spit them while your sleep. Patience is the best tool for writing complete and good lyrics.

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    ThaTruth1 : Fri 8th Nov 2013 : 8 years ago

    Thx much @iceberg760 I'm glad you like it. Guys any clue about "writing breaths into verses" like @Zeehiphop said above ?

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    TurfGoldMusic : Fri 8th Nov 2013 : 8 years ago

    Bruh, he explained it very well and I think I tried to break it down so a monkey could follow it. Just do your thang and the good folks here on the loop will let you know.

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    ThaTruth1 : Tue 12th Nov 2013 : 8 years ago

    @blaknast, no no, I got what you guys explained. That's simple English lol. my question is, what does it mean to "write the breath in verses"

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    theyouth : Thu 2nd Jan 2014 : 8 years ago

    ya need to learn yourself to control your breathing . it's like inhale so much as you can. hold your breath for like almost a minute but focused! don't just blur it out ause ya inhaled that deep haha. it works me most of the times

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    ThaTruth1 : Fri 3rd Jan 2014 : 8 years ago

    @theyouth, yeah you right. I really need to learn breath control. I hate inhaling when I rap cuz the first few words after i inhale, always sound muddy lol.

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    theyouth : Fri 3rd Jan 2014 : 8 years ago

    haha i know exactly what you mean ThaTruth1 but it's gonna be okay if ya constantly practicing while your recording

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    ThaTruth1 : Fri 3rd Jan 2014 : 8 years ago

    @theyouth, haha yeah. I'm practicing this right now anyways, thank you

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