How To Write a Second Rap Verse (In 5 Simple Steps) #buildempire
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In today’s article we’re going to help you conquer one of the most annoying aspects of being a beginning rapper or somebody who is relatively new to writing rap regularly, the issue of
How to come up with a second verse in rap, step-by-step
Now, here at How To Rap we call this concept, the “Verse 2 Blues”.
Verse 2 Blues is the times where you’ve found a beat you love, came up with a great first verse and chorus, but then you get stuck on verse two.
00:14 How to come up with a second verse in rap, step-by-step
01:07 Step 1: Be Mentally Prepared
02:07 Songwriting “Blocks”
02:55 Level Beats Access
03:50 Step 2: Switch The Flow and Rhyme Scheme From The Start of Verse 1
04:44 Step 3: Consider Rearranging The Beat
06:26 Step 4: Events, Environments, Emotions (“The Three E’s”)
08:06 Step 5: Additional Song Sections — Bridge, Post-Chorus, Refrain, etc.
09:12 Level Beats Access
10:00 Comment and Get Your Course
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I’m confident we can help you get past your issues with learning how to write a second verse in rap.
With that being said, let’s give you an easy to follow step-by-step training you can use learn how to effortlessly know how to come up with a second verse in rap.
Step 1: Be Mentally Prepared
The first step when facing the verse 2 blues and wanting to know how to come up with a second verse in rap is to know that it is extremely common for beginning artists to struggle with this.
When I first started rapping over 15 years ago, I would often just write one long verse with no chorus or give up after the first verse, cut the beat off and call it a “freestyle” or “freeverse”.
(I’m sure many readers can relate to that)
Additionally understand that overtime it will become easier and easier to come up a verse 2 quickly if you PRACTICE pushing through it.
The way that I personally do this is organize my songwriting sessions into “blocks” where my only goal is to come out with a COMPLETED song in a given amount of time.
Step 2: Switch The Flow and Rhyme Scheme From The Start of Verse 1
One of the fastest ways to “roll into” a second verse both as a writer and performer is to use a different FLOW or rhythm of your words along with a different rhyme scheme.
In other words, if you start verse 1 using “stacked rhymes” such as…
“This is VERSE 1, I’m HURT THEM, see what my WORK’S DONE”
Step 3: Consider Rearranging The Beat
If step 2 doesn’t work fully for you, you can also consider rearranging the beat into something that will help accentuate a different flow or rhythm for your words than the beat in verse 1.
This is one of the most underrated tricks I find with new rappers trying to learn how to come up with a second verse in rap.
Newer artists think they need to be “tied to the beat structure” that was presented to them when they first heard the song on BeatStars or YouTube or another site.
Step 4: Events, Environments, Emotions (“The Three E’s”)
“The Three E’s” is a concept we came up with a few years back to help rappers with writer’s block come up with new ideas.
Essentially what in means is that almost every great rap song has either:
1. An Event that it’s describing
2. An Emotion that it evokes or illustrates
3. An Environment it takes place in or is played in
In fact, often the best songs have all three.
Step 5: Additional Song Sections — Bridge, Post-Chorus, Refrain, etc.
Our last concept you can use to break through verse 2 blues is consider shortening your verse 2 a bit and placing a different song section that isn’t a verse or chorus at the top of what is normally reserved for verse 2.
In other words, you can have something like a 16-bar verse followed by an 8-bar chorus followed by a 4-bar BRIDGE and a 12-bar verse 2.
That will allow you to focus on just writing a nice catchy 4-bar bridge, and then your verse 2 will be much shorter.
The advantage to this is that you aren’t forcing yourself to think of a super complex verse 2 and thus sort of “postponing” your verse 2 blues, while additionally making your song structure more original and unexpected by having another section.
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