Introduction: How to Become a Famous Rapper

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This document will serve as a guide to aid one in their attempt to become a famous rapper. Steps will be provided for one to hone their rapping skills as well as creating a marketable image for themselves. This guide is geared toward those who are willing to make big changes to their life in order to achieve rapping success. This is not a guide for those who want to start rapping as a hobby, just so they have something to pre-occupy themselves in the weekends. 

Before you claim that you are ready to make the proper sacrifices there a few things that you must be warned about:

1. Rapping is very competitive, you will most likely be brutally insulted by those who you are competing against, as well as the masses if you show any sign of vulnerability or lack of effort within your music.

2. Being involved in the rap game is a full time job, it must be your main priority. If you have other large goals, such as a college degree in mind, your chances of success will be greatly reduced.

3. If by the infinitely small chance you actually end up being a famous rapper, you will be required to constantly improve your rapping skill or you will soon be forgotten and lose everything that you worked for.

4. Finally, you must be aware that being famous will provide you with constant opportunities to cause yourself harm, wether it be though drugs, alcohol, or numerous other vices. If you do not feel that you are strong enough to constantly resist temptation you should find a new goal.

Continue onto the first step of the guide if you feel as though you can mentally handle this life of excess, where your every move will be watched, you will be intensely busy between creating new music, touring the world, and you will most likely lose contact with most of the friends/family that you now have.

Step 1: Step 1 - Rapping Skillz

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First you must work on developing your rapping talent, if you are unable to make music that people will pay to hear then you will be guaranteed fail.

Start off by writing a lot of songs, the best way to do this is to go onto youtube type in "hip-hop instrumentals" or something along those lines and select a beat that you like. LIsten to the beat though to get a feel for the rhythm, and then just keep replaying the beat while you write your verses. Every so often stop and recite what you have written aloud to make sure that doesnt sound awkward and goes well with the beat.

Keep in mind that you are trying to make a song that is special in some sort of way. Your goal is to make something memorable so that   when someone listens to your song they will want to go back and listen to it again later. And if they really like it they will show it to their friends too. This is how music spreads to more people. 

Here are some good ways to make your songs memorable:

1.Tell a story with your song, this keeps the listener engaged. It is easy to for one to lose interest in a song if it is focused on a bunch of random generic topics.

2. Make it so your song includes a complex rhyme scheme, its very impressive if a rapper is able to get a point across while having multi-sylable rhymes from line to line.

3. Be original, most artists talk about the same things, so if you focus on something new then your music will sick out in peoples' minds. 

The quality or your music will bring people in to listen, but without a good image you yourself will not be memorable.

Step 2: Step 2 - Your Image

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Now you need to create an image for yourself. A good image will cause people to be more interested in you. 

Focus on your physical appearance, there are a couple things you can easily do to improve your image right off the bat:

1. Invest in some nice clothing; you'll need to buy from the expensive, well-known companies, such as Gucci, Louie Vuitton, Supreme, Polo, and Bape among other brands. People really enjoy seeing their favorite rapper wearing clothing that they could not afford themselves.  It is essential that you have an extensive wardrobe and that you are looking "fresh" at all times. 

2. Buy some jewelry; One thing that every big rapper has in common is owning a thick gold chain and a pair diamond earrings. If you buy some expensive jewelry an wear it regularly that shows that you live a frivolous lifestyle and are totally irresponsible with your money, which is cool.

3. Get some tattoos; another thing that many rappers have in common is tattoos. This also plays into the common idea that irresponsibility is cool. You should cover the majority of your upper body in tattoos, but make sure not to get too many in one sitting to avoid poising yourself. Make sure that these tattoos are done by a skilled artist, if you cover yourself with cheap tattoos this will do no good for your rap career, and you'll just end up unemployed because nobody wants to hire someone who looks like they came from the Hell's Angels (a biker gang).

Step 3: Step 3 - Getting Your Music to the People

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Getting people to listen to your music is the hardest part of becoming a rapper. The best way to get yourself heard is to put your songs on the internet. The problem with this is that there are so many other aspiring rappers in the world with internet access, which causes a huge overload of music being uploaded onto any website possible. This makes it unlikely that many people will stumble upon your music. 

So how so you get more people to listen? 

By making an awesome music video that will rack up a lot of views on youtube. You have to make sure that your video is original, nobody wants to watch some no-name rapper doing something that they've seen twenty times before. Also make it so you are in most of the video, so that people can view the image that you have worked for and appreciate the skill you have developed and remember you for them. 

If enough people see your video and like your music the record companies will come knocking. It saves them a lot of money if they sign an artist who has already started to develop a fan base.

Step 4: Outro

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Best of luck on your endeavor to become a famous rap superstar. If you succeed, all of your sacrifice will be worth it, you will have more money than you will ever need and millions of people will know your name. Your main worry will be continuing to make music that people like, though this will become much easier with all of the resources that you will have at your disposal. 

If you do not achieve your goal you will have a hard life ahead. You will probably be very poor due to spending most of your money on clothing and jewelry and it will be very hard for you to find a decent job after you covered yourself in tattoos. You best option at this point will be displaying you rapping talents on a street corner while asking strangers for pocket change, this will allow you to purchase just enough food you continue surviving. All the while pray that the right person decides to stop, listen and offer you a recording opportunity. DOn't me scared though, just use this as motivation to become the best, most well known rapper that ever lived.


TheAnt7 (author)2017-04-11

Yo I'm a 14 year old rapper, check out my channel:

Tori-AnnJ (author)TheAnt72017-10-07

I'm Tori i wanna be a rapper, I'm fourteen years old and i rap with four other girls and we need a name, any suggestions?

SreeramK1 (author)TheAnt72017-04-26

bro! i'm also a teen age rapper. i'm 16 i can also rap.

abee coolin (author)2017-02-28

any tips on how to get exposure

Young Shawn (author)abee coolin2017-03-16

aye bro can you help me out to. Im a 17 year old rapper and i been rapping since i was about 13. and i been trying to get noticed but there has no one been coming thru you know what i mean. i been thru the struggle and i been trying to help my fam. so if you have any advice feel free to contact me back on this.

hey I am 14 yr old white rapper I have friend too that raps really goo d we could use more to the team young shawn ya feel me

I waana join your team .. i can rap

TrevorB66 (author)2017-06-20

I'm trynna become a rapper. I mean I make my own raps and beats.

GeorgeS325 (author)TrevorB662017-09-17

Sup bro .. i know how to rap and am very good at it. But i realy need a producer to make awesome beats for me but its so hard to find one in my region. I need your help please

jamie.manning (author)2017-04-26

how can i be a rapper

LK Music (author)2017-04-01

22 year old female rapper check me out on YouTube

KingTezz (author)2017-03-19

can yall go look at my music on soundcloud KingTezz (DT)

Ng n (author)2016-08-21

I am a good raper i rode alote of songs but i i gust need the beats and studieo

Young Shawn (author)Ng n2017-03-16

think you can help me out you feel me. i been rapping since i was 13

branskin (author)Ng n2017-02-24

well make one or buy one

abee coolin (author)2017-02-28

im a good lyricist the only thing i need help on is exposure

andre-831 (author)2016-11-27

THX for the advice because I wanna be a famous rapper and I'm only 12years old but you know nobody said it's impossible, people also told me that I can't become a rapper because I'm a Mexican but I was born in the united states .I listen to rappers like wiz Khalifa,2pac,B.I.G,snoop dog,Dr.dre,N.W.A and more I'm really into oldies . I really don't share this out loud but my father left me when I was a baby so i want to become famous so that if he says that's my boy he won't be able to because he was never there for me.

JuanM310 (author)andre-8312017-01-28

Yeah he can because your still his son lol he may not be a father but your still his son

AndyG105 (author)andre-8312016-11-29

bro i pray u become famous someday dont listen to haters just do what u feel like doing and work hard

JuanM310 (author)2017-01-28

I love rapping Eminem's life story fits mine to a t I wanna be the next slim shady but not replace him no one can replace Marshall mathers

mookieluh savage (author)2017-01-20

i know how to rap i just wanna get out the street im14 and my name is mookie and i love to rap

meador1 (author)2016-12-16

just wanting some advice on how to start like how to write lyrics cause i have alot of things i could write down just dont know exaclt how to do it you know

YOUNG FLEXX (author)2016-11-15

so i got my gang a some story just need a rexcord produxer

YOUNG FLEXX (author)YOUNG FLEXX2016-11-15

any you can rexormend

dazzer0917 (author)2016-10-19

hey I'm a 14 ur old rapper and just starting up. any ideas on what people like these days?

Rango8 (author)2016-07-07

Or future I don"t make beats cause I don't need them

Rango8 (author)2016-07-07

I know that this is crazy but I'm trying to rap with Travis Scott

KaiG6 (author)2016-07-05

But do you really have the heart to rap? If you aint mean it, you aint singing hip hop.

KaiG6 (author)2016-07-05

how to become a famous rapper:

Step one: mean it. Theres a reason gangster rap blew up and will never truly die

Young j27 (author)2016-07-01

Im 15 im a good rapper i just need the beats yall

BilalK43 (author)2016-06-25

Great article.....I got some on it..Visit my blog

AhmadM14 (author)2016-06-02

I'm a really good rapper and a fast one I can almost rap faster than em

but my problem is I cant write songs or what em said " I got every ingredient, all I need is the courage like I already got the beat, all I need is the words"

so can some one help me

Hybs (author)2016-04-26

I'm a good rapper and I already wrote many songs but I just need a beat

AhmadM14 (author)Hybs2016-06-02

download music maker jam you ca make your own beat

KakarotS (author)Hybs2016-05-13

Hey brother u should go onto youtube type in instrumental 90s you'll get lots of good stuff :)

KakarotS (author)KakarotS2016-05-13

insurmental 90's beats

Jthefamousrapper (author)2016-04-25

I love rap music

jayjay024 (author)2016-01-31

hey guys im a native american rapper ,,ive been told that im good at rapping and i need someone to make me a beat ...

ShaeB2 (author)jayjay0242016-03-12

Whiteno1se (author)ShaeB22016-04-18

Yo what's goodie I been listening to your beat and I got some fire I put on it we should collab facebook me.... Sean Sherman

DesmondP4 (author)2016-04-16

For the inspiring rapper there's things you need to understand. Rapping freestyle and making music is to different things. Your voice is a instrument, it needs to be used allot before your sound is polished. As a rapper taking music theory classes, take writing and speach classes will help also. There is a formula to everything and if you don't study your craft you will be behind the eight ball everytime.

XylonM (author)2016-04-14

Im a 16 year old rapper from Amarillo Texas and i need a producer and possibly someone to collab with

EmilaP (author)2016-04-12

My friend is a beat maker , he helped my brother out with his career , i think his twitter is ourunitbeats or something

Dayvon (author)2016-03-31

Hey i want to be a rapper. I have been told that im a good rapper and one say i will be famous

Biggoldye (author)2016-03-22

You can reach me at

Biggoldye (author)2016-03-22

Yes let's Colab I am a rapper looking for a producer I'm 19. Check out my soundcloud you are welcome to mix all my songs @ B.I.G Goldye is my name on soundcloud

The Reverse (author)2016-03-15

I can rap good but all I need is a beat and I'm kinda good at free style but I'm better at writing lyrics but I'm trying as good as I can

How about featuring on my beat? Im a half-nonsense-rapper and I produce my own beats. It would be nice if some technical savage could be a featuring in my track.

AlexC192 (author)2016-01-14

So im White, right and ive been told i have some musical talent in differnt areas, such as guitar, fast and slow, and rap which im looking for someone who can hook me up with some beats that i can put my lyrics to, ive got the words(ive been in some rap battles) i just need the beats

ShaeB2 (author)AlexC1922016-03-12

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