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Why can't I rap fast anymore? Answered

I used to be really fast and legible, around last year/beginning of this year but now when i rap i start stuttering my words. Why?



Best Answer 8 years ago

Ruling out things like minor strokes & drugs - you're thinking about it differently.
There's an output buffer in your head, which contains what you are about to say, a few words ahead. If you're stuttering you've emptied the buffer. It could be that you've become complacent and aren't thinking ahead enough, so the buffer isn't filling fast enough, or you're thinking too much which is slowing the process down.
Concentrate on what you're thinking of saying next as you're talking / typing, feel out how it works - you might get some ideas. Or just practice the words at normal speed more.


Hi there,

Rapping is a form of music and self-expression that is very successful in modern society. While rapping should be dependent on the beats and the groove, sometimes one simply needs to rap fast. Perhaps it's because you want to show off the rap songs you've easily committed to memory or need to perform the song super up tempo. Here are some tips that I found on MusicForte website I hope that would help you to resolve your problem as well:

1.Learn the lyrics to the rap song you aim to perform quickly. It should be a favorite recording at first when learning how to rap fast. Knowing the lyrics extremely well is essential to saying them quickly.

2.Say tongue twisters constantly for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. This can get you accustomed to speaking quickly and enunciating sometimes difficult combinations of words and letters. This will come in handy when rapping quickly.

3.Try rapping quickly without the background of the song. Try it a second time, making sure to keep the original intent of the words. Rapping quickly and conveying the meaning of the song is an art.

You're getting old.  Deal with it.  Go buy a Volvo and tune the radio to Easy Listening.  Get married and have (or acquire) kids.  Get over it.


My old Volvo wagon is tuned to NPR - figure that's even better.

Physical explanations for this change:

- A blow to the head.  You'd remember this happening and it would have caused the change within a few days.

- A minor stroke.  You might not have ever felt severe symptoms, but it would have caused a sudden change in your abilities.  You should look up the common symptoms of a stroke and memorize the list by the way.  Again, it would be a change over the course of a few days.  If this could be it, see a doctor ASAP.

- Regular consumption of alcohol or drugs.  Alcohol may affect speaking patterns and impair certain abilities even several hours after sobering up.  Prescription or illicit drugs are too varied to discuss.  Side effects of drugs can last for hours or weeks beyond last dose, depending on type.

- Overdose of drugs or alcohol can permanently alter brain chemistry.


-Under more pressure now and/or experiencing anxiety.

-Not as bad as you think but are experiencing a depressive state or a self-esteem issue.


-Your speed has increased past your limit for clarity.   Slow down, practice harder.

-You never were as clear as you thought, but your sense of hearing has been trained to better pick up on it.    Practice harder.

-Using unfamiliar equipment, unfamiliar venues, all giving unfamiliar acoustics and distracting you.  Practice harder everywhere you can.

There could be hundreds of reasons.  To be honest, the only section I took 100% seriously was the practical section as I thought it was most likely.

I might suggest getting yourself a wireless-headset type monitor if you are a frequent performer.  You can get them standalone, or combined with a wireless microphone.  Doing so gives you something you can use at almost any venue and at practice.  Regularly using the same equipment will help you eliminate that variable.


8 years ago

At 64 I can't rap like I used to.

So I just stick to the break dancing.

I find that my ability to improvise on guitar ebbs and flows depending on my mood and how focused I am on music or other pursuits.

I *think the same could be said for any artistic expression involving improvisation, including rap.

Is it possible that you've just spread yourself thin, so to speak, with other pursuits over the last year?

Another explanation could be hearing loss.  Your hearing is important for speech as the brain needs some feedback to correct and normalize your vocals.