Hip-Hop 101: How to Write a Classic Rap Song

Saturday, April 18, 2020 -
11:00am to 12:30pm

University City Regional, Community Room

Rap music, once considered to be a fad, is now over 40 years old. Through the years, rappers have contributed to the form and shape of the music. This 1 ½ hour class will introduce participants to the classic form of a rap song. First, students will learn how to count in 4/4 time. Also, this class will cover the 16 bar verse and 8 bar hook format. It will cover end rhyme, internal rhyme and the concept of rhyming couplets. Students will also be introduced to the idea of cadence. The goal of the class is for the students to benefit from what has already been established in rap music, so as not to reinvent the wheel and also to develop their own style of artistic expression. Tarik Kiley, the presenter, is a local musician, who plays piano, drums and percussion, who is versed in many different styles of music, and who has been rapping for over 20 years. He wants to cultivate the scene for underground rap artists, as an underground rap artist, himself.