Today is the last day of the rap challenge, which means, my final chance to do a 2-min freestyle!
Here is my final freestyle for the month:
Nic and I decided to a brotherly competition and will be posting a poll on our instagram so that you can vote which one had the best final rap, so please follow us so that you don’t miss out (hint: the poll will most likely be on tomorrow!).
What I did well
Out of all the challenges I’ve done so far (2.5 in total), this challenge was the one I was the most consistent in.
Two factors helped a lot in this matter:
One thing I learned from this challenge is that RAPPING IS HARD. Going into this challenge at the beginning of the month, I honestly thought I would be able to complete the challenge fairly easily, but boy was I wrong. The moment I knew this challenge would be hard? The exact moment I started filming myself for my first rap video and I can barely do two straight lines that rhymed.
If we break down the elements of what exactly is hard in rapping, it’d be the following:
What I learned
One thing I never thought of while doing rap, is that you HAVE to get out of your head. Which means you have to be able to say WHATEVER comes from your head even if it doesn’t make sense, and it’s a lot harder than what it looks. It could be as simple as “Yeah so I’m spitting now and don’t know what to say, maybe I can go to church a bit so that I can go pray”. It doesn’t make sense, but it’s whatever came out of my head at that exact moment. It actually doesn’t even need to rhyme, and that’s something that I learned at the end. As I said earlier, the important part of rapping is to actually flow with the beat.
One consequence of doing this is that it actually helps me in the real world as well. If you know me, then you know that I am a pretty shy (but still fly) guy, but I think a lot before saying something. I still need to work on it, but rapping definitely helped me to go in the right direction, which is pretty crazy when you think about it (who knew that learning how to rap would have cool side effects!?)
What would I do differently
There are two main things that I would do differently for this challenge:
How much time/money I spent on this challenge
I’ll keep it short and sweet for this one. When I practiced, I usually spent around 15 to 30 min a day and I skipped maybe 5 days in total. So I spent around 12.5h in total practicing my rapping skills. Was that enough? I think so. There were actually times where I had to take breaks because I started to always falter back to the same rhymes (and still do!) I could even reduce my sessions to 15 minutes, as long as I get into deliberate practice. I already had a mic to register and used Photo Booth as my program to register myself, so I spent a big total of ZERO dollars for this challenge!
In all honesty, I didn’t think I would be able to freestyle for 2 min straight, BUT the video that I uploaded ISN’T half bad. So I will let the public decide. Is it a yay or nay?
I really had fun with this challenge, and I am overall disappointed with rap skills, even though I am MUCH better than one month ago. SO, I decided to continue this challenge next month ON TOP of my next challenge.