Today marks the second Sunday that TOPSHELF and I got together to make a track in his studio. And man it is a ton of fun but it is also a ton of work. This week we are working on finishing up the song from last week. Tweaking some lyrics, some deliveries, changing the beat, etc. Just cleaning it up and making more of a finished product.
I can say that I know understand what it is like for musicians when they make a song but they have to keep working on it because it isn’t perfect. That is exactly how I feel with my raps and the song write now. I honestly am very proud of what we have done so far, especially with my rapping, because this is the first track I have ever recorded.
Factoring that, I think it is really good.
But I have to remember that this is really the first thing I have ever recorded. And as such, it is not going to be anywhere perfect. It would be absolutely ridiculous to assume that it should be. And also really arrogant too. Namely, that I could just come in and make a rap and make it supposedly perfect without ever doing it before.
Yeah, no. That’s just not how it works.
Just like my twitch stream, my past and current jobs, school, and everything else, it takes time to get any good at what you do. Sure, you might have talent that is obvious when you start out and that it is clear that you can be really stellar at something in the future, but no matter what you need to put in some work.
Nothing happens instantly.
And that is totally okay, but that is just how life goes. Life is all about progression. As long as your craft is improving then that is a good sign. However, if it isn’t getting any better then that might be a cause for worry.
But, I think will keep getting better. In fact, I can already see how much better my raps are this week prior to last. My voice exudes so much more confidence than it did last week so I am quite excited to see where it will be a in a few weeks and then a few months. Especially when it comes to breath control. That is proving to be the hardest part. After you rap a lot of bars I start to get out of breath and then it gets so much harder to finish the track, or even sound good. And on top of that TOPSHELF always wants two takes from me when he records me rap, so after I finish the whole song then I need to do it again.
And I purposely record the whole song in one take. I want to make sure that I can rap the whole song to my twitch show live. Using studio magic is really good at times, but at other times it can be really bad because if I rap all my verses seperately where I have full breath before each verse, it is going to come out perfect and fast on the sound file, but when I perform it for my show or live then I won’t be able to do that.
And fuck that. If I record something I am damn going to make sure I can spit the whole thing live.
And if I can’t do that, then I won’t record it. In my opinion this is where real rap skill is, and if you cheat here, you cannot say you are a good rapper. I would rather not have as crazy raps but be able to say that I am being real then have it the other way around.
After all, rapping is probably one of the, if not the most pre-eminement, music genre that is all about live performance. After all, when you rap you are only using your voice. No instruments necessary etc. So in my opinion, if you want to say you are a really great rapper you should be able to spit live everything you record in the same manner.
With that said, I am extremely excited to see where this all goes. TOPSHELF and I are committed to meeting on Sundays and making a track a week so that we can bring it to not only the stream, but also to SoundCloud. At the very least this stuff will make the show much more fun, but who knows maybe it could get more popular, and if it does then that is just awesome for both of us!
But, we cannot predict the future, so we surely aren’t getting ahead of ourselves, but rather working on having a good time and improving our crafts, me as rapper so I can be a better entertainer for my twitch stream, and he so that he build his resume as a music producer and get his name out there to work with other artists as well.
And this track has really gotten better from last week. It is much more polished. The beat has been tweaked to be harder and as TOPSHELF says,
Yeah that’s right, icey. (Because we are so cold.)
Well, I was originally going to post the track tonight, but in the end we changed some things up and it’s not quite finished. We have a much better track but there are too many things that just aren’t polished enough for me to post the link. But when, I do post it you will be able to listen to it at the Soundcloud below.
So sorry! I wanted to have it done today, but that’s just how it goes sometimes. I would like to have posted it, but I would rather wait and then release something that is a bit more polished. I need to practice the new raps so I flow better. There are a few lyrical stumbles in the current track I have so I need to work on those before I’m comfortable posting it.
I will have it by next Sunday though, that is guaranteed. Thanks again for reading.