So you've just watched Eight Mile, and now you want to be the next eminem, throwing out sick punchlines and winning all the freestyle battles you can find.

But its not easy. You can't just wake up in the morning and suddenly dazzle people with you're oratorical skill.

This article will give you a few steps to get you ready to freestyle battle!

Things You Will Need

Step 1

Step one.

The first thing is to go to you tube and do a search for freestyle battles. Watch some of them to get an idea of what to expect. You can learn from watching and listening to rappers who have been freestyling for a long time. How they flow, what gets the audience pumped up, and, in the cases where the battle is bad, what not to do.

Step 2

Step two. Now that you have a general idea of what to expect from a freestyle battle, go back to you tube. You tube offers tons of instrumentals, rap beats which are just the beat with no vocals over them. Pick a beat that you like, listen to it once or twice, and then, after locking your door, try your hand at freestyling.

Step 3

Step three. What happened? You were going to be so good, but then you started and after the second rhyme, you choked. All the idea's you had in your head froze somewhere before they came out of your mouth.

Its simple. Freestyling looks easy, but it really isn't. Rappers who are good freestylers have been practicing for a long time, and part of it is a mindset.

The important thing is that you need to always be thinking about the next line even as you're saying the first one.

Use simple words at first. If you have something clever which ends with the word hippopotamus, you might want to switch for something simple instead. The problem is that not very many words rhyme with hippopotamus, and the words that do rhyme aren't going to be ones that will pop into your head right away.

Instead, try using a simple word like rhyme. Lots of words rhyme with rhyme. Time, slime, lime, mime, dime, and a lot more are close enough that you can get away with using them, nine, dine, decline.

Its more important to know the next word that you're going to rhyme, rather than thinking of entire lines. If you say something like, "I'm going to spit a sick rhyme," and you know time and line both sound close enough, then you can try to improvise. "I'm going to spit a sick rhyme/ so sick it'll stop time/ the hands of the clock gunna stay still on nine/ when I beat you, you're going to decline."

Is that a classic rap battle? No, but its a start.

Step 4

Step four. Practice with friends. Find some friends of yours to battle against. Trade the beat back and fourth, and then just play around with different rhymes, and see where it takes you.

Step 5

Step five. Finally, get ready to battle. Even if you don't live in "the streets" that's no reason you can't battle other rappers. The Internet is an excellent forum. In particular, the sight lets beef, " is a free sight that allows members to battle one another. All you need is a microphone and a computer and you're all set. Good luck!


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