For my capstone project I decided to create a rap about my 4 years in high school and Science Leadership Academy’s significance in my life. In my rap I touch on all four years of high school which is freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year. Not only did I rap about what happened in school but I also included some moments in my own personal life outside of school. The most difficult part was most likely trying to find a instrumental to fit my story and adapting to a new rap style. I was going through different types of beats with different flows until I found the perfect beat that fit my story. I freestyle for fun with my friends all the time. These freestyles are just for fun and the things we say don't make sense, they just rhyme. So trying to transition from that rapping style to a more lyrical rapping style was a hard task for me. I would find myself writing things that did not make any sense, so I would have to delete a lot of my lyrics and creating new ones. Before attempting to make an actual rap, I thought the process would so easy. That was not the case at all, I learned that there is so many aspects into creating a song that actually has a meaning. Aside from the rapping and lyrical part of the song, there was the presentation aspect that was also a long and hard process.
Capstone Annotated Bibliography
Brandon, Jessica. "Songwriting Tips, News & More." 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Song Lyrics. June 6, 2017. Accessed January 25, 2018. http://www.songwriting.net/blog/five-mistakes-on-writing-lyrics.
This source gave some valuable information that will help me enhance my lyrics. I never written a song so this source giving me some valuable tips on what mistakes not to make when writing lyrics. I found it useful because the things I have a habit doing I found in the mistake to not make. I will use this source to make sure I don't make any common song making mistakes. The website did not look so professional but after looking through the website thoroughly I found out that this website it a reliable source and it helps out young artist create good music.
Brandon, Jessica. "Songwriting Tips, News & More." Songwriting Tip: You Can Write Better Lyrics. April 14, 2011. Accessed January 25, 2018. http://www.songwriting.net/blog/bid/56567/Songwriting-Tip-You-Can-Write-Better-Lyrics.
This was a very useful source that will help me write my lyrics for my rap. It gives me several tips that I found extremely useful. Researching on how to enhance my lyrics has definitely helped me. I thought knew how to write good lyrics although this source has some good techniques and ideas to incorporate to create a good set of lyrics. These tips and techniques come from famous singers and songwriters. The main thing I took from it was the fact that I'm going to need to incorporate a good melody and a good lyrics to create a good and catchy song.
JColeVEVO. "J. Cole - G.O.M.D." YouTube. March 23, 2015. Accessed January 26, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHU6ZRQJ50Q.
This music video was a perfect example of one of the research ideas that I found which was to make a story within your music video. This video was professionally produced and is voted as one of the best music videos. I will use this video analyze the certain features this music video offer from editing to setting. This will come most useful when planning and directing out my music video. J Cole is a famous and successful rapper so getting ideas from his videos and raps will definitely benefit me.
KendrickLamarVEVO. "Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE." YouTube. March 30, 2017. Accessed January 26, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvTRZJ-4EyI.
Another example of one of the ideas that I researched which was to having a unique theme and specific mood. This video has a unique type of style that enhances the lyrics in the song. This can definitely be something I can incorporate into my music video, making my video stand out while making my lyrics sound better and letting the audience vision my lyrics. Kendrick Lamar is a very successful rapper and it shows in his music. Thus makes him a very reliable person to analyze to gain ideas from.
KriscoartProductions, and Kris Trunini. "Making A Music Video - Tips & Tricks." YouTube. August 10, 2015. Accessed January 26, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPEeVz0nnF0.
Kris Trunini is a professional producer and director that now shared his experience with recording videos for artists. Looking at this source will be really helpful for me because I never shot a music video in my life so to hear from someone who went through this process. I hear out his mistakes and process choices and I can use that information to plan out my music video and make sure to not do the same. Being a beginner in recording a music video this video has definitely gave me some tips and some things to do before. Basically things to do when planning to record.
Letang, Shaun. "How To Write Good Rap Lyrics, Advice For Writing Better!" Music Industry How To. October 21, 2017. Accessed January 25, 2018. https://www.musicindustryhowto.com/how-to-write-better-rap-lyrics-5-big-tips/.
This source coming from the same website as my other source, this one stood out to me the most because it teaches on how to create a actual good rap. Giving me some valuable advice that would make my rap not only good but entertaining. This will come in good use when I will start to plan out what I will be rapping about and what message I would want to get across through my rap. This website helps beginning rappers and gives advice to new artists.
Letang, Shaun. "How To Rap Better In 5 Steps." Music Industry How To. April 03, 2015. Accessed January 25, 2018.
This source is based around the music industry and helping people become better. More specifically rappers which is what I identify myself as. Considering that I just freestyle and have not made a actual rap, this source gives 3 valuable tips for beginners when becoming a rapper. This source is a perfect find for me because it will come in handy in writing my lyrics and not making the same mistakes other beginners make.
Sharp, Rob"How to write a memorable song lyric." The Independent. December 29, 2009. Accessed January 25, 2018. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/how-to-write-a-memorable-song-lyric-1852772.html.
This source wasn't really giving me much facts and the research that I need since it was a story. Although after reading more of the article it started to give me some valuable information about making a memorable song. I notice a ton of great ways to create a memorable song and this is definitely a essential idea and information that I can use when making my own rap. I’ve been wondering on how to make a good and memorable hook. This will come in handy when Im creating my hook and am in the process of writing my lyrics. This information comes from a well known artist who is known for memorable lyrics, Don Black.
Stolpe, Andrea. "5 Steps to Start Writing Lyrics." Take Note by Berklee Online. December 09, 2016. Accessed January 25, 2018. https://online.berklee.edu/takenote/5-steps-to-start-writing-lyrics/.
This source is a reliable source that circles its information on music creation. Although I already know how to rap and freestyle, this article definitely puts me on the right track to write valuable lyrics. This was the best source to start with because it gives me all the specific tips and ideas that I can choose to incorporate in my lyrics. I see the necessary steps to make my rap into a professional song and not just any regular song. This will be most useful when I'm writing my lyrics and making sure its professional
WikiHow. "How to Make a Professional Music Video." WikiHow. June 26, 2017. Accessed January 25, 2018. https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Professional-Music-Video.
Wikihow looking like a sketchy site actually gives a lot of valuable information about how to do something. Coming from no knowledge on how to make a professional music video or a music video at all, this source definitely was the best source to start with. It goes in depth on how to create a professional music video and goes through every single step needed to make the video i want. Not only that but telling me what to expect. This will help when writing my storyboard to help me understand how to plan things and what problems to expect.