A 7-step recipe for becoming a modern day black rapper.

If you want to be a successful black rapper today, the rules of the game have changed a bit. There’s a new rap recipe — a formula to follow. If you manage to get a deal, your bosses will probably hip you to it. But if you’re so eager to become a modern day minstrel show… I mean black rap star that you want to learn the rap recipe now, print it out and be certain to follow it to the letter.

1. Start with a Base of Bass
We all know that rap isn’t so much about substance anymore as it is about a banging bass line. So save up your money and spend thousands on a producer to create beats that will completely drown out your lack of talent. The more banging the bass of the beat the better -- it’s guaranteed a hit even if as Jim Jones’ girlfriend Chrissy said “the only time you should be rapping is at Christmastime.” Use Souljah Boy, Gucci Mane, Kreayshawn, Plies, Young Joc and Birdman as a point of reference.

2. Add One Catchy Chorus
To write a proper rap song you absolutely must include one simple-minded and pointless chorus. The chorus doesn’t even have to make sense or relate to the song’s theme - it just has to rhyme (somewhat). In fact the more ridiculous the chorus the better. For an example see Gucci Mane (Mouth Full of Gold, Pancake and pretty much everything else he’s released).

3. Throw in a Couple of References to “Slanging”
As black rapper Jay-Z explained to Oprah, rap music is just an expression of your experiences whether they be real or imagined. So be sure to play into the stereotype of black men as drug dealing criminals, murderers and animals to create a perfectly crafted modern-day rap song. Talk about how many 8-balls and bricks you’ve accumulated. Then later you can complain about how the hip hop cops and “the man” is always trying to “keep a brother down.” If you’re a female rapper, do everything possible to live up to every negative stereotype that men have about women (i.e. gold diggers, sexpots and desperate for attention). Review Nicki Minaj and Trina’s work for an example of the latter case.

4. Sautee in a Special Dedication to White Girls, Yellow Girls or Redbones
Go out of your way to compliment light-skinned or white women. After all, why would you want to celebrate blackness under any circumstances as a black rapper? It doesn’t matter if you’re dark as midnight yourself and have a brown-skinned daughter or dark skinned family members. Show the world over just how much you hate your own dark brown or black skin and roots by praising its exact opposite in every song that you can. Create a list of everything that rhymes with yellow (mellow, hello, cello, pelo) so that you can fit the reference in smoothly as if it’s normal.

Also, let the world know how much you hold white girls and white people in general in high esteem by talking them up for at least four bars in each song. If you want to be really clever, disguise your praise of whites by pretending as if you’re really just talking about drugs. For primary examples, pull up all of Lil Wayne’s songs (Every Girl, Right Above It, Hustle Hard), Chris Brown’s part in “Look at Me Now,” Rick Ross (BMF and White Girl), Trina (White Girls) and Young Jeezy (Put On).

5. Sprinkle in 3 Girl-Like Giggles, Cackles or Forced Grunts
You know what makes a modern rap song just precious? A cute lil’ giggle. Make it your trademark. Practice giggling like a silly schoolgirl in the mirror before you go into the booth to get it just right. If you’re not one to giggle like a girl and really want to prove your manhood, grunt as if you’re taking a crap on the floor of the studio. See all of Rick Ross, Jay Z and Lil Wayne’s songs for examples.

6. Season Your Song with as Many N-Words and B-Words as Possible
What would rap be if it weren’t for the N-word and the B-word? After all these words are “empowering”… and using it in everyday conversation makes you sound so cultured and intelligent. Yup. As a black rapper, it is also your responsibility to give young white American kids, like the new white “rapper” Kreayshawn, more confidence in using the N-word with each other and eventually with blacks. Imagine how "empowering" it would be to see a young white girl from Kentucky get comfortable enough to call your black momma the N-word! A minimum of 20-30 percent of your rap song must be composed of some combination of the words “n*gga,” “b*tch” or “ho.” It’s a plus if it rhymes, so start brainstorming.

7. Heap a Generous Spoonful of Disparaging Remarks About Black Women and Women in General
No modern day rap song is quite complete without a heaping helping of negative remarks about women in general and black women in particular. Avoid calling women of all colors by their given names or “lady” and only reference them by “b*tch,” ho, “skeeze” or “twist.” Go out of your way to insult and assault the women of your own race who share a common background and similar struggles. Who cares if they were riding with you when you were poor and broke down? Reward them with disrespect, they should have known you better! If you really want to hit home and put your inner self-hatred on full display call your fan base "nappy headed hos" and laugh at them. For a recent example see Nicki Minaj (Did It On ‘Em). 

* If you took any of this seriously, you're part of the problem, not the solution. Put down the mic and pick up a book.

- submitted by Guest Blogger Sammi Jace

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  1. Elegance On November 16, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    That was really great, creative, and so true! When I listen to music at home it's usually ballads or pop music. But I only seem to be able to dance to hip hop and I like dancing. I have always hated the lyrics and only like the background music. I don't like techno...so I'm just trying hard to find something new to listen to because even though I don't buy the music, I don't feel comfortable dancing to it. I might have to take up salsa or something...

      CB Lady On November 20, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    hey elegance... I tried salsa and couldn't quite keep up! lol but now I mostly listen to high energy dance music. If I do listen to rap it is lupe fiasco because he talks about politics and positivity. thanks for your post!

      YOUSHOULDKNOWBYNOW On November 12, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    what if i rap about what I read?

      Tyler Shaw On April 13, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    I stumbled here looking for lyrical patterns. At first, I was pretty frustrated with what I read until I got to the end. Thank you.

      PaulG On September 25, 2017 at 1:12 AM

    I was so disappointed at this all the way up until the ending. Way to go out with a bang. It's crazy how mad I was and now the same material has me laughing.


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