While most genres of music are based on both a combination of words and music, Rap genre is focused more on words and storytelling. A rap artist has to focus on getting the right beat, a rhyme-scheme and probably a good vocabulary to make the wordplay sound seamless. Perfection does take practice but there are tools that can aid you at all times. So here are the best apps for aspiring rappers. Excited to know about them? Let’s start.
Best Rap Apps
1. Groovepad – Music & Beat Maker
There are numerous tools that let you create loops, add effects and also let you record. Groovepad is one such app that is very easy to understand and start with.
To start making music, choose a pack or sound. For example, you can choose hip-hop, trap, EDM, Techno and many such sounds. You can also preview the sound of each pack by clicking on the play button on the thumbnail. After you’ve downloaded the sound, it’ll show you different sounds in the pack which you can click and trigger. Remember these are already in-time so you don’t have to bother about going out of sync. The app also lets you record and export the audio so you can use it with a production software or simply ideate using your music player.
In addition to sounds, you can also add special effects like flanger, reverb and also add filters. If you wish to go through all your recorded tracks, you can find them in My Records section. The software exports in .wav format but you can choose mp3 to reduce the file size as well.
Get Groovepad here.
2. Lyric Notepad
Every musician needs to write and rappers need to write far more. To have all your songs in one place helps you go back, change and add to the song. I use this app for my songwriting but it’s equally good for rappers as well. You can use Google Keep or Evernote for real-time syncing but if it’s just the phone, you might want to give it a try.
To start with the most important features first, you get to see a syllable count on the left whenever you write a sentence. You have formatting options so you can easily bold, italicize and mark heading with shortcuts. A lot of times you want to add intricate details like how to pronounce a word or additional information that you need to share before starting to perform, this can be done with the notes sections easily. The recording option also comes in handy, when you can record for each line separately. There is a measure mode as well, but it’s highly unlikely unless you know staff notation.
Another important feature included highlighting a word to find exact or near rhymes. You can also find synonyms and definitions within the app. So if you need a songwriting tool for rapping or any other genre, you know what to use!
Get Lyric Notepad here.
3. Freestyle Rap Coach
When words are spoken in no structure it’s called freestyle. For those of you already familiar, it’s a great way to grow as a rapper and get accustomed to different rhyme schemes. So the frequently you do it, the better.
It works by generating a random topic to rap on with an instrument track. It is different from other apps as it suggests words and rhymes to help you continue the word flow. The UI is simple, you can find a word at the top and the suggested rhymes in the middle of the screen. There are enough words to rhyme in addition to suggested phrases as well. You can choose the duration between topics and also record while you sing (still in beta).
Get Freestyle Rap Coach here.
Now you’ve lyrics and you’ve enough material to make it into a song. You know how to produce a bit and have even practiced freestyle, so you’re almost an intermediate. But you need to record the song to put it out in the market. There are many mobile DAWs that you can choose from but because we need a simple option, Bandlab works just fine.
It’s a multitrack recorder so you can either record it with your microphone or import an audio file in our case a beat track to rap on. There is a support to record MIDI instruments and even make loops. So it can do everything a rapper might require. In addition to that, you can use the metronome, add a time signature and also add lyrics in the same tab. It’s super easy to export your song and save it on your storage.
Get BandLab here.
5. Voloco: Auto Voice Tune
We all are familiar with auto-tune and we also know for a fact that a lot of hip-hop artists use it in their tracks. But auto-tune is expensive and it also requires proper know-how, to process audio in such a way that it sounds good to the listener. But what do you do when you don’t have any of those things? Voloco is an app that fills that void and does the work automatically. Oh, here is how a cat sounds using the app!
Autotuned the cat because he won't shut up in the mornings. I don't know how this helps but I did it anyway. pic.twitter.com/JjOrSttEak
— Joaquin Baldwin @FC (@joabaldwin) February 18, 2019
Famous songs like Future “Tony Montana” and Chief Keef “Citgo” have used it creatively. Download and install the app from the play store.
You can start creating by clicking on the plus sign at the bottom of the screen. It’ll prompt you to wear headphones, I suggest that too if you don’t want echo and voice delay while you record. Further, you can choose a key, choose from effects like chorus, noise reduction, natural tone or tweak the mixer. You can either choose a beat from your storage or add it from the Voloco Beats section. Also, if you have a cat, I hope she uses the app too!
Get Voloco here.
I use Instagram to connect to friends but I also stumble upon a lot of new artists every day. While Instagram is not a musicians community, Rapchat lets you do that and connect with similar audiences and creators.
You start with getting yourself a Rap name which is randomly generated. The app has three basic tabs, first being the following tab where you can see the feed and activity of anyone you follow. Then there is features where you can listen to popular musicians and lastly a beats tab exclusively for producers and someone who’s just trying to find a beat. You can like, comment, share content and also follow hashtags.
In terms of producing you can download the backing tracks from the beat section and add a vocal track. There are also effects you can apply on your vocals like radio, chipmunk, cave, etc.
Get Rapchat here.
7. Rap Fame
Rap battles are a cult from Eminem to Immortal Technique, it’s a culture that has contributed to every rapper’s growth. But with technology, you don’t need to physically be present. With Rap Fame, it’s easy to battle using just your phone.
There are dedicated members who use it to battle but it’s equally easy to start even if you are a newbie. There is a hall of fame of the top battlers according to total matches and matches won. You can also follow fellow rappers and call specific people in a game.
The history is well recorded in a feed. In case you don’t want to participate but just listen, there is a section for the best battles as well. In terms of battles, you can choose an opponent your-self or let the app do it at random. You can either battle in audio or opt for video. There are tons of beats to choose from and you can also mark your favorites. You can listen to the backing-track any number of times and write the lyrics in the note-pad section in the same window. You can pause, preview and also add a second voice. In terms of added features, you can fix the latency manually, filter it with autotune and add reverb.
Get Rap Frame here.
All of these apps make a wholesome package for any rapper. From recording audio, producing beats, sharing tracks to freestyle rapping, the list has everything covered. You can also choose to install Rap Fame and Rapchat if you really want to grow and take rapping seriously. So, here were the best apps for aspiring rappers. I hope it helps!