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How to write a rap song these days

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on March 5, 2013

0:00-1:00: Name all the artists collaborating with you in the song. What sets you apart from other rappers is the you pronounce these names.

Chorus: Tell a fictional girl how badly you want to “do” her and how lucky she would be to let that happen.

1:15-1:45 : Bless the listeners by sharing which neighborhood you belong to, which country you come from, which country your mother and father, brothers and sisters come from (even though in reality they all hold US Passports!)

Chorus: Tell a fictional girl how badly you want to “do” her and how lucky she would be to let that happen.

2:00-2:30 : Glorify suffering, infact glamorize it. Narrate your struggles in life, the drugs, the abuse, the thugs, the gangsta neighborhood you grew up in, the bullets you dodged, the cops you beat up, how many times you’ve been out on bail. (even though in reality you were just another kid growing up in a wonderful family in quiet Farmington!)

Chorus: Tell a fictional girl how badly you want to “do” her and how lucky she would be to let that happen.

2:45-3:15 : Disclose your assets (imaginary as of now, but ones you will actually own once you sell this song)..the blings, the rocks, the bentleys, ferraris etc. Name your enemies and how you plan to kill them, make it sound more like an execution.

Chorus: Tell a fictional girl how badly you want to “do” her and how lucky she would be to let that happen.

3:30-4:00  : End by again naming all the artists that joined you in this song (those poor souls will never be heard of again), and make the listener feel blessed that he has by now memorized every word of your BS!

That’s it. I’m done.

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RIP Rap

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Limp Sunday

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on February 17, 2013

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I know I’m happy when I spend my Sunday listening to this

this

and this

and knowing that the German Translation of my essay “You Can Be a Buddha Too: Of Desires and Wants” was read by more than 500 online buyers in January 🙂 You can find it here.

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When East meets West, Beauty unfolds.

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 11, 2012

Inter-mixing produces the most beautiful results, is a hypothesis that I do not yet consider a universal truth. But in case of music and other arts, it sure does hold true.

In philosophy, a society based on political philosophies of the west and spiritual explorations of the east would be a utopian state. A protest led by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King would be irrepressible.

I especially love the union of western and eastern music, the sitar being accompanied by a bass guitar or Vedic hymns being sung to western beats. “Govinda” by Kula Shaker remains one of my favorite compositions in this genre. The chanting of the mantra accompanied by the strong background music elevates the listener to a higher dimension. Listen and enjoy!

 

Would love to hear of other examples where fusion has created magic.

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Gangsta Rap had a Soul too: Of Rappers and Philosophy

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on August 22, 2012

“…Death ain’t nothing but a heartbeat away, I’m living life, do or die, what can I say
I’m 23 now, but will I live to see 24, The way things are going I don’t know…”

Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise

The song won a Grammy, but this line from Gangsta’s Paradise is as deep as it can get. “Death ain’t nothing but a heartbeat away..”, if every person accepts this truth and lives by it, Kingdom of Heaven will manifest itself right here and right now. Enjoy every moment because it could be your last. Make every second count, before time runs out.

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“…Life is a b***h and then you die, still trying to get a piece of the apple pie…”

Coolio, Fantastic Voyage

Another great metaphorical illustration of the futility of blindly fulfilling one’s greed. The apple pie represents bliss which resides within us. However, our lives are spent seeking it without, an eternally doomed endeavor.

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“…Bury me smilin’, with G’s in my pocket
have a party at my funeral, let every rapper rock it…”

Tupac, Life Goes On

Am I the only one who wants to go away smiling? Live a life so fulfilled that your journey to the other side is celebrated and not mourned.

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“My only fear of death is coming back, reincarnated”

– Tupac, Only fear of Death

Reminds me of my post Why I don’t want to believe in Rebirth

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“There are no words that can express how I feel, You never kept a secret, always stayed real
And I appreciate, how you raised me, And all the extra love that you gave me
I wish I could take the pain away, If you can make it through the night there’s a brighter day
Everything will be alright if ya hold on, It’s a struggle everyday, gotta roll on
And there’s no way I can pay you back,But my plan is to show you that I understand You are
appreciated.

Tupac, Dear Mama

I haven’t come across a more touching verse to express gratitude to one’s mom. There is absolutely no way you can pay your parents back for all that they have done for you. The only thing that you can and must do is tell them you are grateful for it. It means the world to them.

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