Becoming a rapper takes a lot of hard work, and to be as good as Nicki Minaj will require some extra work. However, there is a way for you to learn to study Nicki's style, improve your basic rhyming skills, and learn to rap like her.
Part 1 of 3: Learn Nicki's Style
Step 1. Listen to a lot of Nicki songs
You want to learn to rap like Nicki Minaj. The first step is easy. Listen to his music as if it would make you money. Make a habit of listening to Nicki's rap and rhyme like it's your job. Study his new songs, old hits, and best appearances on songs by other artists.
- Nicki's three albums are:
- Pink friday
- Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
- The Pinkprint
- Nicki's official mixtape includes:
- Beam Me Up Scotty
- Playtime is over
- Sucka Free
Step 2. Listen to those who inspired Nicki
If you want to learn more about how Nicki Minaj established her singing style, it is good to listen to the same artists as her. If you are a big fan, you owe it to yourself to know who her favorite artists are, as well as other things that concern her. She even had a few run-ins on Twitter with a few of these people, who she has so much in common with. Nicki has been mostly influenced by the following rappers and pop artists:
- Lil kim
- Missy Elliot
- Janet Jackson
- Lil wayne
- Cyndi lauper
Step 3. Study Nicki's words
The most important thing to rap like Nicki Minaj is to study her lyrics to see how she matches them. Listen to her words, as well as what she is saying. Learn the style she uses for her best rhymes.
- Memorize some of Nicki's best verses. Before you start rapping your own rhymes or songs using Nicki Minaj's style, it's a good idea that you fully memorize her favorite verses, so you can see how she matches them. Copy them in your journal or on your phone and keep them with you when you go out.
- You can go to RapGenius to find the lyrics for most of Nicki's songs or search for lyrics sheets in her physical albums.
Step 4. Start rapping to Nicki's songs
As you start to learn the lyrics more and more, lock yourself in your room and start rapping along with the Pink Queen. As you play the songs, reproduce the way Nicki sings, keeping as much in sync to the beat as possible. Keep up the pace.
Also try rapping his songs to capella (without music), once you get to the beat of the song. Try as much as possible to keep the pace and not to lose track of Nicki's flow
Part 2 of 3: Rapper like Nicki Minaj
Step 1. Look for an oddly high-pitched voice
One of the unique aspects of Nicki Minaj's rap style is her high-pitched, cutesy voice that she uses to highlight parts of her songs. Her entire personality swings between sentimentality and aggression and her voice is a big part of it.
- Rap in your normal voice. Then pinch your throat and tuck your tongue down your throat, moving your jaw up and down like a ventriloquist doll. Nicki often does this to get that kind of sound.
- She also does a sort of Sorority Girl vocal fry in some of her sounds, for a comedic effect. For good examples of this voice, listen to sounds like “Itty Bitty Piggy” from one of his mixtapes.
Step 2. Look for a loud, low voice
Like her mentor Lil Wayne who has multiple voices, Nicki also has a whole range of them, including a sudden and funny growl like that of Macaron the Glutton.
Sometimes, while performing live, Nicki starts talking nonsense and singing gibberish, which is pretty good to listen to on the beat. Check out some of these clips where she sings "Starships" live on the Today Show, so you can get a good example of her vocal style
Step 3. Have a loud voice
Nicki has a strong voice, so don't try to rap like her if you want to get on the mic and rap smoothly. Work on your roar and rap with a lot of confidence in both your voice and your rhymes. Dropping the beat or missing a word is less important than using a loud voice and being aggressive at the microphone.
As you rap, alternate sharply and suddenly between your two voices. One of the reasons Nicki uses this funny, loud voice like Macaron the Gluttonous is to show that she doesn't care about your opinion and will throw it in your face anyway
Step 4. Emphasize the consonants
Another style of voice that Nicki Minaj includes in most of her rap sounds is a strong, beat-following accent she puts on the consonants of the words she uses, as if she's trying to stick the words into the ground.. It's a pretty loud beat that she uses on sounds like "I Don't Give A" that make her rhymes stand out. Listen to the following sounds for a good example of its accents.
- "Make Me Proud" w / Drake
- "Up All Night" w / Drake
- "Beam Me Up Scotty"
Step 5. Don't be afraid to rap without the beat
Nicki Minaj often drops the beat to start talking or growling or saying nonsense with a funny voice. It is one of the most exceptional aspects of his personality and one of the reasons people love his music. If you are an aspiring rapper who makes her own sounds, don't be afraid to completely forget the rhythm as well as the instrumental to say nonsense. It's all about the heart.
For good examples of this, check out some YouTube videos of Nicki performing her songs. This is something she does more often live than in recording
Step 6. Be Confident
You don't have to listen to many of Nicki's sounds before you know her main goal, which is to be the best rapper ever. Nicki loves to rap about her excellence on the mic and in bed. It is also all this boasting that makes us laugh and makes us love his sounds.
Don't be afraid to compare yourself to other women when it comes to your rhymes. It happens very often that Nicki does a featuring (concert) with rappers who are a little weird for their sounds. It's a common fact in most hip-hop songs and Nicki does it as well as the best of them all. Don't be afraid to talk nonsense
Step 7. Do lots of comparisons and puns
Like her Young Money sidekick, Lil Wayne, Nicki raps using a lot of comparisons, which are statements of comparisons with words like "like" or "as." Word games, for example, are uses of expression in a way that they have more than one meaning. A lot of rappers use both of these methods, but she's a pro.
- Here is a good comparison example: "I come through, it gets hotter than a soup kitchen / Leave clips in your head like a beautician".
- Here is a good example of a "You couldn't get a fan if it was hanging from the ceiling" word game.
Part 3 of 3: Improve Your Nicki Style Rap
Step 1. Rap all the time
Nicki Minaj didn't reach where she is overnight and didn't just rely on her physique. She reached this level through hard work, capturing the audience's attention at the microphone. If you want to rap like her, you have to learn the craft, dedicate yourself to hip-hop, and rap all the time.
- Put your favorite Nicki songs on your iPod or phone and walk around listening to them and rapping in silence. When you get home, cut the song off and try rapping on your own. Practice until you are successful.
- Try to find a place where you can practice rhyming quietly, so you can focus on improving yourself. You might be in a rush to show it off to your friends, but first take the time to make sure you're really good and talented. Thus, they will all be amazed.
Step 2. Try to rap with a beat
Rap isn't all about rhyming words. To be a good rapper, you have to find the flow that goes with each beat and coordinate your rap accordingly. Even if you write great lyrics and seem as perfect as Nicki, being a rapper like her is impossible without flow.
A good way to learn about the flow is to listen to rap songs from other artists in free mixtape or on YouTube. Listen to Nicki's freestyle on her teammate Lil Wayne's “A Milli” sound to see how her flow differs from hers
Step 3. Keep a rhyme journal
To keep your rhymes organized, create a rhyme journal where you can keep your rhymes and good verses, then start building your Nicki songs.
- If you don't feel like carrying around a big newspaper all the time, use a phone or other mobile device to keep your rhymes. Write them down clearly, so you don't get lost again and wonder where those rhymes you wrote the last time could have gone.
- Even if you think you're a freestyle rapper, it's good to stick to your best rhymes and keep working on them. It doesn't make you worse, but more cunning.
Step 4. Start writing a set of rhymes
If you want to become a rapper, this is an essential way to start writing a rhyme set, eventually having the ability to freestyle. Many rappers in their apprenticeship keep a list of rhymes with good endings or interesting punch lines (key phrases) to insert into their rap.
Have a rhyming dictionary or use rhyming dictionary websites to find the ones that will help you do a better job and have more options
Step 5. Try to write at least three rhymes a day
It is important to seek to evolve and to try again. If you want to improve yourself and start rapping like Nicki, set a three rhyme writing plan every day, which makes about six rap lines. Keep that momentum as long as possible and you'll have a new worm every weekend. It doesn't take more than half an hour or more than an hour every day.