Mixing Vocals with Music

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Vocal Techniques

Since there are so many styles of rapping, it takes some skill to know how to match vocal styles with your grooves. Sometimes the contrast of an aggressive street vocal over a symphonic melody can have a great effect. However, a soft rap over tough and dark beats may not work. Contrasts have to be chosen carefully.

The MC’s vocal timing can have a major impact on your track. Since hip-hop is all about performance, get your vocalist to improvise their rhymes over your beats. You can encourage their performance by including a few percussion drops and edits in the beat. Also try dropping elements and putting them back in as the MC rhymes. Any MC worth their salt will use the edits as an opportunity to emphasize clever lyrics and flourishes.