How Logic The Rapper Writes His Songs (Writing Rap Lyrics Creative Process)



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In today’s article we’re going to learn a bit about the writing rap lyrics creative process by breaking down how Logic the rapper writes his rhymes.

This article is intended to both help give you a window into the writing rap lyrics creative process as a writer and prospective rapper yourself…

Or someone who is just a fan of Logic the rapper and would like to get some more in-depth info on how he likely creates his music.

As somebody who’s coached rappers full-time for over five years now, I believe that the insights we can pull from interviews and videos of Logic on his creative process can be of value to every fan of Hip-hop from artist to fan themselves.

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Writing Tools
Now, we have seen several videos of Logic in the studio reading his rhymes from a smartphone, so it’s safe to assume that his go-to method of writing rhymes.

This may be simply due to his age, as many artists under the age of 30 grew up writing rhymes on devices with screens whether that be a phone or a laptop.

The advantage with writing on a phone as opposed to handwritten is that you can edit your vocabulary on the fly, even while standing in the studio recording the verse mid-take…

Which would likely be useful for a syllable heavy artist such as Logic who is consistently stacking many words “back to back to back” as he might say…

…And you can write rhymes pretty much anytime you think of them, even down to while you’re chilling on the toilet or waiting for an elevator to come down to your floor.

On the other hand, when you write on a mobile phone at times your brain moves faster than your fingers and you may lyrically not be as sharp or poetic as you’d like…

Or, you may feel like you’re out of touch with the classic Hip-Hop vibe of having a “book of rhymes” as Nas once named a song.

Logic himself has echoed this sentiment by mentioning as recently as late June of this year, 2019… that he is experimenting with physically handwriting his rhymes again:

“What I am doing for the time in 16 years, is I am writing all my raps down for the first time in a long time…I’m excited and there is something that is so different about writing on paper, you know what I mean?”

BobbysWorld YouTube Channel, June 26th 2019

Delivering What You’ve Written
In February 2018, Logic released a video of himself recording the track “44 More” while seemingly in a makeshift studio on tour.

If you’re interested in learning the writing rap lyrics creative process of Logic, this video is a goldmine.

The first thing to take away from the video is that while he probably has the vast majority of the lyrics and flow written down or at least “conceptualized in his head”…

He is actively directing people in the studio to rearrange some of the drum drops to correlate with the lyrics he’s dropping.

Additionally, he is constantly rehearsing the bars he is about to spit while pacing around in the room before performing the final take.

If you are an up-and-coming artist who’s stressed over the fact that you might not get your delivery perfect on the first few tries, or even after you’ve fully written it’s not sounding “SUPER ILL” in your mind…

…This video can help you to show that successful rappers constantly rehearse their rhymes even while in the “booth” before a final take…

Similarly, Logic performs what is known as a “punch-in” in this video.

The definition of a “punch-in” (which we’ll keep very basic for the purpose of this video) is where a rapper, rather than performing the ENTIRE verse all the way through in one take (or on one vocal track)…

…The rapper rather does sections of the rap at two, four, or even eight bars at a time…

…And then cuts together the best versions of those sections onto one long vocal take to make it sound clean as if it was all done at once.

A simple analogy might be how they shoot movies, where they shoot multiple “takes” of a scene and then they choose the best one when editing… put it together with the rest of the movie… and the final product is a seamless timeline to tell the story.

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46 comments

  1. Kinda funny iam under the age of 30 and i write on paper. 🔥🔥🔥📝📝 great vid

  2. If i write by and i like to transfer it to my phone too so i cant lose t with evernote and think its easier to read in the booth
    And favorite Logic song is under pressure

  3. Do one on how J Cole writes his songs!!!

  4. Homicide by Logic ft Eminem and Chris D’elia

  5. You da man drew thank you for all the help

  6. My favorite track by logic is 44 more. That how I first heard him on madden or live i was like this dude got BARS

  7. I switch back and forth between paper and typing. If I write on paper, I transfer it to my phone before I record. I’m starting to lean towards starting my bars on paper. When I use the notepad on the phone, I have one that has a black background and white letters. You can stare at it way longer.

  8. Nobody cares about heavy bars anymore unless it's wanted by the listener

  9. You should do Tory lanes cuz he works on melodies and does sessions on ig live where he goes thru his process

  10. please do how to rap like big sean

  11. get a Samsung note, write your rhymes on the phone and then extract it into text. best of both worlds *mind blown

  12. The L O G I C, the incredible true story is my fav bobby album

  13. he probably writes his on his phone so he can quickly hit the suggestive text suggesting the words "bi-racial" on every single song.

  14. Hard to choose a favorite song by logic but, one I’ve been bumping lately is Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

  15. Break his lyrics down. He has so many fillers in so many of his verses

  16. I’m always watching your videos before I found out your name was Drew I was like professor rap guy. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 thank you for this free advice and te putting me and these other people on game.

  17. Logic fell off hard on COADM. I wanna write like old Logic not new Logic

  18. you should do da baby. also a boogie wit the hoodie

  19. Me to a fake friend:

    Change the next line to present tense instantly,
    Someday your true friend will leave you in the face of adversity.
    Sick of you doing all this melo drama,
    Lets yell 'i hate you' and let the judge be karma.
    Listen to the sound of my feelings spilled through the nib of this pen,
    False were the stories of us being a family again.

    Can you give me some tips on improving bro? Like shall i make the lines shorter or something like that?

  20. I know he have passed, but can you do a vid over Mac Miller style of writing? One of my favs! & his wordplay is very unique

    RIP X2 MAC🐐✨

  21. My favorite logic track is easy Lord Willin. Such a dope track

  22. Can you please make a video how to rap like B Young

  23. Can you help me? When I freestyle, I always end up repeating the same phrase or I’ll run in circles around the same spot/topic, how can I keep myself from drowning in the same words over and over? Also if anyone has tips for making a badass hook I’m all ears! Thanks brothas one love

  24. I've heard about punch ins but I wasn't sure if pro rappers regularly did it. This made me feel so much more confident!

  25. I always love these detailed analysis videos. You should do ones about more veteran rappers like Method Man and Red Man. Those would be great.

  26. i just feel like editing is easier, performing is easier, and you can get your ideas down quicker. facts

  27. a sick vid, DREW, you da man.

  28. Best logic song homicide ft eminem

  29. I’ll write and type it. So I can have a hard copy, plus I write sloppy and I don’t even know what I be saying lol

  30. A can only write about street shit
    It’s harder than it looks

  31. i did. most of my shit by hand,on paper. i’m 15. all of my shit that’s in my phone is when i’m in a spot where i can’t write it,or it’s the refined version of it

  32. If there are any rappers on this comment section, please reply to this comment, I'm a rap lyricist, I could write great rap lyrics for you for really low prices or for just the work experience

  33. Stacking syllables back to back to back lmfao

  34. Thought this was Dallas Austin

  35. @ 7:04 he literally had a on beat sentence/rap and it started swing too lol 😂. Tell me someone else see this tooo

  36. I prefer writing on my computer, but gotta use my phone when I’m on the go.

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