3 Reasons I Made a Rap Song Then Let Other People Hear It

Screenshot from GarageBand

Reason #1: Because I fu*king can

This first one is incredibly straightforward. I’m fully capable of doing so. Why not? 😂

I know it seems like everybody and their mother “makes music” nowadays. However, there’s still a barrier between those who can and cannot. I just so happen to have the ability to create a kick-ass song.

There’s no shame in it.

It’s so easy to make sound at an ample level in the 21st century. We have amazing tools at our disposal — it only makes sense to utilize them.

I remember purchasing my iPad Pro and stumbling upon the GarageBand app. I was blown away by the application’s utility and depth… oh and it’s free. You could get it right now on your phone and start playing around.

You’ve got the tools, so make it happen. Easy as that.

Reason #2: I love hip-hop

It’s no secret hip-hop rules over popular culture. Hip-hop and rap surpassed rock (in terms of popularity) about a year ago.

I respect hip-hop. I don’t need to explain why I personally enjoy it, I just do. But I hate the stereotypes. As with any genre, hip-hop is not bound by anything. The climate of a song doesn’t require a certain level of profanity or overuse of locutions to qualify as “hip-hop.”

It’s just a category of sound, which I happen to like.

Reason #3: I’m not afraid

Take a step back with me: My friends and I have been “rapping” since middle school. I believe all kids write a rap, or a song, at some point in their childhood. Whether for a crush or for pure fun, it’s just something kids do.

Putting words together in a rhyme is completely common…However, sharing those words with others is a lot less common.

As I entered high school, this statement became evident. Rap became less about fun and more about image — the “social politics” kicked in.

Less people were willing to express themselves and goof off for fear of looking stupid in front of others. People began to look at it sort of like a sport: you had to be “good enough” to participate.

I never took to that line of thinking and I still don’t.

Why I’m not scared

I don’t look at rap as a sport. Rather, I see it as an art. It’s not about “you have to be this good, have this skill, and play by these rules in order to be good.” Forget that.

I see rap as another creative outlet; a way to express how I think and feel and see the world. I’m not embarrassed by all that. I don’t let the “what will others think of me?” panic set in (okay, I still don’t want my mom to hear some of the stuff I say, but still).

I don’t care if someone out there hates or thinks it’s stupid I made a song— I don’t put myself up against your standards anyway, bro.


Also incredibly funny

It’s hard to be nervous when you’re laughing on the inside.

In my situation, it’s highly amusing to “release a song” because 95% of the people who hear it won’t expect it whatsoever. I find that shock-factor kind of hilarious.

This guy did what?!

It’s a chance to catch someone off-guard. It’s an opportunity to show someone that perceptions suck and misguide you from what people truly think and feel.

Have a listen

Well, gee. I spent all this time rambling on about a song I made, it’s only right I let you all hear it too.

Have at it:

Cheers! 🤙

- AZ




Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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Alec Zaffiro

Alec Zaffiro

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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