Posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Will Hagle
RapPad is a site created specifically for rap lyricists to demonstrate their skills and battle head-to-head against one another.
Just as Rap Genius revolutionized lyrics site for hip-hop fans on the internet, Rap Pad is attempting to rewrite (pun-intended) the way lyrics are written and shared using tools available online. The site can be used to write lyrics for any genre, although it’s undoubtedly geared towards rappers and rap fans. There’s even a built-in syllable counter, rhyming dictionary and synonym finder for those struggling to come up with lines. True to hip-hop culture, there’s also a “Battles” section, where two artists/lyric writers go head to head in the war for lyrical supremacy. Just like a real live battle, both writers post lyrics, and the crowd decides who wins. Some of the battles are serious, the majority of them are funny, but all of them are fun to both browse and participate in. There’s even a “Battle Champion” board for the best, most popular users of the site.
One of the coolest elements of Rap Pad is a feature called “Blueprints.” Blueprints help users visualize their lyrics, revealing key statistics about a variety of factors such as rhyme density (the number of syllables that rhyme divided by the total number of syllables) and slang (the % of words that are not “machine readable”). The site also analyzes your use of profanity, nouns, adjectives, verbs and much more. These informative statistics help users restructure their lyrics. That may sound like cheating to hip-hop purists, but the service definitely helps push artists to be more creative an innovative. Overall, the site is a community of rap fans and aspiring rap artists, trying to create something new and exciting while giving each other feedback on their own work (or just battling them!). Fans of hip-hop and music in general should definitely browse and/or contribute to the site.