1. Improve your enunciation
The Lady of Rage: That was just something that I practiced. I wanted to enunciate and I wanted to be heard clearly, so when I’m practicing it, I just say it over and over. That’s something that I take pride in, and I understand that can go a long way, a bigger delivery. I’m a perfectionist—I do it over and over and over until I get it right, until it sounds right to me.
2. Project your voice to make it sound stronger
Esoteric: This definitely makes a difference, because the louder you project your voice, the more it changes in sound and delivery. The volume can always be raised after the recording, but the pitch and style are shaped by the way you initially deliver the rhyme.
3. Do punch-ins
Gift of Gab, Blackalicious: You can nail four lines exactly like you wanted to and it’s like, “OK, well, these other lines could be better compared to these other four lines,” so you go back. I like doing it like that because I like to be able to focus on four bars or eight bars at a time and then making sure that I got those eight bars out exactly like I wanted them, and then move on.