Immortal Technique drops some advice during his interview for the first “How To Rap” book…
1. Do your research
Immortal Technique: How much you research depends on what the song is about. If it’s about your personal life experience, then really the research you have to do is within yourself, and that’s something that’s probably already going on internally. If it’s about a specific subject matter, I’ve usually done the footwork beforehand.
2. Don’t be afraid to be yourself
Immortal Technique: Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Everything about me is me. I don’t play a character when I get on stage.
3. Don’t worry if a song takes a long time to write, as it differs from song to song
Immortal Technique: “Bin Laden” took me a night, an evening of writing that, and then a song like “You Never Know” took me over the course of like three years, because it was a progression in my life. “Dance with the Devil” took a couple of months, “Caught in the Hustle” took an afternoon—it just really varies.