Coming up with Hooks

I've been working on this project forever and I can come up with tons of verses but when it comes to writing the hook I always get stuck and find myself coming up with more verse-material. Seems to be a re-occurring problem for me so I was wondering if anyone could provide any ideas on how they come up with their hooks
 
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Aeternitas

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If all else fails, just make the hook about either:
- Money
- Drugs
- Guns
- Cars
- Jewels
- Hoes

If all else fails, incorporate ALL those ideas together...

Heheh...
 

PAPeR

Fresh Air
Don't write a chorus then. Half the time I just record something off the top of my head for the chorus. I mean, it works for me
 

toodope47

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I just go back in stuff ive written before and find my favorite lines, then try to make a catchy hook out of them
 

hcgaron

Active member
Hook Material

I'm not sure if this will help but just wanted to provide my two cents.

A hook should be something memorable, and catchy (obviously) since it's often times in the title of the song and sums up the idea of the song. Try using a phrase or expression as a part of, or as the full hook. Everyday common phrases are good, but run the risk of being a bit too cliche. On the other hand, hooks that are too esoteric or obscure run the risk of not being understood by the audience.

To get started, I would give these three bits of advice:

1) Try writing your hook FIRST. This will inform you for what the rest of your song is about. Since it sounds like you have a much easier time coming up with verse material, it may be helpful to write the hook before you establish your verses. This will also help to keep your verses focused and on point, so that the hook (the most important part of your song) is being supported by your verses rather than sounding like an afterthought.

2) Try looking through outside material (newspapers, magazines, online articles, blogs, etc...) for phrases or words that catch your attention. When you see a phrase try using it to write a hook - put a melody or a fragment of a melody to the phrase you found. If the phrase seems to suggest a certain rhythmic feel start by using that to place the phrase in a musical context.

3) Don't force it. Only use phrases that speak to you and your inspiration. The great thing about this exercise is that you can give the same article to ten different people and they will likely come up with ten different hooks... so trust your instincts and use what comes naturally!

I hope that this helps. Best of luck to you!

-Hans
 

Dj Dr. Sholes

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I completely feel you with this, man. I've found that it's the hardest part of writing and what's helped me is just listening to the beat on repeat a lot and they just start coming to you piece by piece. Good luck, man.
 
I personally had/have the same problem but writing hooks is becoming way easier for me. I just write my verse and when I know I've got that first verse I analyze what its about. Then I make the hook how I feel about that subject or the main thing I have to say about that. Then I write the rest of the song with that subject in mind. It really helps me get more into what I have to say as the song continues. Its like I go from just writing a song to talking about what was on my mind when I wrote that first verse and it puts emotion into it because it turns into getting something up off my chest.The last thing I ever give a song is a title
 
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