“I Don’t Just Write Music”, Blockbaby Mulaa Explains His Music Writing Process

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One way that musicians know that their songs are working is if they touch the audience on an emotional level. Normally, as a song progresses from beginning to end, its emotional appeal tends to ebb, and flows naturally, especially if it was created eloquently. Lyrics play an important role in achieving the ideal sense of emotional ups and downs. The emotions audiences feel when they hear their favorite songs range from joy, happiness, nostalgia to elation, possibility and hope. If you are a songwriter then you’ve almost felt these feelings and more, especially during the song writing process. It is imperative for an artist to recognize these emotions and energy as they create a new song.

Blockbaby Mulaa is a recording artist who has focused his efforts in creating trap and R&B songs. He tries to exemplify an authentic vibe while singing, and this is one of the things that his fans appreciate. For more than a decade, Blockbaby Mulaa has been perfecting his art and liaising with other prominent personalities in the entertainment industry, people who have actively sharpened his skills. One of the things that he has been working on is how to contain his emotions during the music writing stage.

Back in the 90s, it was common for rappers to simply write songs out of frustrations or experiences they have encountered. It was important for them to be blunt, and real as much as they could. The fans appreciated this because it connected them with the musician- they got to understand what made them exist as human beings. While this might still be happening, modern-day artists like Blockbaby Mulaa prefer a safer approach to convey what they feel prior to writing a song. This comes in light of increased scrutiny by both fans and critics who assess for cues that can distort a creative’s reputation. 

Blockbaby Mulaa just doesn’t write music, he goes in and off his emotions while recognizing the energy that comes off any activity he is perpetuating. Unlike most musicians, Blockbaby Mulaa always has a physical journal with him while in the studio. It is in this book that he writes about situations and scenarios that have elicited a particular emotion from him. Through journaling, he has managed to separate those strong emotions that would other keep him off track from real tasks such as song writing. This does not mean his music is emotion-free; instead, this is an effective way that works for him when it comes to controlling the kind of emotion that comes off his music.

There are neglected processes of songwriting that many artists are unfamiliar with. Blockbaby Mulaa has identified intricate aspects that would have prevented him from having a clear mind during the song writing process- and conceptualized a solution that works for him.

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