Last week we saw “It G Ma” resurface on the internet across the globe again, this time featuring A​$​AP Ferg, Father, Waka Flocka Flame & Dumbfoundead.  But this post isn’t about the track itself, it’s about the key elements a rap song today would consist of and “It G Ma” has almost covered all bases.  Here’s a few key sounds I’ve picked out from popular tracks of Drake, Kendrick Lamar and various other heavy weight hip hop artists.

1. Gunshots

It’s quite common to have gunshots, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar and Drake have some form of it.  Be it actual sound effects or verbally, it adds the ‘Compton battlefield’ vibe.  Most commonly used in songs that describe the hustle of being a ‘real’ gangster.


Everyone knows what I’m talking about here.  It’s almost mandatory for a dirty rap song to have the word ‘scurrrrt’ thrown in left, right and centre!  Scurrrt Scurrt!

3. Brash ‘Garden Sprinkler’ Hi-Hat Ticking Beats

Speed up the sound of a garden sprinkler, especially the last 2 seconds of the video.  Now compare it to the ticking hi-hat beat in Kendrick’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)”.

This beat is commonly used in most of Drake’s tracks, sorry if from now on all you can think of are sprinklers in all his tracks.

4. Jamaican Man

No, it’s not the ‘Coco Man’, relax.  But lately doesn’t it seem like everyone’s jumping on the Jamaican bandwagon?

5. Police Sirens

To be a real thug, you got to be able to deal with the heat that’s around the corner in 20 seconds flat.

Guys of course we are kidding here!  At the end of the day the lyrics, the story, the beat; the vibe and the flow make up the best hip hop tracks.  If you want to be a ‘motherf**king legend’ when you die then you pour your heart out on that track.