Rap has a rich and varied history that has influenced culture for over 40 years. I’m inspired by the art form and the culture, and while I work at Facebook, I’m also a hip-hop songwriter and ghostwriter under the alias “D-Lucks.” I know access to high-priced recording studios and production equipment can be limited for aspiring rappers. On top of that, the global pandemic shut down live performances where we often create and share our work. So, along with a group of aspiring rappers, we’ve been building BARS: a place for aspiring rappers to create and share their art.
Today, BARS drops in the US App Store. Join the small community helping us build this by downloading the app, and joining the waitlist to try our closed beta test.
Meet the BARS community
Erica aka @Bliss: The final product on the BARS app sounds like you went to a studio and recorded it. I just create for myself, but hearing my creations sound good, and the positive feedback from other people makes me feel like, “Hey maybe I can really create a good song and put it out there and people will like it!”
Rob aka @Tymbre:
I was in the hospital with kidney issues and cancer over the past few years and had some of my darkest moments. Rapping has helped a lot in dealing with the emotional aftermath. I think I was put here to raise awareness and advocate for those who cannot do it for themselves. The BARS app has helped me a lot with confidence and cadence as well as my songwriting skills.
Joe aka @joeayinde:
I like BARS because as a rapper, I finally have an app to use that represents the art form well and allows for me to express myself in a natural way. Every feature on the app is catered to the emcee experience; from the wide selection of instrumentals, to being able to see your rhymes on screen. The BARS app is great for practicing the art, perfecting your craft and sharing with a community that values the genre of rap.
Shamarah aka @Harmonyzer:
BARS creates a way for us to keep doing what we like, rapping, and share a lot more easily. It’s timely during quarantine, it makes it so easy to practice. I was in a freestyle rapping competition and I used BARS heavily to practice for it. It makes it really accessible and at your fingertips to keep doing the craft and share it if you want to.
Jai-Yun aka @j.yun:
I love rapping on BARS because I don’t have to do anything but write and record my raps. I don’t have to go look for a beat, they’re all right there. Everything is in one place! I enjoy rapping as a hobby and this app is perfect for me to get my fix without having to spend a ton of time and money creating something great. The community on BARS is unique because everyone there is also an aspiring rapper and wants to hear your flows. Usually, people don’t go out of their way to listen to you rap unless you’re established. This app has a supportive community that has helped me feel more confident and grow as an artist.
How BARS works
BARS makes it easy to create and share raps, so rappers can focus on and experiment with the content, rather than investing heavily in equipment and production.
Record Over a Beat: Freestyle or Studio
Audio production tools can be complicated, expensive and difficult to use. With BARS, you can select one of our professionally-created beats, write lyrics and record yourself dropping bars. BARS auto-suggests rhymes as you’re writing to keep your flow going. You can also jump into Challenge mode and freestyle with auto-suggested word cues. Choose from a variety of audio and visual filters to take your creations to the next level.
No formal rap experience required — you can create something great whether you’ve just thought of a dope couplet or have been freestyling for years.
To get access, sign up for our waitlist in the app. We’ll be opening up invites in batches, starting with folks in the US, as we continue to improve the experience. You can stay up to date on invites and all things BARS on Instagram.
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