Hi Trent...

The art of rap... ummm

When my Helen was in hospital, I had time alone at home, and decided to have a go at doing a hip-hop /rap song, (the lyrics only) as that is what I do.

So I spent many many hours on the net, researching the structure of rap lyrics and how they are put together from a rhyming POV.

Like you I was never a fan of hip-pop or rap, and thought that it was just spoken words that had no cohesion.

How wrong I was...lol

Having written many song lyrics over the years to different rhyming schemes, I was surprised to discover how complex rhyming schemes in rap and hip-pop can be.

As an example, a verse from mine and Jackie's Christmas song, followed by the chorus, showing my typical rhyming schemes.

verse where the last words of the lines rhyme.. in pairs

An old man on a bench, smiles at passers-by
Christmas spirit warms his heart, puts a sparkle in his eye
The snow is falling now, his son comes into sight
Sits down beside his dad, to welcome in Christmas night

chorus where all the last words rhyme...

The Magic of Christmas is a wonderful thing
Remembering the past, and the birth of a king
It's not just the gifts, tied with ribbon and string
It's family and friends and all the joy they bring
The Magic of Christmas is a wonderful thing

and a verse from the fireman, having a different scheme, but still the last words of line 2 and line 3 only need to rhyme.

His favorite toy, was a fire truck
And he knew what he wanted to be
Said mum, when I'm a man
I'll fight fires, and set people free..

Now to the hip-pop /rap rhyming schemes.

Not only do they usually have lines that rhyme with other lines, but also rhymes within lines.

verse 1 with rhymes in lines and rhymes of lines..

Sleeping in their bed, was the spider with her web
Who plied a twisted thread, that got inside his head
Looked so sweet laying there, indiscreet, she didn't care
He'd just became aware, she'd had a love affair

verse 2 with rhymes in lines and rhymes of lines..

He was out of his zone, as he left on his own
To sleep on concrete and stone, the street his new home
Was a man to avoid, his world was a void
Became unemployed, his ambition destroyed

and the rap verse in the song..

Life in a cell four by six, was a world of conflicts
Saw some give out kicks, while others joined or made cliques
He would never comply, or see eye to eye
So the years didn't fly, was a sad, lonely guy

I did find it so much harder to write the double rhyme lines, but as an excersize thought it was fun... tough but fun.

anyway, just thought that I would mention this, if anyone is interested.

here is the finished song.


God Bless Roy and Helen

Last edited by Roy Cooper; 03/16/17 07:12 AM.

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