Barsoni95Queens rapper Grafh freestyles on Bars On I-95. However, now, I'm not sure if this assessment was totally true: For the past week, I haven't practiced freestyling much tethered to a word list, and returning to it today (first, in the morning with , and then later with ), I found it to be more challenging than I remember.
However, they do share one quality — they all end with the same vowel-sound (of the letter i). Because this vowel-sound is the same as the sound Barsoni95 in the word it”, these two-syllable and three-syllable rhymes can be reduced down to one-syllable and two-syllable rhymes respectively.
Tonight, I had a group of friends over to hang out, and eventually the conversation found its way to freestyle rapping. This is a fairly extreme example, but, the more and more I practice freestyling, the more I realize that basically any two words can rhyme with the right pronunciation.
Grafh was known for his unbridled personality and graphic wordplay, which prompted some to call him the black Eminem , but those qualities are reflections of his past. During each session, I turned on an instrumental track, generated 50 random words (via ), and started freestyling, incorporating the words into my freestyle.
Over the past week, I've almost exclusively practiced freestyling with the help of a random word generator. This is how I feel about my freestyle rapping, except it's only been 27 days. Since this month's challenge is ultimately an artistic, subjective challenge anyway, my objective was more about finding my personal style, the confidence, and the competence to express myself via freestyle rap in a way I could get excited about.
In other words, I should aim to land each line on a rhyme, but this isn't an absolute requirement. Still, it is amusing to realize that, during this entire freestyle rapping challenge, I only first listened to another artist perform with two days left in the month.
Today, I wanted to continue my use of constraints as a mechanism for creating more diverse freestyles, and, to do this, I turned to the board game Apples to Apples, incorporating the random phrases of the cards into my practice. In other words, even though my freestyling is getting better, my persona as a freestyle rapper is certainly not.
Typically, to effectively deliver a punchline, the desired punchline (and specifically, the last word of punchline) is determined, then a rhyme for that last word is selected and used in the set-up. As a result, I've been exposed to a much wider range of words, allowing me to find broader patterns in the English language that I can exploit during my freestyles ( like this one ).
3. Finally, start rapping, incorporating each of the five words into the freestyle. While there are likely exceptions, the best freestyle rappers are usually prolific writers of rhymes. In particular, I picked a high-tempo beat (well, actually, it's fairly slow, but I rap it double time) and used my own site, , as the source of random words.
In fact, I can imagine, in an alternate universe, using other people's music as a major component to my freestyle training — especially since, compared to actually freestyling, listening to music is such a passive, mobile activity and more comfortably indulged in out in public.