The importance of internal rhyme continues to be shown in @itsmefrankc’s Rhyme Technique chart. 👉🏾For example, in one line of “Nigga Like Me” he writes, “…Blame it on LUCIFA, u just REBUKE HIM bye…”. 📝📝📝 Now, what you see is a perfect example of a slanted internal rhyme. It’s a slant rhyme because “Lucifa” doesn’t quite rhyme with “Rebuke him” (though they have the same number of syllables), and it’s an internal rhyme because a word in the middle of the line (Lucifa) has been made to rhyme with compounded words at the end of the line (rebuke him). 📈 @RapSeminar has seen all kinds of internal rhymes schemes, and some emcees can get extremely complex and precise with it, by for example, adding double, or sometimes even triple internal rhymes depending on the landscape of the beat and meter of the bars. 📝📝📝One dope way to plan this out ahead of time is by creating a fill in the blank for yourself for each possible bar. It would look something like this: ________ (rhyming word)_______ (no rhyme)______(rhyming word)_______ (rhyming word)______(no rhyme)______(rhyming word). Planning your words and rhymes in this way will make what you are doing more mathamatical, and will help you create intentional internal rhyming patterns💎💎💎 Salute, @itsmefrankc 💪🏾Y’all stay tuned for more, and please chime in below if you want to add on! 🏆
Peace, y’all! What can be said about @RocMarci that hasn’t already been said?! At the end of the day, he’s one of the most hardworking in the game, and as evidence of his work ethic, there are three astronomical albums that he’s dropped in 2018 alone. If you somehow live under a rock, and don’t know who Roc Marciano is peep all three of the following joints ASAP: RR2: The Bitter Dose, Behold a Dark Horse, and Kaos. These albums are creative, grimy, and fly all at the same time. 👉🏾For our @RapSeminar Roc Marci series, we take a look at the second verse off of “Aunt Bonnie,” one of the standout tracks from his Kaos collaboration with Grandmaster producer, @djmuggs. In this particular verse, the majority of his rhymes are Full Rhymes, but the dopest thing in our opinion is that his choice of rhyming words are super unique, creative, and unexpected. For example, he rhymes “dance moves” with “lampoon,” and “maroon” with “ballon.” He rhymes, “crack your top” with “apricot,” but by far our favorite couplet in the song is where he says, “They gentrified the game / That's when the God came in Cartier frames.” 📝 It’s perhaps the unexpected nature of his rhymes and word choices that make him stand out from other emcees. 📝 If you want your listeners to laugh out loud, or cry, or be shocked, or moved in anyway, you must hit them with unexpected wordplay, and try rhyming with imagistic words, instead of rhyming with prepositions, or words that carry no possibility of visual stimulation. On that note, let us say that though we are rap fanatics, Rap Seminar does not claim to be the foremost experts in rap, but what we do know is literary technique. We analyze lyrics, and report on what we have found. We also offer suggestions for how to strengthen the literary nature of your lyrics, but after all is said and done, emcees must choose for themselves what works for them and what does not. Not everybody can be Roc Marci, and that’s okay, we don’t need another Roc Marci, we need the first you! Much Love to our supporters! And as always, support the emcees that give you the soundtracks to your life! Drop Roc Marciano some love, and buy his music. You wont regret it. Trust 💎💎💎
Peace world! We hope everyone is manifesting their dreams today! We are back at it digging into @truehallucination’s rhymes, and something dope that came out of our analysis of his song “Lost Souls” is that we found he uses a technique that is rarely used by emcees called Personification. 📝When writers use personification they take an inanimate object, emotion, or abstract idea, and give it human-like qualities. In “Lost Souls,” for example, True Hallucination writes, “my scholarly thoughts wander consciously, through this vacuum of oddities/ leaping towards celestial prophecies releasing frequencies for planetary sovereignty…” The reason this is personification is because thoughts are intangible, and so naturally they are unable to physically “wander, or leap,” plus thoughts don’t have a conciseness of their own. Personification allows us to explore the inadamate more deeply by seeing how it would interact in the world if it were human. 👉🏾Medium.com explains personification as having “great impact [on the reader (or in our case listeners)] as it showcases a non-human entity more vivid and lively, along with a human attribute. The main objective of using this device is to grab the readers’ attention as well as their emotional support and make the entire write up (or song) prominent and remarkable.” 💎💎💎 Be sure to try this technique out in your lyrics, and have fun with it! If you come up with something dope, feel free to share it in the comments below 👇🏾
In this next chart, we find further confirmation that the best rappers use internal rhyme 📝📝📝 As you can see, most of @TrueHallucination’s rhymes in “Lost Souls” are internal, which creates a barrage of sounds that takes listeners on a sonic journey of rhyme. 💎According to LiteraryDivices.net, “the sound repetition due to internal rhyme makes a poem or story unified. It is employed to heighten the poem’s effects, and this internal rhyme can take place in the same line or two separate alternating lines. Also, it adds to the meanings of words, and enhances musical the effect of a poem.”👉🏾 Given the close relationship between rap and poetry, we can assume that internal rhyme does the same for a rap song. 📈📈📈Everybody be sure to follow @TrueHallucination and support his movement! His intellectual/ gutter rhymes will expand your consciousness for sure. You can check out his video for “Lost Souls” on his page 🏆
Two months ago I was at 24% BF... I was healthy, but I still had a goal to lose 1% BF per month. I was at 147lbs.
Today I weighed myself in at 147lbs. At first I felt a little discouraged even though I know the scale doesn’t tell the whole story. Then I took my BF percentage test and it showed that I was at 22% BF! So I weighed the same, but have 2% less body fat meaning I have MORE lean muscle mass than before!
Progress can be seen in so many ways, that’s why I measure percentages and circumference with my clients- not just weight. There are many areas that show progress. You can not rely on just one. If you are making healthy decisions, and ones out of love for your body, you will see progress. This is a journey. I still have struggles even though I am a trainer. I am not perfect every day, but the further along I participate in this journey, the better I become at consistency. So the not so good days become fewer and fewer in time.
My goal is to reach 20% BF in two months. I know I can do it!
Also- I remember my BF percentage being over 30% in middle school. I was still beautiful, but I have developed a healthier lifestyle over the years and feel so much more vibrant.
The more people I network with and the more of my personal goals I achieve, I’m starting to understand that there is a small percentage of people that ACTUALLY GET IT. Let me take a step further and explain what I mean by that........ 🗣
In every INDUSTRY there is WINNERS and the rest of the people. Every INDUSTRY! Figuring out “WHY” is the answer I’ve been looking for. Not to go too deep into what a WINNER is because that’s a different subject but.... 🤙🏾
So for the last 11 YEARS or so I’ve been reading and studying successful people and figuring out my ultimate goal in the process. The past 7 YEARS I have applied “some” of the principles that are in successful people. The past 3 YEARS I’ve made it my “Obsession” to study & implement exactly what my definition of “successful” people do in there everyday lives.
Having a goal (burning desire, ambitious), showing love and gratitude and continually learning is some things that stand out! Being CONSISTENT & PERSISTENT with those things is what separates the percentages. It’s a MINDSET!!
For #TechniqueTuesdays we look to none other than Willie The Kid. In the lyric graphic above you can see how he uses a rhyme technique called “Identical Rhyme” 📝. Identical Rhyme is achieved by using the same word multiple times across a series of bars. It can be an amazing tool if you can figure out how to use it correctly, but be careful, you don’t want to sound repetitive or like you don’t have enough words in your vocab. That said, this technique works well for Willie The Kid because he is clever and he uses the words in surprising ways that add to the intricacies of his rhyme patterns 💎💎💎. Try it out for yourself and drop some bars in the comments! Also, be sure to show @thewilliethekid some love! He’s dropped some amazing projects in the last few years! 📝📝📝Respect 🙌🏾.
Peace! After each series of lyrical assessments, we like to cap things off with a capstone lesson, or some kind of final takeaway from whichever emcee we are analyzing. 👉🏾 For our final post on Kool G Rap, we take a look at his 1st person narration technique. Now, it’s one thing to spit some random lines that contain tons of rhymes, but it’s a new game when an emcee can rhyme while narrating an entire story. In the verse above, not only are G Rap’s rhymes off the charts, but he is telling a coming of age story that is fully equipped with a setting, characters, and a backstory 💎💎💎. If you got mad rhymes, great, but can you create a world that listeners can enter and experience for themselves? 📝📝📝 👀
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What you see here in chart 4 of 4 on Kool G Rap is his average number of rhymes per bar (ARPB) in the “Assassination Day” verse. Most lines contain 6 rhymes, while one debatably has up to 8 rhymes. The ARBP is calculated by dividing the total number of rhymes in a verse by the amount of bars it contains. This is something emcees can calculate for themselves so they can be aware of a particular song’s rhyme density 📈 Yo! are there any verses y’all want me to analyze? Which emcees should we cover next? Charts on @rocmarci, @SeanPrice, @Cocareef, @Itsmefrankc and more coming soon!
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In our 3rd chart on Kool G Rap’s masterful “Assassination Day” verse, we find more evidence of the importance of the use of image. The chart shows he used image more than the other two identifiable techniques, but in all actuality, metaphor and simile are housed under the umbrella of Figurative Language, which is inherently a form of image. Remember that without images like sight, sound, touch, smell and taste, your listeners will not see anything, taste anything, feel anything...etc. The content of your lyrics won’t be real, and by real I mean, your listeners will not visualize the world, environment, or lifestyle you are attempting to describe. In G Rap’s verse, he places us in the a scene where we can witness with our own eyes what is going on. There are a few bars that are especially vivid where he writes,...”I stayed in the kitchen bakin' and rippin', apron and mittens/ Razors and pictures taped to some scissors scrapin' the dishes/ Plate with some riches...”. In these bars we can hear the scraping of the plate; we can see the razors and scissors, as well as the apron and oven mittens the “cook” is wearing. These items are the tools of his trade, and by describing them he creates a setting that his listeners can experience for themselves📝📝📝 // 👉🏾Homework! Write a verse that describes a physical location by using the 5 senses. Avoid using abstract words, instead use words that describe tangible objects, structures, people, or items in the space you want listeners to inhabit. After you finish, post it in the comments below, and show off your imagistic skills! 💎💎💎