How To Rap: Part Two

In Part One I discussed how to use rhyme scheme and multi-syllables. This article will be explaining how to use internal rhymes and how to develop your flow.

Internal Rhyming

"I sit back with this pack of zig zags and this bag//

Of this weed, that gives me, the shit needed to be//

The most meanest emcee on this earth//

And since birth I've been cursed with this curse to just curse//"

- Eminem

Internal rhyming is one of the harder things to accomplish when writing raps. It was very rarely used until Rakim debuted on the scene and brought it to life. Now internal rhyming is more common, but still you don't see it very often except in exceptionally skilled artists.

What is Internal Rhyming?

- Internal rhyming is just a rhyme within a rhyme. So instead of just having end rhymes for a bar, there are also rhymes within that bar.

How To Use Internal Rhyming?

- If you want to implement internal rhymes, all it takes is a little creativity and a lot of practice. If you have a bar like: Any day on the streets, could be your last// I want to better myself, but all the good seems to pass//, and you want to add internal rhyming to it, you would just find some words that could be changed to rhyme with the end rhyme. Streets could get changed to path in the first bar, and better myself could be changed to surpass in the second bar. So the end product would look like this:

Any day on this path, could be your last// I wanna surpass, but all the good seems to pass//


"You thought pun shit was weak, now you can't sleep//

Gotta keep your eyes open wide and hide your face from the streets//

- Big Pun

Flow is easily the hardest thing to actually master in rap. Very few artists have a truly great flow, some off the top of the head are; Big Pun, Jay-Z, Eminem, and J. Cole. There are a more, but then again, they represent a tiny fraction of hip-hop.

What is Flow?

Flow, in my opinion, is an artists ability to stay on beat and be able to ride a beat well. So if you are having trouble staying on beat when rapping, then you need to work on your flow.

How to Improve your Flow?

The first thing I would do is to just start freestyling to instrumentals. I would do this until I have a good understanding of how to stay on beat. Next I would move to actually writing lyrics to beats, but you can't be very lyrical at this point. Once you have that down, then it's time to actually move to writing full songs to the beat you would want to use.

This about wraps up the mini series on how to rap. I hope that you have learned a lot from these two articles and are able to intergrate them well into your raps and become a better emcee as well.