How To Rhyme Better In Rap: Your FIRST Lesson (How To Rap For Beginners)


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In this video, we teach you how to rhyme better in rap by using easy to follow rap tips and examples on rhyme schemes. If you’re interested in knowing how to learn rapping, this video on the fundaments of rhymes in rap will help you on your journey. We have been the #1 channel for rap tutorials since 2014, and hopefully this rap help will aid you on your journey to learn how to be a rapper. We teach Hip Hop Music to a variety of experience levels using the best advice on how to rap for beginners by incorporating rap tips from over 15 years of rapping and 6 years of teaching people how to become a rapper. Enjoy!


“Perfect” Rhymes
Now let’s start the most basic fundamental building block of rhyming in rap form – the perfect rhyme.

A perfect rhyme is where two words rhyme EXACTLY the way you were taught in school.

Each word ENDS the exact same and is pronounced in the same manner so that the words sound just alike, except the beginning of the word is slightly different…

So, for example, “bill” and “will”. The only difference in those words is the first letter.

You can also think of something like, “black” and “jack”. The only difference in those words is the beginning of the words.

Now, when you pick up a rhyming dictionary, you often only find these kinds of rhymes, which limits you creatively, so I suggest from the very beginning to not use those as a crutch.

If you want to become a WORLD-CLASS rapper with the likes of Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, or Jay-Z, you need to be able to think out of the box with your rhymes…

“Slant” or “Stretch” Rhymes
Which leads us to “slant” or “stretch” rhymes. You’ll hear people use either of those phrases to describe the same thing depending on where you’re learning from.

“Slant” or “stretch” rhymes are “near perfect” rhymes in the sense that while they SOUND very close to the “perfect” rhymes we just described when they are pronounced out loud…

…They are not quite “perfect” sense the word ends are different.

Going back to our example, “bill” can be perfect rhymed with “will”, but it can be STRETCH rhymed with “deal”, if you change your pronunciation.

Similarly, “black” can be perfect rhymed with “jack”… but it can be SLANT rhymed with “mad”.

When you begin to experiment with not only perfect rhymes but SLANT or STRETCH rhymes, you will begin to open a new world of possibility of the stories and punchlines you can deliver with your raps.

“Multisyllable Rhymes”
Now that you know what perfect rhyme and a stretch rhyme is… you can also “STACK” rhymes together to give the impression of more COMPLEXITY in your rhyme vocabulary as you rap, using what is called “multisyllable rhymes” or “multi’s”.

A multi syllable rhyme is one where MULTIPLE SYLLABLES rhyme together in a stack.

So, going back to our examples…

Rather than just rhyming,

“If you don’t pay me… hurt you I WILL”… “Give me my money, I want to see the BILL”

You can rhyme… the syllables BEFORE “bill” and “will” to make it sound more complex…

“If you don’t pay me… we gon’ have ILL WILL / Give me money, or I’ll go KILL BILL”

Notice how now we have two perfect rhymes back to back… and therefore we are rhyming multiple syllables.

Now, don’t think you only have to do multisyllable PERFECT rhymes. You can also rhyme multi syllable STRETCH rhymes.

So for our other example…

You COULD rhyme multi syllable PERFECT rhymes like…

“I just hit the JACK POT / More money than a CRACK SPOT”

You could also say, “I just hit the JACK POT / ‘Cause my rhymes got MAD BOP”.

“Mad” and “Bop” are SLANT rhymes of “JACK” and “POT”… BUT because there are multiple syllables being rhymed, it sounds more complex.


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