Bars On I 95 FreestyleHb the Engineer Grafh closed out with a slew of freestyles over some of the hottest beats in the game such as Pusha T ‘s Infrared,” Lil Wayne ‘s Uproar,” Cardi B ‘s Money” and more. By training in this way, and forcing myself into musically uncomfortable” situations, I've discovered how to extract a lot more mileage out of my favorite lines and rhymes, as well as found new lines and rhymes that I can use to build out my freestyle foundation.
For example, I would probably choose to use in” as the end rhyme for the word threatened” from above (potential rhymes include get in” and let in”). Bars on I 95 Side note: I seemed to have developed a tic, where I constantly use the word spitting” in reference to spitting rhymes” (i.e. freestyle rapping).
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.
Here's a short video of today's attempt, rapped over a free beat from YouTube. Interestingly, a week ago , I declared that I was confusing my comfortability with the words on with good freestyling skills”. Lin perfectly represents the first approach to freestyle rapping: Punchline-driven Freestyling.
Punchline-drive freestyling can be effective even with very minimal or basic rhymes, as long as the last word of the punchline lands smoothly. Today, I reviewed the footage from the past week of my freestyling practice sessions, and have found particular sets of rhymes that I naturally tend to lean on more heavily.
So, in total, I only spent eleven hours training this month, which is a bit surprising to me: I felt like I was consumed by freestyle rap the entire month. The next step is to practice freestyling within each category over and over, hopefully strengthening the synapses between the already wired words and the new rhymes.
With so many hungry rappers going all out on the mixtape scene these days, in order to stand out amongst the pack, it is crucial that an MC possesses something more than just dope punchlines and fluid freestyles. Spitting some boasting rhymes and some clever metaphors, the Jamaica, Queens rapper proves that he is ready to intimidate the best of the best when he steps into the booth.
I have a bit of a problem: , the site I've been using to inspire my freestyle raps, is currently broken and not generating random words. While I need to suspend my disbelief a bit more for option #1, I think I'm going to stick with my current approach and focus purely on the rhymes.
In this format, I not only needed to successfully land rhymes, but I also need to select what I wanted to rhyme about (which isn't something I've had to do while using random words). So, today, I decided to take a break and give my mind time to shed some of its habits.
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.