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Copy of hip-hop music: Rhyme Scheme and meter

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by Cindy Leisure on 12 September 2013

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Transcript of Copy of hip-hop music: Rhyme Scheme and meter

Poetry In Music
Rhyme Scheme and Meter in Hip-Hop/Rap
Scansion/Meters and Rhyme scheme
Have you ever wondered what makes certain songs and phrases stick in your head while others don't? Well, Scansion and Rhyme scheme are important aspects of both poetry and the music genre Hip-hop that makes certain pieces so memorable.
Scansion/Meter:
Almost all songs in the hip-hop genre have a certain meter where they have a specific pattern of words/syllables stressed or unstressed. Rap is usually sung/performed in iambic pentameter. In the song "It's Tricky" by iconic rapper Run DMC, you can clearly hear the pattern of stressed syllables:

IT'S/ trick/Y/ to/ ROCK/ a/ RHYME/ to/ ROCK/ a/ RHYME/ that's/ RIGHT/ on/ TIME
-"It's Tricky" Run DMC
Origin:
Hip-hop originated in the 1970's when DJ's, including DJ Kool Herc, who is considered the "godfather" of hip-hop, took the popular percussive breaks of funk, soul, and disco songs and made them longer. When lengthening these breaks, DJ's added Jamaican and other Caribbean beats, because the majority of the DJ's were from/of Caribbean decent. Rapping, a vocal style in which the artist speaks lyrically, was usually added to theses beats.
The raps structure of iambic pentameter is suited to the narrative they are telling in the song. Because of the fact that most Raps tell a story and uses a speaking voice to be performed, the the use of the different structures helps add to the narrative feeling and dramatic effects.
Rhyme:
Rhyme is a common device used in a lot of hip-hop/rap songs. It can often show an emotion or It can tell an intriguing story. When it comes to rhyme scheme, Rap can range from ababcdcd... etc. to aabbcc... etc. It really just depends on the person the songs writer. A good song to show this kind of rhyme scheme is the song "Runaway love" by Ludacris and Mary J. Blige
Now little Lisa is only 9 years old (A)
She's trying to figure out why the world is so cold (A
Why she's all alone and ain't never met her family (B)
Mama's always gone and she never met her daddy (B)
Part of her is missing and nobody will listen
(C)
Mama is on drugs getting high up in the kitchen (C)
Bringing home men at different hours of the night (D)
Starting with some laughs -- usually ending in a fight (D)
Sneaking in her room while her mama's knocked out (E)
Trying to have his way and little Lisa says 'ouch (E)
As you can tell, there in this song there is a lot of rhyming. In particular, this rhyme scheme is AABBCC.... and so on. another thing to point out is a lot of music of the Rap /hip-hop genre has Internal Rhyme. For example earlier we brought the sing "It's Tricky" by Run DMC which used internal rhyme and in this one in particular, the line "It's tricky to rock a /rhyme/ that's right on /time/". Although throughout some songs, they use more forced rhymes than actual rhymes as seen in the lyrics above.
Featured Artist:
2 Chainz
Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_Chainz
http://commonquote.com/author/738/dj-kool-herc
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/ludacris/runawaylove.html
By: Brittane Flandrick and Katarina Galvan
Born as Tauheed Epps on September 12, 1977, 2 chainz is one hip/hop-rap artist popular today. Originally only going for Basketball at the Alabama state University, After hanging out with his friend Earl Conyers (known as Dolla Boy) he realized that he was more interested in rapping and Djing then perfecting his basketball career. A little bit after they made their frist independent album United We Stand, United We Fall in 2002, The duo were introduced to Atlanta Rapper Ludacris. He Became the highest selling rapper around this time and had heard about the duo. He has invited Epps and Conyers to join his new record label Disturbing tha peace. This marked a new beginning to Epps. Within being in this label, he and his partner release tow more albums. Around January of 2010, 2 chainz left the record label Disturbing Tha Peace in order to advance in his career. Ludacris was reluctant to let him go but he accepted his decision. Around the year 2011, he changed His name to 2 chainz instead of tity boi because he thought it was more family orientated. Following his name change, 2 chainz released a mixtape entitled T.R.U. REALigion, which became his first mixtape to appear on the music charts, peaking at number 58 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Since the success of his most recent mixtape, Epps has made guest appearances on tracks by prominent recording artists such as, Kanye West's single "Mercy" and Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap". on March 24, 2012 his released his album Based On A T.R.U story.
Discography as 2Chainz
Featured Audio:
Candy shop- 50 Cent
California Love-Tupac
Hypnoitize-Notorious B.I.G
I'm Different- 2 chainz
Me Against the World (2007)
Trap-A-Velli (2009)
All Ice on Me (2009)
Me Against the World 2: Codeine Withdrawal (2010)
Trap-A-Velli 2: (The Residue) (2010)
Codeine Cowboy (A 2 Chainz Collective) (2011)
T.R.U. REALigion (2011)
Years Active: 1997 - Today
http://yalepress.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/adam-bradley-asks-is-rap-poetry-is-it-good-poetry/
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