如何在说唱作词中提升你的押韵-多重押韵

作者:中文rap 2016-12-24

【HMC独家翻译】《The Rappers Handbook》中文版 第二部分 提升你的押韵-多重押韵 【英文原版PDF电子书下载地址】http://pan.baidu.com/s/1mg5E7Ug 【翻译申明】...

  

 

  【HMC独家翻译】《The Rapper's Handbook》中文版 第二部分 提升你的押韵-多重押韵

  【英文原版PDF电子书下载地址】http://pan.baidu.com/s/1mg5E7Ug

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  【中文翻译】

  第二部分 提升你的押韵

  多重押韵

  为什么要在一片含有维生素C和维生素D的药剂中只摄取维生素C呢?多重押韵的产生在全世界范围内引发了一种狂潮,但全世界都没注意到的是说唱歌手从Chuck D到Bun B都已经在他们的歌曲中运用了多重押韵。

  多重押韵曾经备受冷落,如今却愈发常见地以歌词形式被运用于Hip-Hop音乐中,试图超越对方。多重押韵并非比普通押韵更难,它们的创作只需额外的努力即可,你将会发现这种努力是非常划算的。创作多重押韵,然后就能获取你的维生素C。

  [小贴士]

  “押韵的写作最使我感到困难的是琢磨接下来该怎样写。一旦我进入自己内心,便会不自觉的想起‘da da da dadada da da’,如同填空一样,我使用典型的一个单词、两个单词或是三个单词的模式。我所知道的一件事便是,我是首个以将其分成多音节押韵形式结束这一小段的说唱歌手之一。第二天我便将《Curb Your Enthusiasm(抑制激情)》(译者注:美国喜剧片名)用进了押韵中。‘Tell your homeboy to curb his enthusiasm / before I point my motherfu**in’ Uzi at him’.”

  - Bun B

  [部分Ⅰ – 基础课程]

  多重押韵是什么?

  Multies(多重押韵)是“Multi-Syllable Rhyme(多重音节押韵)”的简写,多重押韵是指在短语中有一个以上的音节押韵,多重押韵可以达到两倍、三倍、四倍等押韵。

  普通押韵: cat / hat

  多重押韵:my cat / hi-hat

  或更多多重押韵:bit my cat / hit the hi-hat

  南部说唱歌手Ludacris在他的Verse中喜欢运用多重押韵。他有一个常用的标志,就是减慢语速并强调每一句的末尾部分,这种方式在他说出一些精巧的多重押韵时发挥了重要作用。

  [歌曲例子]

  I’m never going nowhere, so don’t try me,

  my music sticks in fans’ veins like an I.V.

  - Ludacris, “Number One Spot”

  在这个来自《Number One Spot》的例子中,Ludacris以“try me”和“I.V.”创作了一个多重押韵。他本可以仅仅以“V.”押“me”的韵,但因为有额外附加的音节(try和I),让它成为了一个多重押韵。

  多重押韵和中间韵之间有什么区别?

  中间韵:

  Don’t be silly cover your milli I’m like Billy

  Don’t be dumb cover your gun I ain’t fun

  - Dizee Rascal, “Stand Up Tall”

  多重押韵:

  Punchlines that kill… my hits’ll bury ya,

  I rap to myself on the bus like… schizophrenia

  我为什么要运用多重押韵?

  多重押韵是“妙不可言”的Flow标志,所有的顶尖说唱歌手都在运用它们。与普通押韵相比,它们更复杂、更令人印象深刻,所以能得到更多的尊重。多重押韵让你的Verse富于变化,也能帮助你创作更好的韵脚。

  我要怎么创作多重押韵?

  多重押韵并非比典型押韵难,只是需要多一些的时间而已。第一步便是找到你想要开始的一句话。以这句话为例:

  The elite force like army rangers and navy seals,

  现在我们要以“navy seals”来创作一个多重押韵。第一件事便是列出与“navy”押韵的单词,最简单的方法是通过使用押韵词典(rhymezone.com)同时记录列出的结果,但请记住,这只会给你“完美”的押韵,不是不工整韵。不工整韵是非常重要的,因为它们能使你写下更多的有创意的句子。当你创作多重押韵的时候尤其如此,否则你的句子将会显得做作和拙劣。另一个问题是用押韵词典是他们为你做这项工作,如果你肯花时间为自己思考所有的押韵词汇,为了未来的即兴说唱比赛你将会更愿意使用在你脑海中的单词去押韵。我不推荐用押韵词典,除非你真的遇到了瓶颈。

  navy的工整韵:

  gravy

  wavy

  navy的不工整韵:

  maybe

  baby

  lady

  rabies

  weighty

  等等…

  然后对第二个单词重复这个过程,例如“seals”在这种情况下。

  seals的工整韵:

  deals

  eels

  feels

  heels

  meals

  peels

  reels

  squeals

  steals

  wheels

  seals的不工整韵:

  stales

  whales

  beans

  等等…

  现在我们贯穿整个过程,联系一下与navy、seals押韵的单词。这有很多种的组合,所以尽量选取一些有意义的:

  Baby meals

  Wavy eels

  Lady squeals

  Gravy feels

  Weighty whales

  然后我们可以选取一个组合并写下一个有意义的句子:

  I kick it operatic ‘til that fat lady squeals

  或者

  your lyrics are stuffing,

  so now I know how gravy feels

  或者

  I’ll call you Gerber

  cuz ya spittin’ up some baby meals

  把他们写在一起,然后挑选一个你最喜欢的,或者将他们用于一行。比如这样:

  The elite force like army rangers and navy seals,

  I kick it operatic ‘til that fat lady squeals

  your lyrics are stuffing, now I know how gravy feels,

  I’ll call you Gerber

  cuz ya spittin’ up some baby meals

  这是创作多重押韵最简单的方式,如果你掌握了这个简单的技巧,你将会发现你的写词技巧得到了十足的进步。

  [练习这个]

  使用常见的短语或名人的名字(即“train station(火车站)”或“George Bush(乔治·布什)”),以这种方法写一些多重押韵的词组,然后将这些词组运用于有意义的句子中。

  [部分Ⅱ – 进阶课程]

  好的,学习完了基本课程后你一定想要更进一步的了解。接下来我们将要涉及的是重读音节和轻读音节的区别,这和你的英文老师在莎士比亚抑扬五步格律诗中所教相同。在这种情况下,我们将使用它来找出如何创作一长串的优质Flow的多重押韵。通常的规则是这样的:你必须在重读音节上押韵,并忽略轻读音节。

  [重读 vs.轻读]

  最基本的意义是你在说话、说唱时存在需要强调音节以及不需要强调的音节。而当分析诗歌时,你可以打记一个重音符号(/)在重读音节上、划一个破折号(-)在轻读音节上。

  例如,大声说出这句话:

  Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

  韵律图(一个关于哪些音节该重读哪些该轻读的示意图)如下:

  - /-- / / - - / -- /

  Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

  这是一个典型的例子,因为出现多次“短小的”单词(to,is,the,of)是轻读的。显然,当我们说出一个轻读音节时,并不意味着每一个字都是轻读,轻读意味着非重读。

  找出重读音节和轻读音节的最简单方法便是大声说出来并倾听哪些音节该重读而哪些该轻读。

  为什么我只学习那个呢?

  因为对于多重押韵而言,确保在重音上押韵是件很重要的事情,因而不必在轻音上押韵。

  拿这句话举例:

  Behind my house is the most twisted of trees

  如果我想以“twisted of trees”写一个多重押韵,我首先需要做的便是分清哪些是重音哪些是轻音。所以我将图划出来是这样的:

  -/-/--//- -/

  Behind my house is the most twisted of trees

  我真的需要注意的是“twisted of trees”这个押韵的短语,如你所见,重音在“twist”和“trees”这两个单词上,而轻音在“ed”和“of”这两个单词上。这意味着,当我写下这个多重押韵的时候,我需要以“twist”和“trees”来押韵,而不需要以“ed”或者“of”来押韵。

  如下文字:

  Mystical knee

  Listen to me

  Mess with the bees

  然后我就选取其中一个来写一句:

  Behind my house is the most twisted of trees,

  I always ignore the birds, but I mess with the bees

  尽管“ed of”与“with the”不押韵,但并无大碍,因为它们不是重读音节,这一句的Flow仍然很好。再看看另一个例子,Eminem在D12的 “My Band”中的一段,他使用了这个句子:

  /-/

  I just think you’re trying to steal the light from me

  在这句中,“light”和“me”是重读的,而“from”不是,所以他不需考虑和“from”押韵的其他单词。如同这样:

  I just think you’re trying to steal the light from me,

  Yesterday Kuniver tried to pull a knife on me,

  ‘Cuz I told him Jessica Alba’s my wife to be

  关于更多多重押韵是什么呢?

  我很高兴你能问出这个问题。一些说唱歌手(尤其是地下说唱歌手)喜欢将每个多重押韵连贯起来用来加深听众的印象。你不要总是这样做,但如果你能偶尔做到把每个多重押韵连贯起来,这将会是个爆点。

  拿这句来看:

  /-//

  Always on point with words that cut sharp

  如果我们以“sharp”来押韵则不可能出现多重押韵,而以“cut sharp”来押韵则可以。既然如此,让我们以“words(that)cut sharp”来写一个长的多重押韵。记住,因为“that”不是重音,我们可以忽略它。我们只需要对“words,cut,and sharp”进行押韵。我将以一系列不工整韵来写下一个有意义的小段,使用我们之前描述的韵律生成的步骤:

  nerds that aren’t smart

  burns the white tarp

  swords that touch heart

  worms make bad art

  nervous you might fart

  然后我们将它们组合在一起:

  Always on point with words that cut sharp,

  I’m a paradox like nerds that aren’t smart

  或者我们可以重新写一部分,包含其他的多重押韵也行。记住,重新审读已写好的小节然后修改它们是一个非常好的想法,删除脆弱的部分,然后添加更多高质量的素材。

  I spit swords that touch hearts and words that cut sharp,

  You’re living proof that some nerds are not smart

  [练习这个]

  创作一些3个或4个音节的多重押韵,然后将他们添加到你的小段中,尝试在每句中用一个以上的多重押韵(就如同 Papoose 和 Eminem 在接下来的部分所做的那样)

  多重押韵之王是谁?

  毋庸置疑,有一位使用多重押韵远超其他说唱歌手的艺人,他的名字叫做Eminem。事实上,他很多牛逼的Flow就是来自于他对多重押韵的创造性使用,你可以在他的所有作品中都能找到多重押韵,下面就是一个特别强劲的例子。来自“The Real Slim Shady”中的一段:

  [歌曲例子]

  But Slim what if you win wouldn’t it be weird?

  Why so you guys could just lie to get me here,

  So you could sit me here next to Britney Spears

  I think Christina Aguilera better switch me chairs

  - Eminem, “The Real Slim Shady”

  这里就是“The Real Slim Shady”中很酷的令人惊艳的部分。Eminem并不仅仅在重音上押韵,在轻音上也是如此(“be,me,ney”是轻音)。多个多重押韵都被他以同一模式使用:五行中四组押韵。

  他是怎么做到的呢?他可能是想写一段押韵嘲笑小甜甜布兰妮,于是,他便以她的名字作为开始,并以其开始产生的韵脚而结束。他本可以使用其他的韵脚,但是他发现了和他想表达的意思所匹配的多重押韵。这里告诉我们的是:总是先从单词或短语开始,是最重要的。

  [歌曲例子]

  His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy

  There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti

  He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready

  To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting

  - Eminem, “Lose Yourself”

  这些“Lose Yourself”里面的韵脚绝对是Eminem最好的一些韵脚,并且其中包含了很多内容。他在其中疯狂的表达令人惊讶。他使用了大量的多重押韵和中间韵,而不是分散开来去编织一张复杂的抒情之网。

  他在短短四个小节中使用了多达5到6组多重押韵,并在其他的单词中重复了“palms”的读音。在“drop”和“bombs”重复,还在“vomit”和“on his”中重复,它们本身就是简短的多重押韵。而最后一行“keeps”与开头的“knees weak”押韵的使用,更是令我震撼。学习这些句子,因为它们与解析微积分一样具有复杂的韵律。

  我应该使用多少多重押韵呢?

  这取决于你。只是偶尔有些说唱歌手使用多重押韵,而其他人(如 Eminem )几乎只是用多重押韵。尽量不要让多重押韵控制你的韵律,Eminem 在“Lose Yourself”中的伟大之处便是他不会为了强加一个多重押韵而牺牲歌词本身的意义。

  在下面的篇幅中,是用一个独特的小段作为例子,不断地重复同一个多重押韵词组的发音。歌词来自Papoose的歌曲“Thug Connection”,这是一位来自纽约的地下说唱歌手,Papoose以这个名字不仅来证明他的歌词的力量而且证明他的多才多艺。Busta Rhyme 和 Shaquille O’Neil 所走的轨迹对他起着重要的影响。这个Verse由30个不同的多重押韵串连,并且有着相同或相似的读音。一些人肯定会觉得这样的押韵会显得过度了,但对于其他人来说,这是一个令人惊叹的抒情成就。

  [歌曲例子]

  My lyrical tendency’s equivalent to a critical felony

  Precise behind bars like a criminal’s penalty

  Pinnacle definitely, hold so much jewels in my miracle memory

  It’s like I’m a physical treasury

  Deep into weaponry, psychotic ni**as who envy me

  Wanna be nuts, so I bust nuts like my genitals sexually

  Punished in my mother’s stomach by swimmin through Hennessy

  I was born with a difficult destiny, not your typical mentally

  Givin my vision through treacheries

  Syllable therapy, invincible visual energy

  No artist identity resemble me, I flow like a mineral chemically

  Cause I flow with a chemical chemistry

  I can flow like the river through Tennessee

  The mystical seventh sea, or currency at the Senegal embassy

  At birth although it’s umbilical regularly

  They cut a mic chord and disconnected me

  Leaders political threaten me for what I write in my lyrical melody

  While others broke laws, I broke lyrical legacies

  Flip forever, live for infinity, respect the P

  It’s Papoose, I conquered this caliber, next degree

  - Papoose, “Thug Connection”

  【英语原文】

  Part Two - Elevating Your Rhymes

  Multies

  Why take just vitamin C when you can get vitamin C and D in one pill? The creation of multi-vitamins launched a worldwide craze for multies, but what most of the world didn’t realize is that rappers from Chuck D to Bun B were already serving up mulies in their raps.

  Once a rare treat, multies are now being used in hip-hop more and more frequently as lyricists constantly try to outdo each other. Multies aren’t necessarily harder to write than normal rhymes. They just take extra effort. You’ll find that the effort is well worth it.Spit multies, and get your vitamin C.

  [droppin’ knowledge]

  “The hardest thing for me to do, as far as writing a rhyme, is figuring out how it’s going to go. Once I get in my mind that it’s going to go ‘da da da dadada da da,’ then it’s kind of like filling in the blanks. I take the typical words, or I pick a two-word, three-word pattern. One of the things I’m known for is I was one of the first rappers to end their bars rhyming multiesyllabically. The other day I put Curb Your Enthusiasm in a rhyme.‘Tell your homeboy to curb his enthusiasm / before I point my motherfu**in’ Uzi at him’.”

  - Bun B

  [Part I - The Basic Lesson]

  What are Multies?

  Multies is short for “Multi-Syllable Rhyme.” Multies are phrases in which more than one syllable rhymes.Multies can be double, triple, quadruple (etc…)rhymes.

  Normal rhyme: cat / hat

  Multi rhyme: my cat / hi-hat

  Or a longer multi: bit my cat / hit the hi-hat

  Southern rapper Ludacris loves featuring multies in his verses. Luda has a trademark delivery, in which he slows down and emphasizes the end of each line.This delivery works well when he slips in some clever multies.

  [Pro Example]

  I’m never going nowhere, so don’t try me,

  my music sticks in fans’ veins like an I.V.

  - Ludacris, “Number One Spot”

  In the example from the track Number One Spot,Luadacris creates a multi with “try me” and “I.V.” He could have just rhymed “me” with “V.”, but by rhyming with the additional syllables (try with I) it becomes a multi.

  What’s the difference between multies and in-rhymes?

  In-rhymes:

  Don’t be silly cover your milli I’m like Billy

  Don’t be dumb cover your gun I ain’t fun

  - Dizee Rascal, “Stand Up Tall”

  Multies:

  Punchlines that kill… my hits’ll bury ya,

  I rap to myself on the bus like… schizophrenia

  Why should I use multies?

  Multies are hallmarks of all the dopest flows, and all the best rappers use them. They are more complex and more impressive than normal rhymes and so command a lot more respect. Multies add variation to your verse and will help you craft better rhymes.

  How do I write multies?

  Multies aren’t that much harder to write than typical rhymes, they just take more time. Step one is to find a line that you want to start with. Take this line for example:

  The elite force like army rangers and navy seals,

  Now we’re going to create a multi with “navy seals.”The first thing you want to do is list all the words that rhyme with “navy”. The easiest way to do this is by using a rhyme dictionary (rhymezone.com) and listing the results, but keep in mind that this will only give you the ‘perfect’ rhymes, not the slant rhymes. Slant rhymes are very important, because they allow you to write more creative lines. This is especially true when you’re writing multies, ‘cause otherwise your lines might come out contrived and stupid. The other problem with rhyming dictionaries is that they do the work for you. If you take the time to actually think for yourself of all the rhymes for the word, you’re more likely to get those rhymes in your head for future freestyles. I don’t recommend rhyme dictionaries unless you’re really stuck.

  Perfect rhymes for navy:

  gravy

  wavy

  Slant rhymes for navy:

  maybe

  baby

  lady

  rabies

  weighty

  etc…

  Then repeat this process for the second word, in this case, “seals.”

  Perfect rhymes with seals:

  deals

  eels

  feels

  heels

  meals

  peels

  reels

  squeals

  steals

  wheels

  Slant rhymes for seals:

  stales

  whales

  beans

  etc…

  Now we go through the process of linking up navy-rhymes with seals-rhymes. There are lots of

  combinations, so try to pick some that make some sense:

  Baby meals

  Wavy eels

  Lady squeals

  Gravy feels

  Weighty whales

  Then we pick one and write a line that makes sense:

  I kick it operatic ‘til that fat lady squeals

  or

  your lyrics are stuffing,

  so now I know how gravy feels

  or

  I’ll call you Gerber

  cuz ya spittin’ up some baby meals

  Write a bunch of them, and then pick the one that you like best to use. Or use a bunch of them in a row like this:

  The elite force like army rangers and navy seals,

  I kick it operatic ‘til that fat lady squeals

  your lyrics are stuffing, now I know how gravy feels,

  I’ll call you Gerber

  cuz ya spittin’ up some baby meals

  That’s the simplest way to write multies. If you master that simple technique, you should already notice your lyrical skills improving.

  [Practice This]

  Take a common phrase or celebrity name (i.e. “train station”or “George Bush”) and write out some multi-syllable rhymes using this method. Work the rhymes into some lines that make sense together.

  [Part II - The Advanced Lesson]

  Ok, so you’ve worked through the basic lesson and you want to take it further. The next thing we need to cover is the difference between prominent (or “stressed”) syllables and silent (or“unstressed”) syllables. It’s the same thing that your English teacher was teaching you when you did that Shakespeare lesson on iambic pentameter. In this case, we’re going to use it to figure out how to create long strings of quality multies that flow well. The general rule is this: you have to rhyme with the prominent syllables; you can ignore the silent ones.

  [Prominent vs. Silent]

  The basic idea is that when you speak or rap there are certain syllables that you stress or put emphasis on and certain syllables that you don’t. When analyzing poetry, you’d place an accent mark (/) over the prominent syllables and a dash (-) over the silent syllables.

  For example, say this out loud:

  Today is the first day of the rest of my life

  The meter (a map of which syllables are stressed and which are not) would be something like this:

  - /-- / / - - / -- /

  Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

  This is a typical example because often times “little”words (to, is, the, of) are silent. Obviously, when we’re talking about a silent syllable, we don’t mean literally silent. Silent just means it’s not prominent.

  The simplest way of figuring out which syllables are prominent and which are silent is just to say the line out loud and listen to what you pronounce strongly and what you don’t.

  Why Did I just Learn that?

  Because with multies it’s important to make sure you’re rhyming with all the prominent syllables. But you don’t have to rhyme with the silent syllables.

  For example, take this line:

  Behind my house is the most twisted of trees

  If I want to write a multi rhyme with “twisted of trees,” the first thing I need to do is figure out what is prominent and what isn’t. So I’ll map it out like this:

  -/-/--//- -/

  Behind my house is the most twisted of trees

  All I really have to pay attention to is the rhyming phrase, “twisted of trees.” As you can see, the prominent sounds are “twist” and “trees.” The silent sounds are “ed” and “of”. That means that when I’m writing my multi, I need to rhyme with “twist” and“trees”, but I don’t need to rhyme with the “ed” or the“of”.

  So these work:

  Mystical knee

  Listen to me

  Mess with the bees

  Then I just pick one and write a line to it:

  Behind my house is the most twisted of trees,

  I always ignore the birds, but I mess with the bees

  Even though “ed of” doesn’t rhyme with “with the”, it doesn’t matter because they’re unstressed syllables. The line still flows. Take another example from Eminem’s verse on D12’s “My Band”. He uses the line:

  /-/

  I just think you’re trying to steal the light from me

  In that line “light” and “me” are accented, but “from”isn’t. So he doesn’t worry about rhyming with “from”,just the other words. Like this:

  I just think you’re trying to steal the light from me,

  Yesterday Kuniver tried to pull a knife on me,

  ‘Cuz I told him Jessica Alba’s my wife to be

  What About Longer Multies?

  I’m glad you asked.Some rappers (especially underground rappers) like to string together long as hell multies to impress their listeners. You don’t always have to do this, but if you can drop a long-string multi occasionally, it will hit like a sound bomb.

  Take this line:

  /-//

  Always on point with words that cut sharp

  If we rhymed with “sharp” it would not be a multi. If we rhymed with “cut sharp” it would be a multi. Instead of just that, let’s try rhyming with “words (that) cut sharp” to make a long multi. Remember, because“that” isn’t prominent, we can ignore it. We just need to rhyme with words, cut, and sharp. I’m going to use a lot of slant rhymes in order to make a line that

  makes sense. Using the process of rhyme generating described before we get:

  nerds that aren’t smart

  burns the white tarp

  swords that touch heart

  worms make bad art

  nervous you might fart

  Then we put them together:

  Always on point with words that cut sharp,

  I’m a paradox like nerds that aren’t smart

  Or we can rewrite a little, and include another multi in there as well. Remember, it’s always a good idea to revisit lines and rework them. Cut out the weak stuff,and add more quality stuff.

  I spit swords that touch hearts and words that cut sharp,

  You’re living proof that some nerds are not smart

  [Practice This]

  Write some 3 or 4 syllable multies, and then add them into your lines. Try to put more than one multi per line (as Papoose and Eminem do in the following section).

  Who is the King of Multies?

  Without a doubt, one rapper uses multies more than any other, and that rapper is Eminem. In fact a lot of his sick flow comes from his creative use of multi rhymes. You’ll find multies in all of his songs. The ones below are just particularly strong examples. Take these bars from “The Real Slim Shady”:

  [Pro Example]

  But Slim what if you win wouldn’t it be weird?

  Why so you guys could just lie to get me here,

  So you could sit me here next to Britney Spears

  I think Christina Aguilera better switch me chairs

  - Eminem, “The Real Slim Shady”

  Here’s what’s so dope and amazing about those “The Real Slim Shady” lines. Eminem doesn’t just rhyme with the prominent syllables, he rhymes with the silent one too (“be, me, ney” are unstressed). He also uses a lot of multies with the same rhyme pattern: 5 in 4 lines.

  How did he do that? He probably wanted to write a rhyme making fun of Britney Spears, so he started with her name and started generating multies off of it. He could have used others, but he found some that matched what he was trying to say. The lesson: always start with the word or phrase that is most important.

  [Pro Example]

  His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy

  There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti

  He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready

  To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting

  - Eminem, “Lose Yourself”

  Those “Lose Yourself” rhymes are some of Eminem’s absolute best, and that’s saying a lot. What he does here lyrically is all out amazing. He uses lots of multi-rhymes and in-rhymes, not seperately but together to weave a complex lyrical web.

  He uses 5-6 multies in just four lines, but he also repeats the “palms” sound in other words. It’s echoed in “drop” and “bombs,” but also in “vomit” and “on his,”which is itself a little multi. The killer for me is the use of “keeps” in the last line, which rhymes with “knees weak” in the first. Study those lines, because they’re as complex rhyme-wise as some analytic calculus.

  How Many Multies Should I Use?

  That’s up to you. Some rappers use multies only occasionally, while others (like Eminem) rhyme almost exclusively with multies. Try not to let multies control your rhymes. The great thing about Eminem’s verse on“Lose Yourself” is that he never sacrifices the meaning to squeeze in a multi.

  On the next page is a unique example of a verse that rhymes over and over again with the same multi-syllable sound. The lyrics are from Papoose’s track“Thug Connection.” An underground rapper from NYC, Papoose is making a name for himself by demonstrating not only his lyrical powers, but also his versatility. He’s been featured on tracks with Busta Rhymes and even Shaquille O’Neil. This verse is a string of 30 different multies that all have the same (or similar) rhyme. Some people would definitely find this kind of rhyming excessive, but to others it’s a jaw-dropping lyrical achievement.

  [Pro Example]

  My lyrical tendency’s equivalent to a critical felony

  Precise behind bars like a criminal’s penalty

  Pinnacle definitely, hold so much jewels in my miracle memory

  It’s like I’m a physical treasury

  Deep into weaponry, psychotic ni**as who envy me

  Wanna be nuts, so I bust nuts like my genitals sexually

  Punished in my mother’s stomach by swimmin through Hennessy

  I was born with a difficult destiny, not your typical mentally

  Givin my vision through treacheries

  Syllable therapy, invincible visual energy

  No artist identity resemble me, I flow like a mineral chemically

  Cause I flow with a chemical chemistry

  I can flow like the river through Tennessee

  The mystical seventh sea, or currency at the Senegal embassy

  At birth although it’s umbilical regularly

  They cut a mic chord and disconnected me

  Leaders political threaten me for what I write in my lyrical melody

  While others broke laws, I broke lyrical legacies

  Flip forever, live for infinity, respect the P

  It’s Papoose, I conquered this caliber, next degree

  - Papoose, “Thug Connection”

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