Bars On I 95Hb 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.
Ironically, I use this set of rhymes as a flow maintainer, giving me time to think about where I want to take the freestyle. However, while I was freestyling today, I found my first bridge between two of these pockets, tasting #4 for Bars on I 95 the first time. In fact, in the past week or so, my brain became conditioned to search for rhymes almost all of the time, so there was definitely some casual practice” going on as well that wasn't counted as part of the eleven hours.
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.
Unlike yesterday, rather than focusing on developing my pockets of rhymes , I focused on the rhythmic aspects of my flow. Two days ago , on Thursday, I mentioned that I was going to build my own website for freestyle rap training. Both styles require the near-instant ability to find sensible rhymes while simultaneously rapping, so I've been training this rhyme-finding ability for the past few days.
Today, with the sorted list in hand, but with limited time, I set a timer for 15 minutes, challenging myself to get my website online before the time expired. I'd say about 80-85% of the rhymes were solid, and the rest were a bit mushy. This style of freestyle rapping relies on a standup comedy-style set-up and punchline structure.
My freestyle rhymes. Next, by using a range of different constraints, you need to explore a diverse territory of freestyling topics, rhymes, punchlines, etc. Simply, this part of my training is designed to practice deploying my freestyling vocabulary within an optimizable framework.
In the past twelve days, something has become apparent: It's very hard to hide while freestyling rapping. In fact, if I let myself freestyle around each word more topically, I think I can turn this slightly bumpy rhyming exercise into a compelling freestyle that lands essentially all of its rhymes.
In the next few days, with a bit more practice with both and , I should be able to perform a freestyle that remains fully in the very cool” zone the whole time. I have plenty of time to get comfortable and relax into my voice, and if I don't, maybe I should just embrace my less traditional rapping voice.
These rhymes are a bit softer, but with a little vowel-bending, it's no problem. In other words, when I'm freestyling, I can greatly reduce the complexity of the rhyme I need to find, just by using the word it” to rhyme with the last syllable of these kinds of words.
Nevertheless, there seems to be two main reasons why this month didn't require too much training time: 1. A large part of becoming a better freestyle rapper is simply committing to freestyle in a serious and unfiltered way, and 2. In a typical, fully-focused, 15-minute training session, I could work through about 200 rhymes, which is significant, especially since I found the English language to be highly contained in terms of word types and rhyme types.