Bars On I 95 FreestyleQueens rapper Grafh freestyles on Bars On I-95. However, now, I'm not sure if this assessment was totally true: For the past week, I haven't practiced freestyling much tethered to a word list, and returning to it today (first, in the morning with , and then later with ), I found it to be more challenging than I remember.
Today, I spent my practice time once again constructing freestyles around a list of randomly generated words (via ). Like the Barsoni95 past couple of days, I used these random words as a forcing constraint to guide me into new, exploratory freestyle territory.
But, today, I decided I should listen to some rap music for inspiration, ultimately putting on the Chance the Rapper Pandora station. This is exactly how I feel about my freestyle challenge: I have a particular taste for the freestyling artform, and would love to develop the abilities to create this specific kind of art.
Over the month, I practiced in 41 discreet sessions spread over 26 days, with one or two sessions per day. In other words, it seems that writing is often the best way to build up a lexicon of rhymes, ideas, and punchlines that can be used within a freestyle.
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.
In other words, I should aim to land each line on a rhyme, but this isn't an absolute requirement. Still, it is amusing to realize that, during this entire freestyle rapping challenge, I only first listened to another artist perform with two days left in the month.
In fact, many of my freestyling sessions have been highly therapeutic: I've been able to rawly address the topics that are buried a bit deeper in my mind, which is not something I expected when I entered the tough guy world of rhyme-spitting. In general, in my mind, there are two main approaches to freestyle rapping, which are nicely demonstrated in the video below.
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.
Over the past week, I've practiced freestyle rapping to the unexciting drone of a metronome. Continuous flow means that there are no hiccups or awkward breaks in my freestyle, just a smooth constant flow of words for 3 minutes. Queens rapper Grafh freestyles on Bars On I-95.
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.