A rap rhyme scheme is the arrangement or pattern of rhymes found in a rap verse or hip hop lyrics. In this scenario, people commonly refer to this by using letters to indicate which lines rhyme and which do not—lines beginning with the same letter all rhyme.

If you want to improve at rhyming the rap, stick with this blog post till the end. There are four types of rhymes in rap. We have explained each of them and how you can get better at each of them:

“Perfect” Rhymes

The Perfect Rhyme is an essential fundamental building block of rhyming in rap style. A perfect rhyme occurs when two words rhyme EXACTLY as we were taught in school.

Each word ENDS the same way and is spoken in the same way, so the words sound identical, except for the beginning of the term, which is slightly different... For instance, "bill" and "will." The sole distinction between those two terms is the initial letter. Another good example is “jack” and “rack”.

When you pick up a rhyming dictionary, you frequently only discover these rhymes, which restricts your creativity. Therefore, we recommend avoiding using them as a crutch from the start.

If you want to be a WORLD-CLASS rapper like Eminem or Jay-Z, you must think outside the box when it comes to rhyming.

“Slant” or “Stretch” Rhymes

These are "near perfect" rhymes; they sound almost similar to the "perfect" rhymes when repeated aloud. They are not "perfect" since the word endings differ.

To return to the example, "bill" perfectly rhymes with "will," but it can also be a Stretch rhyme with "deal" if you slightly adjust your accent. Similarly, "black" rhymes perfectly with "jack"... However, Slant might rhyme with "mad."

When you start experimenting with Slant or Stretch rhymes instead of perfect rhymes, you will open up a whole new universe of possibilities for the storylines and punchlines you can deliver with your raps.

“Multisyllable Rhymes”

Now that you understand what a perfect rhyme and a stretch rhyme are, you may "STACK" rhymes together to give the sense of greater COMPLEXITY in your rhyming vocabulary while you rap by employing what is known as "multi-syllable rhymes".

A multi-syllable rhyme is one in which MULTIPLE SYLLABLES rhyme in a row.
For example, "If you do not pay me... I WILL inflict pain on you"... "Give me my money, and I'll show you the BILL." The syllables before "bill" and "will" look complicated.

"If you do not pay me...  We will have ILL WILL / Give me money or I'll KILL BILL." Take note of how we now have two excellent rhymes back to back.
As a result, we're rhyming numerous syllables. Don't assume you have to perform just multi-syllable PERFECT rhymes. STRETCH rhymes with several syllables can also be rhymed.

You COULD rhyme PERFECT multi-syllable rhymes like... "I just hit the JACKPOT / More money than a CRACK SPOT" ."I just hit the JACKPOT / 'Cause my rhymes went MAD BOP," you can also say this. "Mad" and "Bop" are SLANT rhymes for "JACK" and "POT,".

However, because many syllables are rhymed, it sounds more complicated.

Internal Rhymes

The final idea we'll cover today is "internal rhymes," or rhymes that appear at the start of each "bar" or "line of rap"... and create the impression of even MORE "stacking" within a rhyme.

So, returning to our "will / bill" rhyming scheme:                                                 Instead of just saying, "If you don't pay me... we're going to have ILL WILL / Give me my money, or I'll go KILL BILL,"

"Give me a REAL DEAL...," you might say. Otherwise, we're going to have ILL WILL / Give me money or I'm going to KILL BILL".  Notice how, by using the "real deal" rhyme structure at the start, the rap sounds ten times more ADVANCED and LAYERED?

Here's another:
rather than stating...

"I just hit the JACKPOT / 'Cause my rhymes became MAD BOP," he says. You might express something like... using INTERNAL rhymes.

"I'm BACK with 10 RACKS now; I just hit the JACKPOT / The STATS I STACK are 'cuz my RAPS went MAD BAP."

Using the "internal rhyme stacking" notion... I just took a simple bar and converted it into what many people would consider sophisticated rhyming.

We hope this blog post will help you rhyme better and improve.

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