Barsoni95Hb 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. 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.
Today, I spent my practice time once again constructing freestyles around a list of randomly generated words (via ). Like the Bars on I 95 freestyle past couple of days, I used these random words as a forcing constraint to guide me into new, exploratory freestyle territory.
Over the past few days, I've noticed that I've started to reuse the same kinds of lines, rhymes, and motifs over and over. In a performance, I would typically spend longer with each word and the associated tangents (i.e. filler rhymes), but, for today's sessions, I tried to keep my meandering to a minimum.
Grafh was known for his unbridled personality and graphic wordplay, which prompted some to call him the black Eminem , but those qualities are reflections of his past. During each session, I turned on an instrumental track, generated 50 random words (via ), and started freestyling, incorporating the words into my freestyle.
On the other hand, Tariq better demonstrates the second approach to freestyle rapping: Rhyme-driven Freestyling. You'll notice that I'm often overextending myself in the video, trying to find one too many rhymes for a given word. While his often used billing as the "Black Eminem" may be a bit unjustified, Grafh has an ability to change up vocal pitches and flip lines in ways that most other rappers can't, making him one of the most gifted newcomers in the street game.
In other words, my goal this month is to close my Taste Gap”. Thus, especially at the beginning of the month, I plan to spend a significant amount of time writing rhymes, instead of freestyling them. The challenge of this style of freestyling is quickly crafting the perfect punchline while simultaneously rapping the setup.
As I discussed yesterday , this month, I'm trying to improve my freestyle rapping abilities (effectively from scratch), so that I can continuously freestyle for three minutes. Essentially, in order to effectively land rhymes within a freestyle, you need to source your words directly from your subconscious.
In other words, the instrumental forced me to explore new territory and new possibilities, breaking me out of my metronome rut. These sets of rhymes are centered around the self-referential and very hip motifs of I am a good rapper” and Watch me as I flow so good”.
In particular, I tried to incorporate members of the crowd and people walking by into my rhymes in real-time. In other words, I've never freestyle rapped in front of a group of people before. I would argue that this level of freestyling was in me at the start of the month, and all I have done in the last week is slowly chip away at my inhibitions.
Grafh‘s been relatively quiet in the past few months but that's because he's been locking in. The rapper came through with Blow” ft Benny The Butcher at the top of the year and now, he returns with a little freestyle over an underrated Jay-Z track.Grafh tackles the It's Like That” instrumental on his latest freestyle.