Bars On I 95 FreestyleQueens rapper Grafh freestyles on Bars On I-95. In fact, I can imagine, in an alternate universe, using other people's music as a major component to my freestyle training — especially since, compared to actually freestyling, listening to music is such a passive, mobile activity and more comfortably indulged in out in public.
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.
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.
It's the last day of September, which means it's time to look back and see just how much time I spent on this month's challenge. Basically, my taste is aggressively skewed towards rhyme complexity, wordplay, and sonic performance, which means I much prefer to develop my rhyme-driven freestyling abilities this month.
Force myself to practice with a calmer demeanor immediately, likely inhibiting the speed of my rhyme crafting in the short-term, but requiring my brain to quickly adapt to the new circumstances. It's tempting for me to want to present very polished freestyles, which would require that I start consolidating the topics I rap about.
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 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.
Still, it seems that, for most words, especially when excluding proper nouns, I can find a decent rhyme or two in real-time, which I'm quite pleased about. First, it's very easy to make two words with the same vowel-sounds, but different consonants, rhyme.
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.