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How to Write a Solid 16

Bar VerseAn explanation of bars in writing rap versesby Carlos Bonett

canada goose outlet florida This article is about developing bars as a technique in writing raps. I have received canada goose coats the question, “What uk canada goose outlet are bars?” on many occasions and have briefly touched on the subject in a previous MC Improvement Article/visitor e mail. In this article I will expand on the topic as well as describe an effective way of writing a solid 16 bar verse. canada goose outlet florida

canada goose protest uk Well bars are simply a form of dividing a verse into segments. Each segment, or “bar”, consists of one line. The following is an example of two bars by Jay Z: canada goose protest uk

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As you can see both “lines” or “bars” rhyme at the end. This is usually the case, but as verses are created more and more organically by artists (read: freestyled) they many times won’t end so picture perfect don’t worry about that for now. In case you’re a little confused, you’ll get a clearer picture through future articles.

canada goose factory sale If you’re a hip hop fan, you have undoubtedly heard the term, “16 bars” at some point. Maybe something along the lines of, “Nas dropped a sick 16 bars on that mixtape.” canada goose factory sale

The reason that “16” became the standard is because the music industry strategically determines the most effective duration of a typical song. Usually Canada Goose sale the shorter the song is, the better for the record’s success. The shorter the song is, the more times that it can be played canada goose factory sale on the radio, the more times that it can be played on the radio, the more popular the song will become, the more popular the song becomes get the picture.

Also taken Canada Goose Jackets into account was the average amount of time a run of the mill listener would wait between hooks before becoming tired. You have to keep in mind that canada goose uk black friday not all listeners are looking out for the real substance of the song (the verses) but instead merely tune in to listen to the beat and the chorus. A verse that’s too short will leave something to be desired (substance) and/or may grow old fast (since the hook/chorus will be played more frequently). A verse that’s too long will lose many mainstream listener’s attention.

canada goose outlet jackets So in time, the typical “16 bar” format was created. About the same time, the typical 8 bar chorus came into popularity in hip hop. This was long ago mean little. Don’t get this confused, though every song sticks to the 16’s and 8’s formula. Ghostface Killah came out with the single, “All That I Got Is You” which was one long verse one long hook at the end. Therefore, a lot of songs vary from the classic 3 verse and 3 hook layout, and they even Canada Goose online vary from the classic 3 minute a song set up. Some songs are 7 minutes long. But if you pay attention, most of these “odd” songs are usually not released as singles and if they are, they are usually released by more well known artists with a well established fan base. The fact is that most pop or “popular” songs still follow the typical format most preferred by the radio and recording industry that is the “16 bar verse” and the “3 verse” format. (Note: Actually, with the increased popularity of catchy “breaks” “bridges” and “hooks”, artists are increasingly neglecting the 3rd verse of their songs.) canada goose outlet jackets

In case you’re wondering, the radio industry prefers shorter songs so that they can vary their playlist in order to reach more listeners. Reaching more listeners and keeping more uk canada goose listeners is important to radio stations so that the advertising spots they offer are attractive to advertisers.

canada goose factory outlet There are even radio stations that have been known to speed up the pace of their songs so as to shorten their length of play course these songs tend to sound nothing like they were intended to, but that’s the cost they are willing to take. canada goose factory outlet

So how should you go about writing the actual 16 bars? Well, there’s two broad methods; to a beat, or without a beat. I recommend you write any verse to a beat. Firstly, because a lot of beats follow very similarly timed or even exactly similar drum patterns, therefore, one of your verses may be Canada Goose Online able to adapt very smoothly to various beats. Second, and more importantly, when you write to a beat that you’re listening to, you can more easily play with your bars. By that I mean you can stretch your words or adjust your flow and say something like:

“Shopping sprees, coppin’ three, deuce Beamer IS’s

Fully loaded yes! (haha)” Jay Z

That was from “Can’t Knock The Hustle” and when Jay Z was at the top of his game lyrically (in my humble opinion). But, you can see how his pause during that second bar built up the punch line to that lyric. This is facilitated by listening to a beat while putting together your verse.

canada goose outlet montreal address You can also canada goose outlet choose to just write. Forget canadian goose jacket the beat, just write. A lot of times we don’t have the luxury of having a beat playing when creativity strikes. That’s ok can make it work anyway. If you are intending to put together a whole verse, however, it is best to at least have a beat in your head if not in your ears. And I don’t mean a popular rap beat, necessarily a simple drumbeat will do. The idea is to have something in mind that you can bounce to you find yourself bopping your head while you’re formulating a rhyme good! canada goose outlet montreal address

When you write lyrics, there is a very important principle which will benefit many of you to understand. It has already been made clear that bars tend to rhyme at the end (mostly). But what about the center? Though rhymes don’t necessarily need to rhyme in the canada goose store middle (meaning the middle of the first bar rhymes with the middle of the second), there does many times seem to be a pattern to the emphasis throughout bars. By this I mean canada goose coats on sale that there are usually two emphases (or accents) in each bar.

Usually, somewhere during the middle of a bar there is a break, a pause, or an emphasis in a syllable, and then there is another similar emphasis towards the end of the bar. A good example would be 50 Cent’s second verse from “In Da Club”:.

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