Lose Yourself – Rhyme Scheme

Rapping is very fun to do especially when you figure out the different techniques, patterns and rhyme schemes, you can play around with single, double or triple rhymes and for the advanced scholars internal rhymes and whole lining gets you extra points. Lets look at the Eminem Loose Yourself verse, I used this verse because its easy to breakdown and understand how the rhymes are formulated:

Loose Yourself – Eminem


Yo! His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There’s vomit on his sweater already: Mom’s spaghetti
He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out
He’s choking, how? Everybody’s joking now
The clock’s run out, time’s up, overblaow!
Snap back to reality, oh, there goes gravity, oh
There goes Rabbit, he choked, he’s so mad, but he won’t
Give up that easy, no, he won’t have it, he knows
His whole back’s to these ropes, it don’t matter, he’s dope
He knows that, but he’s broke, he’s so stagnant, he knows
When he goes back to this mobile home, that’s when it’s
Back to the lab again, yo! This whole rhapsody
Better go capture this moment and hope it don’t pass him

[End of Verse]

Pro Tip:

If you don’t know what to write about, let your mind flow and give you random words and imagery, write them down in no particular order, then check to see if the words are guiding you in a specific direction or pointing you towards a theme, sometimes writing a random verse will inspire you to write something that is more specific and worth recording.


Graffiti South Africa

appwikc - Graffiti South Africa the history - CityGraffiti is one of the most interesting elements of the Hip Hop movement and some would claim it came before the beats and the rhymes, used as a means to point out the ills in society or to turn a dark alley into a brightly coloured section of the city, it is met with open arms by the creative community and with fire and brimstones by government, here’s what Dave Mann says about graffiti below:

Graffiti in South Africa has always been a contentious topic. It’s been called public art, vandalism, a tool for social change, a gateway to further crime and urban degradation—essentially, it’s an artform with various symbolic meanings and is only recently experiencing widespread corporate backing and interest in the public sphere.

appwikc - Graffiti South Africa the historyTo go back a few decades – around the 80s to be precise – would find you in the origins of South African graffiti. It was the days before Montana cans with specialised caps that aid in finer lines and less drips. The days of Sprayon bought cheap from hardware stores, thrown haphazardly into a backpack to rattle around as you made your way trackside to paint the fresh steel of the city’s trains. The style was crude and unrefined, copied out of international graffiti books like Subway Art and Spraycan Art by documentarians like Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper, rare commodities in SA at the time. Back then the writing on the wall came in the form of a few big names—Gogga, Falko, and MakOne1 amongst others. Much of the graffiti was political, marking the white walls of the apartheid regime and calling for the release of political prisoners. It was a time that many of today’s established graffiti writers look back on as their inspiration.

If you like this topic check out Graffiti South Africa by Cale Waddacor: (graffitisouthafrica.com)

Mann, Dave. “From Tags to Murals – South African Graffiti’s Move into the Accepted Public Eye.” Between 10 and 5, 28 Mar. 2016, 10and5.com/2016/02/25/from-tags-to-murals-south-african-graffitis-move-into-the-accepted-public-eye/.



As an artist you will have to familiarize yourself with some of the technicalities of the music business, and the terminology used, we borrow the below definition of a composer and the rights that you are entitled to from Wikipedia and SAMRO:

appwikc - Akai MPCA composer is a musician who is an author of music in any form, including vocal music (for a singer or choir), instrumental music, electronic music, and music which combines multiple forms. A composer may create music in any musical genre, including, for example, classical music, musical theatre, blues, folk music, jazz, and pop, hip hop, R&B.

As a composer, there are a number of rights that vest within your compositions. SAMRO administers what is known as Performing Rights, and control what happens when your music is performed in public. Mechanical Rights are another form of music right that come into play when your music is reproduced. In South Africa, Mechanical Rights are administered by the Composers, Authors & Publishers Association (CAPASSO). From 2014 onward, composers need to join CAPASSO as members in order to enjoy the benefits from their Mechanical Rights.

“Composer.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Jan. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composer.
“MUSIC CREATOR.” Music Creator | SAMRO, www.samro.org.za/music-creator.