I bring up 50 again because to me his ability to structure his music is something I believe listeners inherently pick up on but is rarely discussed. More than anything, his ability to make great hooks is what sets him apart from most artists. Along with great production, it’s what carried Get Rich or Die Trying as an album. On that album he had five singles, four of which he was on the hook for. Here are the hooks:
In Da Club:
You can find me in the club, bottle full of bub' Look mami I got the X if you into takin drugs I'm into havin sex, I ain't into makin love So come gimme a hug, if you're into gettin rubbed
If I Can’t:
If I can't do it, homey, it can't be done Now I'ma let the champagne bottle pop I'ma take it to the top Fo sho I'ma make it hot
Wanksta:You said you a gangsta but you neva pop nuttin You said you a wanksta and you need to stop frontin' You go to the dealership but you neva cop nuttin' You been hustlin a long time and you ain't got nuttin
P.I.M.P:I don't know what you heard about me But a bitch can't get a dollar out of me No Cadillac, no perms, you can't see That I'm a motherfucking P-I-M-P
Notice that first and foremost, all of these hooks are four bars in length. The End Pairs Even value is 62.5% which means he’s doing a great job of keeping rhyming bars very close to each other in length. He maintains his low syllable per word count here with an average of 1.25 syllables/word. 50 Cent seems to make sure he rhymes the heck out the ending of each line in his hooks with his Average End Score of 7.23 (which measures the average similarity score of the final rhyme on each line based on a probability score).
So, constructing the 50 cent hook is like this:
- Make it 4 bars in length.
- Keep rhyming bars similar to each other in length.
- Make sure you have a nice rhyming multi at the end.
- Keep your syllables/word low.
That’s it! It helps if you’re talented as heck and have one of the best production teams ever behind you too.Advertisements