No other new rapper gives me the kind of insight into rhyming that I need to go forward with this project than Earl Sweatshirt. He’s already mastered assonance with the low syllable per word average that makes for a compelling listen. More than anything, his rhyming on the song ‘Earl’ helped me develop a thing I’m going to call Step Theory. The idea behind it is, multi-syllabic rhyming sounds a lot better when it’s not mechanically done in a Endrhyme+Endrhyme boring fashion but rather with like sounding vowels used sporadically (assonance) to create a nice overall sound. See the first few bars from ‘Earl’:
“Yo, I’m a hot and bothered astronaut crashin’ while
Jackin’ off to bufferin’ vids of Asher Roth eatin’ apple sauce
Sent to Earth to poke Catholics in the ass with saws
And knock blunt ashes into their caskets and laugh it off”
He’s using the assonance of certain words to build the overall rhyme scheme. Peep this infographic I made:
With the new STEPS on www.rapmetrics.com the goal is to acheive the same kind of rhyme building idea.
So, let’s build using Steps on the rhyme dictionary. Remember Earl went Hot –> Bothered –> Astronaut. Because rapmetrics works on giving randomized fresh results, we can see where the HOT rhyme can take us using steps.
1. First we search for words that rhyme with HOT:
There we go! We just built a cool rhyme scheme that goes Hot –> Orphaned –> Properties!
EDIT: Jus realized my infographic is kind of fucked up but I’m not fixing it. You get the idea.