It’s a Stoner’s Night

Such a beautiful song.  Juicy J is incredible at consistently hitting the listener with bars that fit perfectly in the space provided by the beat.  What I mean by this is that, on a bar-by-bar basis, his lines are consistent in length.  It’s one of the things that made Lemonade such an awesome track.  So I decided to calculate the variance of bar length.  Variance is defined as:

a measure of how far a set of numbers are spread out from each other.

The smaller the number, the more consistent the track.  Here’s some numbers from random songs:

Notice Juicy J and Gucci, bother hovering around 1.40 in syllable variance, are the lowest by quite a lot.  I think this is a trend we’d see over a big sample size.  Gucci and Juicy J’s sound is largely characterized by their writing styles.  There’s a rhythm built by this repetition and structure that’s very fun to listen to.

50’s number surprised me but it makes sense.  Unlike Gucci, 50 operates between a singy-songy voice and a rap voice in his rapping bars.  So, while a rapping couplet might be on average about 15 syllables long, he’ll have a few rhyming bars that are 8 to 10 syllables long.  He maintains rhythm by switching to a singy song voice.  In If I Can’t:



2 thoughts on “It’s a Stoner’s Night

  1. WE TRIPPY MANE says:

    Juicy is rappin his ass off lately

  2. […] together rhythmically, it’d be fun.  His lines are really short (~9 syllables/line) and the variation in line length is huge.  His syllable per line variance is ~3.12 syllables.  This shows that, even with short lines on […]

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