At his best, Riff Raff is easily one of the more interesting and fun rap writers right now. One of the ways he does this is by forcing rhymes within a bar. So, a regular rap line might go like:
Where the ~ are the words before a rhyme. So, a rapper might rap a bunch of shit and hit an end rhyme. Usually, Line 1 and Line 2 are dependant on each other for meaning. The writer has lots of space to fully get through whatever idea it is that connects those lines. Riff Raff (and Gucci before him) sometimes break a bar into halves and build meaning within a line. This causes individual lines to be longer on average but cuts the amount of space needed to communicate something in half. So, a generic Riff Raff line might look like:
The song above, WorldStar (the title is an ode to WSHH and a reference to himself as a globetrotter I think) displays this technique. And it’s fun to listen to:
Tasers, house full of Lasers
Mouth full of Glaciers, outskirts of Asia
Medication, deep thoughts Meditation
Pay me for a Favor, rap game Joe Frazier
Ain’t nothin to it, dip a stick of embalming fluid
Cuttin coke in a Buick, rap game Martha Stewart
Now imma be a nice nerd, the Benz look like a iceberg
I was a day, vice verse, two time, twice words
Swung through east Swizterland in a dope fiend rental
crushing instrumental even without the pen and pencil
Ya whole squad garbage, I see why you lethargic
swung through the olive garden, gimme egyptian massages
Now you can go and hate me, but you can’t navigate me
a 10 is what they rate me, ya sister wanna rape me
All of these are 2-syllable rhymes (2 rhyming syllables, not 2-syllable long rhyming words) and I suppose it’s because anything longer would cause:
- Loss of flow.
- Uninteresting forcing of ideas.
Riff Raff has a real buttery flow that comes directly from how he writes his lines. He gets as many ideas into a line as possible (“I done shook dice with Larry Bird in Barcelona”) which to me is a sign of great writing (brevity and all that). Creatively, there aren’t many guys that can rap like this and enjoy it. To reverse engineer something like this requires learning what kind of internal techniques he uses. There’s a finite amount of really good ways to do this. One of them seems to be:
So, assuming those are all rhymes, now I can program a little thing to give all rhyming words from these categories. The idea being, putting together some rhymes from different categories can mechanize the cognitive process of making absurd rhymes. Check it out here:
Click on the picture to get other results for the same rhyme scheme following the same ideas.