M2M Day 308: The art of rhyming & the scientific approach to getting better

This post is part of Month to Master, a 12-month accelerated learning project. For September, my goal is to continuously freestyle rap for three minutes.

Yesterday, I described the two styles of freestyle rapping: The punchline-driven approach and the rhyme-driven approach.

Both styles require the near-instant ability to find sensible rhymes while simultaneously rapping, so I’ve been training this rhyme-finding ability for the past few days.

Here’s my process:

  1. Set a metronome to 60 BPM (my current practice tempo). I’m using the built-in metronome on Google’s search results page.

2. Next, use RandomWordGenerator.com to generate random words. Specifically, generate five words at a time, all of which should have two syllables.

3. Finally, start rapping, incorporating each of the five words into the freestyle. Importantly, each of the listed words needs to be the punchline rhyme (i.e. the second rhyme of the rhyming pair), so a set-up rhyme needs to be crafted first. This requires very quick thinking, which is ultimately the capacity I’m training.

All together, here’s the result:

This is certainly an improvement on my video from a few days ago. In fact, there are a few moments that are half decent (and also some moments that aren’t).

Over the next few days, I’ll ramp up the speed of the metronome and see if I can keep up.

Side note: I seemed to have developed a tic, where I constantly use the word “spitting” in reference to “spitting rhymes” (i.e. freestyle rapping). I’m not sure if this is a bad thing or something I should try to avoid, but I thought I should at least acknowledge it.

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Max Deutsch is a product manager at Intuit, the creator of Somebody.io and Rightspeed, and the guinea pig for Month to Master.

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