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Do you know what rap rhyme schemes are?
Rap & hip hop music are arguably two of the most popular music genres in the 21st century. As the musical roots of BTS, they inform the band’s musical journey and the story they’re sharing with the world.
A rap rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhymes in a musical bar one rapper uses in their lyrics. Here’s a short video dissecting the rhyme scheme of a rapper BTS is heavily inspired by: Nas. This song inspired BTS’s “If I Ruled the World”.
A rapper may choose any rhyme scheme or pattern they want. When their chosen pattern is spoken out loud, it creates a rhythmic pattern or “flow”. They may choose to use the same scheme or flow throughout the whole song or change it up. Syllable count and stress accent are also some elements that can be taken into consideration when a rapper creates their rhyme scheme.
In this TikTok, you can learn a bit about SUGA’s rhyme scheme in BTS’s “Cypher pt. 3”. Pay attention in the pattern of vowel sounds he repeats.
In “Rhyming Techniques and Identity in Korean Hip Hop“, Jinny Park examines the development and common traits of Korean rhyming techniques.
Want more sources about @BTS_twt and hip hop?
- Kim Youngdae (@toojazzy25)’s BTS: The Review has a chapter called “BTS, the underrated rappers”
- R3’s Issue One roundtable participant Elliot Sang (Twitter @elliotsang)’s articles about RM and j-hope
- Journal of World Popular Music’s Vol. 7, n. 2 is a special issue about Korean Hip-Hop and New Explorations of Afro-Asian Identity, featuring interesting articles and an introduction co-written by #R3_IssueOne participant CedarBough Saeji (Twitter @TheKpopProf)
- Aranya Johar wrote on BTS’s foundation in Hip-Hop
- Guillermina V (@Ladysugarquill) on BTS Rapline’s poetic styles
- Styles, influences & techniques Twitter thread by @novemberain9
- And a cool archived rapline analysis post in the r/bangtan subreddit:
If you have any other recommendations, let us know!