The Art Of Rhyme Writing

The Art of Rhyme Writing

In order to be a great rapper, you have to have an understanding of how to write rhymes. Mastering rhyme schemes and learning how to utilize slant and near rhymes comes with time and practice, and there are many ways to go about learning the skill. We wanted to explore how different rappers go about writing their rhymes, since the art of rhyming is so crucial to an emcee's style. So we interviewed two of our own Flocab artists, and broke down some bars formulaically.

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  • November 2, 2009

Straight out of the classroom: Teachers and students submit (awesome) academic raps

Welcome to November, Hip-Hop Classroom. We had to post these raps - fresh in from Loudon, VA and Cheshire, CT. First, we have a truly top-notch rap about the Vietnam War from Ms. Zecher in Sterlin, VA. The key content/vocabulary is even in bold, just like Flocabulary. Fantastic work Jen Zecher - let's get this on wax! Up next, 5th graders from Doolittle School in Cheshire, CT created a rap about science of sound concepts. We love it! Here's what teacher Tracy Ajello wrote when she submitted the rhymes: "Hi, my fifth graders wrote this rap to teach about grade…

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  • September 15, 2009

Students Receive Awards From New Jersey Governor Corzine for Creating a Flocabulary Rap Video

To celebrate New Jersey's 345th Birthday, a special ceremony was held at the State Museum of New Jersey on June 24, 2009. Dignitaries in attendance included Governor Corzine, Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Well, and the Commissioner of Education Lucille E. Davy. At the ceremony, Belleveville High School students Juan Lisojo and Simeon Knafo received Governor's Awards for their production of an educational rap video featuring Flocabulary's song and lyrics from "Ghosts of the Civil War" (Hip-Hop U.S. History). Belleville High School teachers Mr. Sheridan, Mr. Ross and Mr. Klotzkin worked with the students to create the video. Check it…

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Indianapolis 6th Grade Class Uses Hip-Hop To Get on Top

Whoa - we just got word of a school putting out one extraordinary academics-based rap music video after another! The 6th graders at Lew Wallace Elementary in Indianapolis, IN, have been busy this past year, creating songs and videos that cover everything from atomic structure to the dangers of drug use. Check out the "Bacteria Rap" or a great track about "Animal Relationships" Flocabulary commends these students and their teacher, Damon E. Jennings, for their work. All of the videos (available on Mr. Jennings' YouTube channel) are great, and serve as examples of the possibilities for using Hip-Hop as a…

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Student's Flocab-Style Rap, "A New Best Friend"

Anyone that's ever walked out of a pet store with a "new best friend" can relate... 8th grader Fiorella Nicoloso of Incarnation Catholic School (Sarasota, FL) wrote this phenomenal rap/song using tough vocabulary words. Incorporating academic content into your own artistic creations - be they poems, songs or raps - is an unbeatable way to make sure you really know your stuff. We hope everyone enjoys this. Big Up, Fiorella! ----------------- “A New Best Friend” As I walked down the street to the pet store one day, I thought about what kind of pet I’d want to stay. Would I…

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