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to any of yawll rappers, do you got some good wordplay that youve came up with, i find it SO HARD, to come up with wordplay
A fellow board member from Rapmusic.com broke down the conept of the word and even included some good examples.
Wordplay is a concept that a lot of people stretch and misuse. Hopefully by tha time you finish readin' this the uses as well as misuses will be distinctly more apparent. It’s hard to tell someone how to wordplay, as this has to be done on your own, but what I can tell you is how ta properly use wordplay an' how ta keep from forcin' it.
Example: make ya O², like tha oxygen ya wasted/ (0-2)
Example: Titanic’s the sixth sense, icy dead people/ (I see)
Example: like robin hood, ya just found out ya marry men/ (merry)
This is my most effective punchplay method. By use of double meanings you are connecting two homophones(your wordplay)into a punch. Notice that I said homophones. This does not in words that pretty much sound like another. To find out if ya own creations are forced, go through syllable by syllable and if any one syllable doesn’t match it’s counterpart, it is indeed forced.
Example: What took you twenty, I in-ten-did/ (intended)
Example: All new? All blue? This kid’s walkin' crip-tonight/ (kryptonite)
Example: Wearin ya out, just another casual-tee/ (casualty)
When splicing a word into two separates you must use a hyphen ta show connection. These are the easiest wordplays to start with considering all you are essentially doin' is dividin' a word into syllables an' connectin' tha different syllables in altered ways. Again, go syllable by syllable ta find any forces. It isn’t required that any homophones be found in these wordplays ta justify it as wordplay, but they do make it that much more inventive.
Example: Like pregnant christians, ya never de-fetus kids/ (defeat us)
Example: Must be on tha budget phone service cause ya clique inactive/ (click in active)
When combinin' words you may or may not find it necessary to use hyphens, strictly up ta tha emcee. These can pack a powerful punch just as all wordplay can, but once again, be careful not ta force. All that is required from this type of wordplay is that words be adjoined, though homophones within help periodically.
WHAT WORDPLAY ISN’T
Example: Like night of the livin' dead, I’m layin' off this coroner/
Example: I got more deaf lines than Beethoven/
Example: Hump hoes like egore’s daughters/
These are punches, clever ones at that, but they aren’t wordplay. A punch is generally a comparison of some sort poking fun at someone or something, or making a clever statement of some sort.
For a lot of text rhymers, this is tha highlight of tha verse, when someone flips a phrase two different ways makin' everyone go “GOT DAYUM!!”
Messin' wit ME?
You’ll have a lot of problems on ya hands like cheatin' in algebra
just sends a shiver up ya spine, don’t it? But let’s start at tha beginnin'. First, what’s a punchline?
A lot of people call punchlines metaphores, but actually a metaphore is an association between two things made without the usage of the words “like” or “as”…(remember English class, now?)
So sayin' something like, “I’ll beat you like an egg” isn’t a metaphore. When you use “like” or “as”, it’s called a simile.
Similes are very prominent in battle raps, although they don’t necessarily have to be. It’s all up ta tha rhymers whim. But seeing as how this is a punchline class, let me continue.
Tha best way ta get good at usin' similies is ta practice. Play around wit words an' tha different meanings that they can have. The english language is full of them.
a snail-like creature
the slang term for a fired bullet
a man; friend
Tha best way ta use similies is at the end of tha line they are in. I have found they are noticed better there and the build up is greater.
I usually write a set up line first and then my line wit tha similie:
I’m tha only computer user that’s abusin' loser’s in brawls; nueterin ya'll
I’ll take my rhymes and shove my tale ‘tween ya legs like a cowardly dog
This is reletively simple compared to what cats on here are doin' here on a daily basis. But ya get tha idea. Here I used tha double meaning the word ‘tale’ has as well as the double meaning that ‘dog’ has. Read a dictionary, they give double meanings to words all the time, for the rest ya just have ta be imaginative.
A real metaphore is more simple, you just liken the person, or yourself, or WHATEVER, without using ‘like’ or ‘as’
“Emcees are similies, always "liking” “ass”"
Haha, I kinda like that one. Emcees are similies, get it?*
I pride myself on wordplay…
“No one can battle me so, fuck the formalities yo, cuz cant noone but God bless me like some allergies.”
SLUMS comin through lookin clean with some wisdom…
Unfortunately, I can’t really help with this. I have exercises that I use to explain rhyming and punchlines to people, but wordplay is something that just happens. Ultimately, a lot of it’s about saying stuff that just sounds cool.
SLUMS went in harrrrrd :D
It’s dope that you could break it down. A lot of word play in rap is just a lot of clever-ass puns.
Who is better, Hopsin or Kendrick Lamar
Dude shut the fuck up^