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How to Rap Like: Eminem

 

In this article I will analyze, decipher and emulate the rapping style of Eminem.

Who is Eminem

Eminem is one of the most controversial and popular rap artist of our time. He is being ridiculed and attacked from more than one cirle of society, while at the same time, he is being able to break the charts and shatter the sales records at will.

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Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, is a white rapper who managed to pierce the hip-hop industry. At the time of his come-up, this feat was close to impossible, because the public associated rap with the black and they couldn't see how a skinny white kid from Detroit can win votes, but he did it and that's why he qualifies to be the rapper who's gonna be closely examined in this article.

Song Material

I chose to analyze Eminem's flow in the song used as the main soundtrack for his autobiographical movie "8th Mile"- Lose Yourself. The reason I'm going to analyze this song is because it became one of his trademark songs. It contains catchy musical patterns, witty bars, emotion and purpose. It has millions of views on youtube, it contributed greatly to the marketing campaign promoting the movie and I personally find it motivational and inspiring.

Verse Extraction

I will pick the first verse, write it down in a quatrain fashion and begin my features analysis. Verse Extraction is essential when studying someone else's flow, because the verse is the place where he is showcasing all the technique he knows. Its the place where he reveals his rhymes and musical patterns and everything. The truth is that if you know what to look for, you can truly master someone else's style. Now the verse:

(First Quatrain)
His palms are sweaty, knees weak arms are heavy There's vomit
on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti He's nervous,
but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop
bombs, but he keeps on forgetting what he

(Second Quatrain)
wrote down the whole crowd goes so loud He
opens his mouth but the words won't come out,
He's choking how, everybody's joking now,
The clock's run out, time's up, over bloah !Snap

(Third Quatrain)
back to reality Oh, there goes gravity
Oh, there goes Rabbit he choked, He's so mad but he
won't, give up that Easy no, He won't have it
he knows, his whole back's to these ropes, It don't matter

(Last Quatrain)
he's dope, He knows that but he's broke,  He's so stagnant
he knows When he goes back to his mobile home that's when it's,
Back to the lab again yo, This whole rhapsody
He better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him

Features Analysis

Right from the start you can see the level of complexity used in this song.

In the first quatrain:

His palms are sweaty, knees weak arms are heavy There's vomit
on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti He's nervous,
but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop
bombs, but he keeps on forgetting what he

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He employs the wordplay technique, combined with the Big L technique for compound rhymes.
Palms are sweaty acts as the main compound rhyme. You can see that throughout this quatrain he is just adding new rhyme words to this rhyme. For example: Arms are heavy, sweater already, calm and ready, on forgetting.

Now in order for him to make it interesting, he squeezes in other compound rhymes, which act as the secondary rhymes, bring there to just increase the intricacy of the flow. That's the flow diagram of this quatrain.

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12-palms are sweaty, arms are heavy, sweater already, mom's spaghetti, calm and ready, on forgetting
33-knees weak
4-nervious, surface

First Quatrain Rhyming Pattern

12, 3312
12,12 4,
4 12
,12

Further Reading: Quatrain Analysis(Big L-Danger Zone)

In the second Quatrain:

wrote down the whole crowd goes so loud He
opens his mouth but the words won't come out,
He's choking how, everybody's joking now,
The clock's run out, time's up, over bloah !Snap

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Here you can see that the primary compound rhyme is wrote down. The whole quatrain is based upon this compound rhyme. Even though in the end, he is twisting the rhyme a bit, making it more of a sound rhyme, he is still using only one main compound rhyme for the creating of this quatrain.

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12-wrote down, whole crowd, goes so loud, open his mouth, come out, choking how, joking now, run out, over bloah

Second Quatrain Rhyming Pattern

12 12 12
12 12
12, 12
12, ,12

Further Reading: Why Was It Successful(Eminem-My Name Is)

In the third Quatrain:

back to reality Oh, there goes gravity
Oh, there goes Rabbit he choked, He's so mad but he
won't, give up that Easy no, He won't have it
he knows, his whole back's to these ropes, It don't matter

emin

That's a musical pattern. Now it's a bit more complicated so follow me. You can see that the main compound rhyme is reality Oh. However, the way he says the rhyme makes it a musical pattern, because he puts more stress on the OH. Its really easy once you try it yourself. Its pretty much a repetition of a sound. Did I miss something? Yes..His main rhyme is not 2 words long, its 3!. That's incredibly difficult to do technically and when you add the meaning of the lyrics, its pretty genius.
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23-reality Oh, gravity Oh, rabbit he choked, he wont, easy no, he knows, these ropes
1-back, mad, that, have, back,
4-goes, goes, whole

Third Quatrain Rhyming Pattern

123, 42
3, 423,12
3, 123, 12
3, 4123

Further Reading: Eminem Beautiful Lyrics Analyzer

In the last quatrain:

he's dope, He knows that but he's broke,  He's so stagnant
he knows When he goes back to his mobile home that's when it's,
Back to the lab again yo, This whole rhapsody
He better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him

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You can see that he keeps on using the rhyme scheme from the third quatrain in the beginning-first couplet.
He then finishes off with a little sound scheme lasting two bars.
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23-he's dope, he's broke,
4-knows,knows, goes, mobile, home,yo,whole,moment hope
1-stagnant,back, lap,capture, pass

Last Quatrain Rhyming Pattern

23, 423, 1
4444 55,
114, 41
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Practice and master the techniques presented in this article. I wish you luck.

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  • Shady Jr.
    December 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Imma new talent,a naive dude,
    Your doom,don’t wanna be rude,cuz
    When I’m rappin you don’t get easily off it,
    When I’m rappin, you can’t do anything but laugh it,oh man
    When I was dead,someone taught me,the guy on the TV named Stan,
    Oh why not,dude? Yes you can!
    Cos you’re the real Shady Fan!
    Thank you

    Reply

  • Mav
    December 14, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I got this rap thing tight in my hands,
    While running away from a knifed man,
    You gotta I understand that I might not give a damn,
    I laugh when you swear at me like a bellend, cos you look like a right old woman,
    If you came With a rap group people would be ashamed and start shouting ‘Boo Them!’
    I’d be in the backseats laughing my head off while on the phone to a taxi,
    Then get scared after some chick reaches other and smacks me…

    Reply

  • Lui
    October 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Im about to end your career, check it.
    Boom, Pow… POP
    OOOOOHHHHHH!!

    Reply

  • lui
    September 26, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Every second somebody listens to my lyrics I push the limit by 30 minutes, just to see how many kids I can lift with this pen scribbling all over this page like little children still playing with toys while listening to their teachers

    Reply

  • Rainlad
    September 10, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I am extraordinary like inch in d pussy and i am ntin like a menstrual bleed and if u dont like me u wil like my crazy and if u dnt like it u will love my dick and if u dont eat ur sheet follow me on facebook rainlad rainlad

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