In this segment of the rap workshop, we’ll learn how to rap with metaphors. It’s not as difficult as it might seem for some of you.

Why should you attempt to do this exercise?

You should do this exercise so you could practice your own rapping skills. It’s a very practical exercise, which helps you to understand how are metaphors being used in rap and how to translate them correctly into a rhyme form.

It is the first step of mastering metaphors. Throughout the course of this workshop, we’ll eventually get to the point, where we can create our own heavy metaphors, from a single simple sentence.

The exercise will proceed in the following manner:

1. You will see your image-This is an image, which is a metaphor for something. An image which says something with colors.

2. Figure out the message of the image. Write it down in a short sentence. You have to be really good at recognizing metaphors to be able to do that.

3. After you have your sentence, translate it into a couplet with a certain rhyme scheme(which is going to be written underneath the image.


Rhyme Scheme Needed: 2-4-4

Rhyme Scheme Needed: 2-4-4

2. Image represents:

“There are no races, we are just people”.

3. Rhyme Form(2-4-4)

All kinda faces, from all kinda places
The people are the sun and its rays are its races

Your Turn

1. The image holding the metaphor

Rhyme Scheme Needed: 4-4

Rhyme Scheme Needed: 4-4

2. Image represents:

(Write it down in the comment Section)

3. Rhyme Form(4-4)

(Write it down in the comment Section)

Let’s see who has the potential to turn these pictures into rhymes. Try to concentrate on the context of your lyrics this time and make your couplet as powerful as possible. Can you touch the souls of other people with your poetry?

Your attempts will be checked and feedback will be given within 1 day of your entry.

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  • King

    Image represents: Mothers will do anything for their children.

    Rhyme Form:
    saw a picture, it was so state of the art
    you can tell that mama got a loving heart

  • Dimi

    Who needs food when love is on the table
    My my mamma fried her heart on the stove to keep us outta trouble

  • yekinni ajibola

    things looked blick. hunger at its peak
    mama ripped her heart out so her kids could eat

  • BrashAlias

    With little money for food mom sacrifices her own body in order to nourish our own

    Momma’s heart in the frying pan, she’s cooking up love
    Although our food is limited, her love replenishes us both.

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