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.

Example

Rhyme Scheme Needed: 4-4

Rhyme Scheme Needed: 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

 

cool4

Rhyme Scheme Needed: 2-4

2. Image represents:

(Write it down in the comment Section)

3. Rhyme Form(2-4)

(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.

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

Related Posts

Showing 64 comments
  • Lekan Thomas
    Reply

    Image: “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane

    Metaphore:
    Fabric of my dreams is the feild it covers
    Pulling life along create a path for others

  • Blaze
    Reply

    People want you to do whatever they tell you to do,
    People want you to go wherever they tell you to go,
    Ain’t nobody writing a story for me,
    No, I won’t be sorry for what I want me to be,
    Ain’t nobody building a road for me,
    I’ll pull out that load for me so just let me be.

  • Mediam
    Reply

    Metaphor: If you want to go where no one has been you have to make your own way.

    I take the trail untraveled and leave it paved behind me
    They seek a way to find me but their mind so frail unravels.

    Had some extra fun with this one, followed the –2–4 scheme (trail untraveled / frail unravels) and added a –4–2 scheme for fill in. (paved behind me / way to find me)

  • Donald
    Reply

    Metaphor: Life is a journey, you chose which way you want to go and you carry the the mistakes with you or the successes

    See I done paved my roads,
    and where iv missed been shown

    *iv paved my roads and where i did not pave it has been shown and people can see it

    Is that 2-4 ? Or even right haha

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Yes, your interpretation is absolutely correct. However, your rhyme scheme is 4-4. a 2-4 is:

      –a,–
      —–a

      • mk
        Reply

        Hey, I’m having trouble with rhyme scheme and I doubt ill see your reply on this site. Not because I don’t think you’ll reply but ill probably forget to go to this exact page again. Could you email me? I have some lyrics i don’t want stolen and I also need help with rhyme schemes like bad! I’d appreciate it!

  • Strictly Pro
    Reply

    Meaning of Image: You carve you’re own path.

    Rhyme:
    I’m drifting down these streets// which ones the right path that will make my life complete// I’m taking heat…// The shots ring,out I take one, to make my future concrete.

    Kinda simple.. If you do it with a Ab-Soul kinda vibe you’ll feel it…

    –Strictly

  • lizwe
    Reply

    when there is no path don`t just fold hands and relax
    pave a road through the foliage making a way for the next

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Captured the essence of the image, but you wrote it in a different rhyme scheme.

  • Kevin
    Reply

    No such thing as a path/ that one can calculate like math

  • Nattro86
    Reply

    the road paved
    is a quilt of dreams i’ve layed

    • Nattro86
      Reply

      simple but i guess sometimes simple can be complex and more vivid

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Nice one! You’re correct man. It doesn’t always need to be intricate and twisted to no ends. Well-Interpreted messages can be only weaved in simple rhyme schemes.

  • Luke Nascent
    Reply

    Im makin my own one way street
    Taking a different path to beat all you fake rappers

    • Luke Nascent
      Reply

      I’m takin a different path to beat all you fake rappers
      To do that I decided to make my own one way street

      Sorry about the first one got the rhyme scheme mixed up, and this ones a little difficult for me

      • RappingManual
        Reply

        Okay, the content in your couplet is great! It is about building your very own road and to be a maverick. However, where are your rhymes? I know that “street” is one, is the other one “beat”?

  • Owen Ehimen
    Reply

    i caused a path for this rap game, moving from coast to coast
    but constantly contemplated cuz my cousins were causing confusion

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      The first bar was on point, content wise, but you played on words that start with “c” on the second bar and diluted the message.

      The rhyme scheme is wrong.

  • frost ink
    Reply

    no way forward but the road we pave for ourselves

  • Chapter V
    Reply

    The weight is off my shoulder I’m breaking free
    Painting a whole new scenery I’m the artist the brush holder

    I envisioned this as starting over in life, stress free and possessing the ability to be able to create a new identity. Yes I know it rhymes but the artist the brush holder part is simply explained like this. The artist, myself, thinks of what I can do for my own scenery and whatever I’m thinking I have the power to act on it (brush holder, painting a picture)

  • ApolloCharles
    Reply

    paving over life,
    Then it’s justified in the context that it’s because of our drive

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      What did you want to say here? Would you care to elaborate?

      • ApolloCharles
        Reply

        I wanted to say that as Humans we constantly expand. As we’re driven to succeed and sometimes its By Any Means Necessary. Whether it impacts others heavily or not, we just shrug it off and be like “look out for yourself cause im just getting mine”.
        Sorta a double entendre because the picture the guy is laying roadwork over life; obviously so we can drive on it.

        • RappingManual
          Reply

          Oh okay, now I get what you wanted to say.

          Apologies for the misunderstanding, but talking metaphors and indirect statements is always tricky, since interpretations are diverse and personal, therefore hard to decipher.

          You’re absolutely right. It is justified and the image can be looked at from this perspective indeed!

          The rhyme scheme is correct as well! Excellent!

      • ApolloCharles
        Reply

        Could I get some feedback, man?

Leave a Comment