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

Now It’s Your Turn

1. The image holding the metaphor

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Rhyme Scheme Needed: 2-4-2-4

2. Image represents:

(Write it down in the comment Section)

3. Rhyme Form(2-4-2-4)

(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.

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  • andres
    Reply

    hip hop is dead so we had to bury it underground

    but it never dies, it just goes to the infinity to meet the beyond

    (complex metaphors)

    • andres
      Reply

      nah but for real

      this career is a story that words cant tell
      but the words that dwell from these verbal scales is the terminology a curse cant spell

  • style
    Reply

    Hey what’s up? i’m tryin to practice in my home but the second image is blank and it con not be reloaded.
    Can you send me tha image by mail so i could do this exercise please?

    Thank you man!

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    when it come to this dressing shit im the best hands down.
    i be showinig my ass and i anit talm bout my pants down

  • E.Siimmons
    Reply

    Can you explain the ababab…Im trying to learn how to do it so I can practices at it

  • JamesThaWeapon
    Reply

    I see elephants in the room my hairs on fire what got me staring at this blue chair must be these damn shrooms.

  • von syrus
    Reply

    1. what the image represents:
    she has a lot on her mind but doesn’t show it.

    2. Rhyme scheme(2-4-2-4)
    She’s calm as a pond, sweet as a heaven sent/
    inside napalm, thoughts stampedes like elephants/

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Nice man, that’s exactly what we’re looking for! Great way of retaining the contextual potency, once you transferred the interpretation into rhyme form!

  • Joshua
    Reply

    my mind is as crazy as tony when he lights his cigars, or as two dead presidents, picture in my head is as large, as two fed elephants

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      I see that you’ve chosen to not follow the rhyme scheme and that’s fine. Write the way, you’re most comfortable with.

      As far as the content, the Tony reference was awesome! It really gives you the picture of your frame of mind. However, the rest of the couplet doesn’t really live up to the beginning man.

      I feel that you have that slick reference at the start and then you were wondering how to write it, so it revolves around the image. You’ve included the elephants, but the meaning of the elephants and the “play of the imagination” aspect is not there.

      Thank you for participating. I appreciate the time you’ve put into writing this!

  • k.ray
    Reply

    Meaning- Her weird and evil thoughts are manifesting into something real and coming out of her. So i would have to say its about the fact everyone has to release their thoughts.

    “felling endless pain of all of life’s strain
    gotta let go of what’s in my brain before i die like kurt cobain”

    It kinda spills into the third bar but still how is it?
    NEWMANJARON 4 LYFE!!

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      It’s awesome!

      The interpretation is perfect. The image can be looked at from several different angles, but I have to agree that your point of view makes quite a bit of sense. So well done on deciphering that.

      As far as the rhyme scheme, I have nothing to say about it! Excellent to no ends! Nice job man!

  • Joseph
    Reply

    Image represents:
    a child imaginations can not be contained , It untamed like the wild.

    Rhyme Form:
    trapped in a room, but my mind is free as the jungle
    imagination untamed, like elephants in a tumble

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      That was a nice way to transfer your original interpretation into rhyme form. I agree with the actual content. As far as the rhyme scheme, you’ve written a

      —a,–b
      —,—b

      It should’ve been

      –a,–a,
      –a,–a

      Otherwise, everything is great! Well done.

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    My thoughts are breaking out lyk giant soldiers from a dream
    To enter a world where everythings not what it seems

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Doesn’t follow the rhyme scheme and the content is too distant from the image. Thank you for participating.

  • Humble-K
    Reply

    On the outside she looks innocent, but she is full of evil on the inside
    Her guiltiness is not evident, but the bad side is where her heart coincides

  • Humble-K
    Reply

    She sits there as an innocent child, but she has a lot of big problems
    Wishing she knew a number to dial, but knows no one who can help her solve them

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      That’s great man! The correct rhyme scheme, filled in with the exact depiction of the image. I see that you even went further and expressed her own feelings with the second bar, where you’re telling about her feelings of helplessness and loneliness.

      Well done!

  • Turnar
    Reply

    Brain of an elephant the childhood scars i can’t forget,adapted loneliness cause the crowd rejects,the storm neva ends lyk a dark cloud painted above my head

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Okay, this captures the essence and mood of the picture, but is written without following a particular rhyme scheme.

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