This week’s rhyme scheme was created by Eminem and its extracted from his newest song, called “Rap God”. The pattern is a quatrain this time. It includes techniques on morphing singles into compounds, internal compound rhymes and the clever use of breath breaks.

*The Rhyme Scheme starts at 2:54.

The Lyrics

So you be Thor and I’ll be Odin, you rodent, I’m omnipotent
Let off then I’m reloading immediately with these bombs I’m totin’
And I should not be woken,  I’m the walking dead but I’m just a
talking head a zombie floating But I got your mom deep throating

Rhyme Scheme Diagram

—1,-1,-21
–1—–21
–21,-3-
3-21,—21

1-Odin/roden/reloading
21-omnipotent/bombs I’m totin/not be woken/zombie floating/mom deep throating
3-walking dead/talking head

*Edit

Depending on how the rhyme scheme is performed, intonation wise, the pattern might also look like:

–21,-1,-21
–21—-21
–21,-3–
-3-21,–21

1-roden
21-I’ll be Odin/Omnipotent/I’m reloading/bombs I’m totin/not be woken/zombie floating/mom deep throatin
3-walking dead/talking head

*If you choose this way though, you cannot practice your morphing techniques. Feel free to write the scheme the way you feel most challenged by.

Explanation

What we have in this rhyme scheme is a clever way of using compounds.

In the first bar, Eminem introduced the compound, by writing the second part of the compound twice. The compound is 21(omni potent/bombs I’m toting, etc) and he started with the second part (odin/roden).

Then he has placed the full compound at the end of the first bar (omnipotent). You can see that he just added one word to the number 1 rhyme. That’s how he constructed his compound-by just adding one word to his simple rhyme.

–1,-1,-21

This technique is something worth remembering. You morph your singles to compounds, by adding another word to the single and then starting to rhyming the whole compound.

On the second bar, he placed a number 1 rhyme “roden” and then finished off with a compound “bombs I’m totin”.

–1—21

The third bar is where Eminem introduces his compound internals. He starts off with the compound “not be woken” then pauses. The pause is important, since it lets you put stress on a rhyme and make people pay more attention to what you’re going to say next. After the pause, he has the first part of the internal couple “walking dead”.

–21,–3-

The fourth bar starts with the second part of the internal couple “talking head” and then one compound “zombie floating”, then pause, after which you have the last compound “mom deep throating”.

3-21,—21

  • Remember that method of morphing your singles into compounds.

  • Pay attention to the pauses. They are very important to the overall sound of the scheme.

  • Don’t forget to have compound rhymes as internals.

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  • Blessing Ogbonna
    Reply

    For fuck sakes, im destructive like nine eleven, columbining reverence , spine severing , these rappers for time in heaven.
    Intimidator simulator killing sinners changers,
    music goes stupid to a fucking nuisance when u dropout from school of hard knocks, the picture is clear but hard to crop, fuck them all if they start to stop.
    I’m a rap god, with a flat top, bitch get spat on ur just a trick wheres the magic if your hats on take a swing at it get ya bat on.
    Told robin to rob a bank and batman to grab a bat man
    plot thicker than a fat man watching fat albert eating burger king screaming he aint never heard of these
    words of mine that hurts the mind
    appearantly the appearance appears that i have no parents
    just mother nature and father time .

    – King Crimm
    Kik: KidCrimm69
    Instagram: Kingcrimm_Twistedlogic

  • jesse baugham
    Reply

    He lives in a dump, his life is so fucked up and yet it keeps gettin rough, he fights through it all, no matter, and it’s gettin to the point where he doesn’t give a fuck, he just wants to give up

  • Nemo
    Reply

    What does ‘morphing technique’ means

  • Agonde
    Reply

    I’m sick of this it drives me
    crazy, I’m lazy, lost
    concentration
    Got off track then got blazed and
    got off the train car then I bomb
    the station
    It seems I’ve lost my patience, I’m
    just left for dead stuck inside my messed up head I’m awfully zany
    No question that I’m just
    wasted

    1-crazy/lazy/blazed and
    21-concentration/bomb the station/lost my patience/awfully zany/I’m just wasted
    3-left for dead/messed up head

  • Mediam
    Reply

    So you be Thor and I’ll be Odin, you rodent, I’m omnipotent
    Let off then I’m reloading immediately with these bombs I’m totin’
    And I should not be woken, I’m the walking dead but I’m just a
    talking head a zombie floating But I got your mom deep throating

    Rhyme Scheme:
    –21,-1,-21
    –21—-21
    –21,-3–
    -3-21,–21

    The doctor lost his concentration, his patient has complications.
    His brain is out of place and he’s ’bout to take a long vacation.
    Trash played a-cross the nation on the radio, but they still won’t
    play me though, not on your station. So I’m killin’ pop sensations.

    1. Patient
    21. Concentration / Complications / out of place and / long vacation / (a)cross the nation / on your station / pop sensation
    3. Radio / play me though

  • king dot
    Reply

    can please analyze the part where ems raps fast, right after he says lyrics comin at at supersonic speed?

  • Nomad
    Reply

    This is something you can’t handle, a scandal for Rappin’Manual.
    Grab my knife off the mantle, put on a ski mask an’ flannel.
    Then I’m grabb’n Daniel, sliced his throat, alive as he chokes, react and trample, a hand by hand dismantle!

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      This was awesome man! You did it perfectly! I think there are some minor syllable differences(like Em’s first bar has 9 syllables-yours has 8), but that’s not that much of a big deal!

      Excellent! That’s an advanced rhyme scheme and you did it correctly! Nice to have people who can rap on my site.

  • Curtis Mayfield
    Reply

    the circumstance of my finance is a third of my circumference (phonetic spelling)
    circulation is my motivation, lyrics my romance
    I’ll enhance any instrumental, at any instant
    Im not here to coexist or desist, just stay consistent

    Im a big fan of the site and hopefully this is the first post of many. I changed the scheme up a little bit but tried to play with the compounds and internals. Keep up the great work man!

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Great. I’m glad you’re finally finding the courage to join the community man! Welcome!

      As far as the rhyme scheme, yes, you’ve definitely changed alot of it. It’s pretty much an entirely different one, but it takes time to get used to the way of writing rhyme schemes and you’re starting from one of the hardest!

      Well done on writing this though. I see that you have the skills to write. All you need to develop is the ability to follow a skeleton and then the skills needed when filling it in.

      Looking forward to hearing from you again.

      • Curtis Mayfield
        Reply

        I knew you were going to tell me something I needed to hear man. As far as practicing the skeletons what do you recommend and do you have any advice on developing your identity as an artist. I feel like I’m really starting to grasp the technical parts but putting it all together into something thats authentic and original is where i’m hitting most of my walls. Thanks again for your help man this site has taught me a whole lot.

        • RappingManual
          Reply

          I believe that I managed to answer your question regarding your rap identity, via the article that was published yesterday. I hope that helped. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask me.

          As far as building the skeleton, the best advice is to attempt the rhyme schemes, which have been analyzed on the site. This way, I could help you and guide you along the way.

          I understand that everybody is different and your way of learning will be totally different. Perhaps, your style of writing is not suitable for skeleton, or you feel more comfortable writing a different version of the skeleton.

          Bottom line-attempt the rhyme schemes and be patient. You’ll eventually find that middle ground.

  • Manny Mazik
    Reply

    You an ant to this monster Mazik in fact you’ll be stomped and mashed in
    straight up you’ll get squashed and flattened within an instant for tryin to match him
    man you can’t deny the fact that, even though i’m small these flows I brought are an
    atomic hazard that’ll straight up bomb these rappers

  • Manny Mazik
    Reply

    You an ant to this monster Mazik, in fact you’ll be stomped and mashed in
    straight up you’ll get squashed and flattened, within an instant, for tryin to match him
    man you can’t deny the fact that, even though i’m small these flows I brought are an atomic hazard, that’ll straight up bomb these rappers

  • unsimilar
    Reply

    Okay Sit back while i stab at it, The man Mashed with the kraken/
    That stands last in the class full of Half assers and Pants grabbers/
    Meaning i’m not to joke with, You’ll get smoked bitch, I’m faster than Dash and The Flash and If I’m getting passed, it guaranteed you’re getting you’re throat slit/

  • Kris
    Reply

    I dont understand what the 1, 21, and 3 mean. Can someone explain that more? Does it have to do with the sylables?

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      Those are the actual rhymes and the different numbers symbolize the different rhymes.

      With having this in mind, look through the rhyme scheme again. I’m sure your understanding will be much clearer.

  • Luke Nascent
    Reply

    I’m so sick I’m absent, you’re waitin’ for the advent, I’ve been through the harassment
    My skill is nascent, but I’ve been told I have wack shit
    But I’ve learned to get rid of the abashment, now I let my thoughts flow
    And I let my weed grow, your hate is strong but I’m past it, hip hop needs some new talent and I am the applicant

    1- absent, advent, nascent
    21- harassment, wack shit, abashment, past it, applicant
    3- flow, grow

    Please let me know if you see any improvements I could make or anything I could change because I’m planning on using this in a song

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      So you be Thor and I’ll be Odin, you rodent, I’m omnipotent
      Let off then I’m reloading immediately with these bombs I’m totin’
      And I should not be woken, I’m the walking dead but I’m just a
      talking head a zombie floating But I got your mom deep throating

      There are many differences in your rhyme scheme man. You’ve used mostly single rhymes in creating the pattern, where the original has plenty of compounds.

      Your internals are singles as well. Alot of the rhymes are placed on the wrong places.

      Thank you for participating.

  • D-Ea$y
    D-Ea$y
    Reply

    See my dream through the lens of a Nikon, the icon, these bars I’m rappin
    I’ll blow with the right song cuz the fans always givin a raw reaction
    So fly I’m on the rafters, my is flow crippling shinin brighter than a
    Christmas tree so stop the laughter cuz I’m not what you call a rapper

    1-Nikon/icon/right song/
    21-bars I’m rappin/raw reaction/on the rafters/stop the laughter/call a rapper/
    3-crippling/Christmas tree

    • RappingManual
      Reply

      So you be Thor and I’ll be Odin, you rodent, I’m omnipotent
      Let off then I’m reloading immediately with these bombs I’m totin’
      And I should not be woken, I’m the walking dead but I’m just a
      talking head a zombie floating But I got your mom deep throating

      Okay, first bar has the correct rhyme placement, but too many syllables. If you cut some of them, you’ll manage to contain it within the bar. Something like:

      “See my dream through a nikon, the icon, the bars i’m rapping.”

      Same goes for the second bar. Correct rhymes, but the number of syllables is changing the sound of the scheme.

      The third and forth bars are fine, except the fact that you’ve used one simple and one compound rhyme as internals. That’s a minor detail, but if it has to be 100% identical, then the internals have to be both compounds.

      Great result overall. Just try cutting it a bit shorter and maybe pimp up one of your internals.

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