In this article, we will be exploring the lyrics of RZA, who’s one of the members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Although known more for being the music producer for the majority of the group’s albums, he also displays his ability as a lyricist on the track.

*The rhyme scheme begins at 00:19

The Lyrics

“This Oxycontin carbon monox’ and toxic concoction/
Collapse your brain cells, they swell from lack of oxygen/
Leave the opposition stuck, without a pot to piss in/
Hocking, spitting up blood, shark by sharp precision/”

The Rhyme Diagram

-1-1-1-1/
—2, -2–1/
–1-, –1/
1,1 –, 3-31/

*
1- oxycontin, monox and, toxic, concoction, lack of oxygen, opposition, pot to piss in, hocking, precision
2- cells, swell
3- shark, sharp

Explanation

RZA-WU-TANG-CLAN-RZA-INTERVIEW

RZA uses the technique of breaking down multi-syllable words to form the rhyme scheme used for his quatrain. By utilizing a chain of multi-syllable words with similar internal sounds in the beginning of his bars, it forms a complex pattern that can be interpreted a lot differently if broken down by syllables. I counted (pot to piss in) as a rhyme (1) because it was created by breaking down opposition into syllables hence “precision” is also counted as a (1).

If you would like to recreate the rhyme scheme:

  1. Start off your first line with the chain of multi-syllable words with similar internal sounds.
  2. In bar two is when you will implement 2 single syllable internal rhymes and end the bar referring back to your rhyme (1).
  3. Bar three is relatively simple to replicate when 1 internal and 1 end rhyme.
  4. Begin the 4th bar with rhyme (1), pause then rhyme(1) again, then input 2 internal rhyme (3) and complete the bar with the classical rhyme (1).

The Challenge

Part one of the challenge will be to create a quatrain utilizing the rhyme scheme shown.
Part two the challenge will be to recreate the first bar utilizing a chain of multi-syllable words.

The winner will be declared on the 16th and the community’s vote will affect the ultimate decision. This challenge would bring 2 points.

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  • Seraph
    Reply

    I spit flows in resistance to intricate inventions created in ignorance

    And what they do they know not, but they go hard and give assistance

    to malicious assistants and the unrepentant

    businessmen and witnesses, who get no rest and receive death sentences

  • Toxic
    Reply

    Body filled with microscopic toxins, psychotic optics/
    Created a vision, risen through a godly process/
    Sights on telescopic, for him there’s no other option/
    Response is unconscious every time,
    Killin villains as a form of profit/

    1- microscopic, toxins, psychotic, optics, process, telescopic, option, response is, unconscious , profit
    2- vision, risen
    3- killin, villains

  • ghostdogg23
    ghostdogg23
    Reply

    Concentration of observation my open mind is imaginary
    Hallucinating foes is like a shadow of my adversary
    Clean my mind of murderous insanity
    While my room and walls stain the battles of causality

    • Chippy
      Chippy
      Reply

      I love these sick bars but I hope you mean casualty.

  • Anonymous
    Reply

    -1-1-1-1/
    —2, -2–1/
    –1-, –1/
    1,1 –, 3-31/

    i can make it go through my flow
    aint stickin with books anymore,you nigga can get a bitche,s role/
    rappin all day,rhyming every scheme/my life is lost in a fog,
    acting like a dog,ima thug/hope i can win dis race with dis pace/
    except me da rest is full of frogs

    • asaucy
      Reply

      can you explain how the numbers correlate with the words or stanza bro? im new here and looking to write my own stuff

  • ghostdogg23
    ghostdogg23
    Reply

    Looking is mistookin for sights of whatever u knowing
    Playing a game but no choice of my controlling
    Soaring roaring lions in a zoo
    You a thought that stays questioning a clue.

    • Anonymous
      Reply

      Mistookin is not a word, it is mistaken, get an education.

  • Miggs Malo
    Reply

    Reppin homemade equipment, Chinese leader’s skimpin, pimpin/
    his workers with no regulations, lead infestations got us death stricken/
    export game’s consumed like chicken, don’t you see the bald eagle’s limpin?/
    blood of the free’s drippin, foes comin out, no doubt global bullets will be mixin.

  • Rashad
    Reply

    LOL im 14 and aspiring rapper ive jotted down a couple of notes and yeah i hope you like it
    P.S. lol i lost track of the flow chart that i should have followed no hate please keep in mind m 14.
    Signing a treaty with devil casuiltys reach max leval oracle possed by posiden blowing up like isis
    unity is my gift rapping against me is a recipe for disaster im a fucking master lift up the chalis for
    a leval 80 caster my flow is gifted like im bad shit Niggas all jelous cuz i hit dis with with lyrical magic as my god my first witness

  • Un-Similar
    Reply

    The winner of this challenge is Free-D

    • Slippery D3V1L (The New Cat)
      Reply

      The Devil plays by his own rules 😉

  • YoungProdigy
    Reply

    This is astronmy,conciously lacking modesty,constanly/
    celestial objects,burning stars defining who we are with no apologies/
    a universe full of hypocrisy being sucked by a black hole,pause to see/
    the prophesy of the one,who is the son called prodigy/

    1-astronomy,conciously,modesty,constanly,apologies,hypocrisy,pause to see,prophesy,prodigy
    2-burning stars,who we are
    3-of the one,who is the son

    • Un-Similar
      Reply

      Honestly that was pretty dope, I like the whole astrological theme to it also. You ability to rhyme can not be doubted in this at all but my only criticism is the length of your bars. Mostly the 2nd bar threw me off a little bit, personally I believe if you could’ve shortened it in anyway, it would’ve been perfect, but a great entry

      • Young Prodigy
        Reply

        Thanks appreciate it and The second bar was like a metaphor of stars being celebrities or mainstream rappers define society recklessly and I will try shorten my bars in future

    • Miggs Malo
      Reply

      I like this youngprodigy, really dug the theme.

  • Slippery D3V1L (The New Cat)
    Reply

    My devastations level seven never-never-lands/

    Never ever scene an mc evil-er, cuz heavens dead/

    I said beheaded eleven angels, and strangled seven//

    • Slippery D3V1L (The New Cat)
      Reply

      – 1– 11111-/

      1 2 -2 — 11/

      -1 -113, 31/

      1: devestaions/ level/ seven/ never/ never/ never/ heaven’s/ dead/ I said/ beheaded/ eleven/ seven

      2: seen/ an MC /

      3: angels/ strangled

      There are a few extra type one rhymes in there but oh well

  • Free-D (RM Veteran)
    Free-D (RM Veteran)
    Reply

    -1-1-1-1/
    —2, -2–1/
    –1-, –1/
    1,1 –, 3-31/

    Casualties of faculties job salaries as penalties.
    Workers pay taxes, the fact is this is tragedy.
    Leaders just happily take, legal money trafficking.
    Sad to see, families suffer, fuck this injustice anarchy.

    1 – Casualties, faculties, salaries, penalties, tragedy, happily, trafficking, sad to see, families, anarchy.
    2 – taxes, fact is
    3 – fuck this, injustice

    • Un-Similar
      Reply

      This one is my current favorite, Great entry and content. My only content is just the last bar the “fuck this injustice anarchy” line seems a little rushed, like you forced it to fit so to me, it feels like there a little adjustment you can make and still get that same potency through by all and all, the bars is fire.

      • Free-D (RM Veteran)
        Free-D (RM Veteran)
        Reply

        Yep, that’s kinda. I took a lotta time to jot down each line and I kinda did go lazy upon last one. well the last bar’s adjustment:

        Casualties of faculties job salaries as penalties.
        Workers pay taxes, the fact is this is tragedy.
        Leaders just happily take, legal money trafficking.
        Sad to see, families suffer, fuck this injustice’s agony.

    • Miggs Malo
      Reply

      I LOVE this man!! Went real hard there bro

  • The Inventor
    Reply

    I’m prosperous spit honest and conscious content
    One of a kind, most blind to lots of this
    You so obvious man, you get no props in this
    Monstrous, eating mcs alive, destroy a boy dominance

    1-prosperous/ honest and conscious/content/ lots of this/ obvious/ props in this/ Monstrous/ dominance

    2-kind/blind

    3-destroy/boy

    • Un-Similar
      Reply

      Great entry man, bars all day, I’m digging those (1) rhymes man and especially how you broke it down. You get a thumbs up for that Inventor.

      • KazualKakazian
        KazualKakazian
        Reply

        The inventor, intensely raped bars.
        I envy it or, intently clapped hard.

      • KazualKakazian
        KazualKakazian
        Reply

        The inventor, intensely raped bars.
        I envy it or, intently clapped hard.

  • Slippery D3V1L (The New Cat)
    Reply

    I’m a smidgen deranged, little bit fucked/

    a vision of change, riddled with luck/

    Twiddle the thumbs, ho and a hum/

    Never get better when the wet devil’s done

    • Un-Similar
      Reply

      I appreciate the participation and the entry and even though it strayed from the original challenge, I can honestly say that Slipp definitely wrote this. Nice bar none-the-less, but I would like to see what you can produce with the diagram given.

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