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
“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 –, 3-31/
1- oxycontin, monox and, toxic, concoction, lack of oxygen, opposition, pot to piss in, hocking, precision
2- cells, swell
3- shark, sharp
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:
- Start off your first line with the chain of multi-syllable words with similar internal sounds.
- In bar two is when you will implement 2 single syllable internal rhymes and end the bar referring back to your rhyme (1).
- Bar three is relatively simple to replicate when 1 internal and 1 end rhyme.
- 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).
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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