im going to show yall what a rhyme scheme is with help from flocabulary.
The rhyme scheme in a rap verse (or in a poem) is where
the rhymes fall in relation to other words or lines. In
a simple verse, the rhymes will fall only at the end of
each line. In English class, when analyzing poetry, the
rhyme scheme would be written out like this:
Rats in the front room, roaches in the back,
junkies in the alley with the baseball bat,
I tried to get away, but I couldn’t get far,
cuz the man with the tow truck repossessed my car
These lines are from the 1982’s “The Message” by
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The flow
is by the lead emcee, Melle Mel (who we’ll discuss in
more detail in the chapter on flow). These lines show
off the most basic rhyme scheme possible. There are no
internal rhymes and there is no multi-syllabic rhyming.
All of the rhymes fall right on or near the second snare
kick, the 4
th beat of the bar, which musicians call
Mapping the rhyme scheme out like that (AABB)
works fine when the lyrics are simple, but not when
the rapper’s start dropping internal rhymes.