Four Ways to Rhyme

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Chorus (2X)
The four ways to rhyme
Brainstorm use your mind
All the words you’ll find
The four ways to rhyme

First way is using “real rhymes”
These are the kind that you use all the time
The kind of rhymes you might read in Dr. Seuss
With the same ending letters like loose, noose or goose
Or same ending sound no matter the letters in use
You can Rhyme Words like caboose and reduce
With the skills I introduce, you don’t have any excuse
You can get loose off the rhymes you produce
You got the flavor and the juice; you’re the ace not the deuce
Rain down thunderous rhymes like a lyrical Zeus.

Second are “near rhymes,” some call them “slant"
You can rhyme this way; don’t let them say you can't
Different letters at the end but a similar sound
Rhymes words together like crown, proud and found
Make rhymes from things you find around
When you find them make sure to write them down
Then say them out loud as you can go around town,
Adjectives, verbs and nouns, possibilities abound,
Brainstorming like a cloud, your rhyme skills are profound
Your rhymes will astound, and the crowd will be wowed

Third you put the “em-PHA-sis on the wrong sy-LA-ble”
Emphasize the wrong syllable, like fo-SSIL from FO-ssill
Or change long vowels to short, whatever works for your ear
You can find mispronounced words in the poems of Shakespeare
It might sound weird, but if context is clear
You can say, “I ran in fear through the forest from a bear”
Then everyone will cheer, sing your praises everywhere
You’re an ill rhyme say’er, and a rhyme game player
If rhyming were a city then you’d be more than the mayor
You’d need a crown for your hair, and a throne for your chair

Fourth, turn phrases into words
It might sound absurd but it's something you’ve heard
Like make a word from the phrase “out-the-door”
To rhyme with hard words like Baltimore
Or ask somebody, “whatchu-calling-for?”
About to make a rhyme train, so all-aboard
Get dancers on-the-floor while you’re out on-a-tour
They want the rhymes you got-in-store, what you halting-for?
The crowd wants-some-more, let all-them-pour
Like a rhyme Steph Curry you’re about-to-score


from Baba Got BARS, released August 3, 2019
Written, performed, produced, recorded and mixed by Bomani Armah. Co written and produced by DeLa Armah and Olua Armah. Backing vocals by Olu Armah.


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Baba Bomani, aka the Watermelon man has been using hip-hop, poetry and multi-media disciplines to teach fun and informative workshops with all ages from kindergarteners to graduate students for well over 15 years Bomani . Here you can find his hip-hop music for kids as well as teaching materials showing students the writing process through hip-hop! ... more

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