It used to be that multis played a HUGE role in the quality of people’s raps. Listen to the greats like Biggie, Nas, Kool G Rap, or Rakim and you see it in full force. Since Rapping¬†is an artform based on rhyming words together this makes since and it’s the basis for any rap.

In modern times however, especially since the Lil Wayne takeover, punchlines have been the focal point for what real bars are. Your bars are now being measured based on the cleverest punchlines.

This leads to an issue because we have sort have drifted away from the basics of the craft of rapping – which is of course RHYMING WORDS!

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Tell me, do you ever hear things like this from people who listen to hip hop nowadays?

“I’ve heard that punchline before”

“That bar could’ve been better”

“It really wasn’t that nice”

If those sound familiar, good, then I know you haven’t been living under a rock these last couple years.

The problem, based on my expertise of over a decades experience of rapping, producing, beatmaking, as well as a lifetime fan of the music and culture that is Hip Hop, stems from drifting from the basics of any good or great rap.

Those basics are rhyming words – which in taking it to the next level are MULTIS!



What Are Multis?

Multi’s are simply supplemental rhyming words inside each bar.

So if you have 2 lines (which usually comprise of 1 bar of music) you have at least 2 rhyming words at the end of each line. That is the basic form of a rap.

Now if we were to place even more rhyming words within that 1 bar – strengthening the rhyme scheme – that would be considered multis or multiple rhyming words.

For example here’s 1 bar from Nas – It Aint Hard To Tell

Deep like The Shinin’, sparkle like a diamond
Sneak a uzi on the island in my army jacket lining

 

Take note on the multis here because we will be covering this more in depth in the followup to this article.

Also note that these multiple rhyming words strengthen his rhyme scheme and make his metaphors more powerful.

So the trick is not just making the dopest punchline you can but how you can make it even stronger using more rhyming words that flow in the bar.

Think of multis like how a comedian uses timing and other tricks to set up his joke. If the comedian does not execute these properly the joke falls flat – even if it was a great joke!

Therefore the first and easiest trick to making your bars better is start using multis.



How Can I Start Using Multis In My Raps?

That will be covered in depth in the follow up post which I will link on here when it’s completed.

In the meantime I want you to understand that you as a rapper are going to have to start bettering your bars if you want to stand out from everyone else.

As a former rapper and your producer it is not only my job but my DUTY to make sure you make the best music possible – that means you have to start working on your bars right now!

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Travis "ShottyGunz Beatz" Schave is CEO/Founder/Music Producer at WeGotBeats.com. As well as helping your craft dope tracks and make beats, he is also in charge of our content making sure you get the right information to make decisions in your rap career.

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