Hb the Engineer Grafh closed out with a slew of freestyles over some of the hottest beats in the game such as Pusha T ‘s Infrared,” Lil Wayne ‘s Uproar,” Cardi B ‘s Money” and more. Always one to highlight upcoming stars (see Lloyd Banks and Obie Trice), DJ Green Lantern has put together, along with Grafh's assistance, "The Oracle Mixtape," a collection of freestyles, unreleased tracks, and other verses from Blackhand Enertainment's premier artist.
This is a fascinating observation: It means that my mental reference frame of my baseline freestyling skills has increased enough where 1. The rapping in this video seems comparably Bars on I 95 worse (naturally), and 2. Perhaps more interestingly, I no longer associate with this version of myself, therefore removing any amount of embarrassment that I previously felt.
Over the past few days, I've noticed that I've started to reuse the same kinds of lines, rhymes, and motifs over and over. In a performance, I would typically spend longer with each word and the associated tangents (i.e. filler rhymes), but, for today's sessions, I tried to keep my meandering to a minimum.
Over the month, I practiced in 41 discreet sessions spread over 26 days, with one or two sessions per day. In other words, it seems that writing is often the best way to build up a lexicon of rhymes, ideas, and punchlines that can be used within a freestyle.
Punchline-drive freestyling can be effective even with very minimal or basic rhymes, as long as the last word of the punchline lands smoothly. Today, I reviewed the footage from the past week of my freestyling practice sessions, and have found particular sets of rhymes that I naturally tend to lean on more heavily.
So today, I untethered myself from the random word generator, and practiced freestyling more cohesive raps. Today, I went back to the piano to accompany my attempt at three minutes of competent freestyle rapping. Sometimes, my conscious brain will shutoff, and I'll do the freestyle equivalent of daydreaming, only realizing many minutes later that I was rapping the whole time.
As I discussed yesterday , this month, I'm trying to improve my freestyle rapping abilities (effectively from scratch), so that I can continuously freestyle for three minutes. Essentially, in order to effectively land rhymes within a freestyle, you need to source your words directly from your subconscious.
My freestyle maintains continuous flow for three minutes. Listening back to this session, there are some lines that, at the time of rapping them, I thought were gibberish, but actually turn out to constructed of real words and reasonably topical ideas. By using the metronome as the beat for my freestyle, I'll be able to build my freestyling abilities and confidence at a slow tempo, and then ramp up the speed in a controlled and measurable way.
3. Finally, start rapping, incorporating each of the five words into the freestyle. While there are likely exceptions, the best freestyle rappers are usually prolific writers of rhymes. In particular, I picked a high-tempo beat (well, actually, it's fairly slow, but I rap it double time) and used my own site, , as the source of random words.
Grafh‘s been relatively quiet in the past few months but that's because he's been locking in. The rapper came through with Blow” ft Benny The Butcher at the top of the year and now, he returns with a little freestyle over an underrated Jay-Z track.Grafh tackles the It's Like That” instrumental on his latest freestyle.