This week I’ll begin with one of my personal favorite rhyme types, “The Getting Money Rhyme!”
But it takes more than bragging about Italian name brands, folding the baddest ladies like beach chairs, and crashing luxury vehicles and treating them as mere hoopties! The Getting Money Rhyme is about setting yourself apart from other rappers, broke rappers, who not only don’t have as much money as you, they can’t meet your level of lyricism. They can’t convey your intimate knowledge of a baller lifestyle in word patterns that resonate with the streets. Moreover, the idea is to make ballin’ seem effortless and not forced. Think of whatever you’re rappin' as needing minimal effort or happening in grandiose fashion.
On the other hand it can be argued this rhyme type inspires and motivates, but can it also be viewed as feeding on a society’s affixation with a materialistic world? It can send the wrong message to the naive of mind as things in life don’t always come with ease.
Although the getting money rhyme as a platform to brag may seem easy it does take substantial skill to elaborate on making money however creative it is and not indict yourself. Usually the money is not coming from a nine to five and what you say can probably be used against in a court and not basketball one either.
No surprise at this but they may even brag about the amounts of money they have or others lack for the purpose of proving a point. When using these angles, dopeness is in how musically you execute, being believable can also help too.
In short rhymin' is an art I judge with no bearing on content per se. If the rhyme is dope it’s dope, whether or not you agree with the message is another story.
There are more types of rhymes to explore, but we’ll get to that next time, when I break down "The Let Them Know Rhyme.
As a student of music, he has a lot of love for the art of rhymin'.
He has written rhymes on top of rhymes in some old beat up marble notebooks somewhere
and has listened to thousands of more over a 20 year span.