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Is 16 bars equal to 16 lines? (w/ a POLL this time)


 


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ONE bar is equal to...
ONE line. 34 33.33%
TWO lines. 51 50.00%
i have no fuckin idea... 5 4.90%
i THOUGHT i knew... but not sure anymore. 12 11.76%
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 04-30-2006, 10:31 PM         #76
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naw pimpin, its equal to 32 lines...

 13 years ago '05        #77
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Intro To Rhyming 101


There is a massive misconception going around on internet messageboards pertaining to the measurement of "1 bar".

Most people thinks 1 bar is as such:


quote:
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Originally posted by IncorrectEmcee The cat had a bat and thought he was all that. He use the bat to smash the hat flat as a mat.//(1)
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This is not one bar. This is two lines together known as a "bar-couplet" which is two bars. The correct format would have been like this:


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Originally posted by ElevatedEmcee The cat had a bat and thought he was all that.(1)
He use the bat to smash the hat flat as a mat.//(2)
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There are two bars here indicated in the proper format. The technically accepted definition of a rap bar is 'one line that sets up a word to be rhymed upon or rhymed with'. A lot of people think 2 bars = 1 bar because a "bar-couplet" dosen't sound complete without the other bar, but it's not one bar. In music (which is what lyrics are written to) a "bar" = two snares or one "measure". The BPS is going to determine how many words per snare hit you can fit. Keep in mind that the rhyming word is delivered at the end of a beat hit (which is the snare in this case) which is where you get the bar from. If a beat only lasted 16 bars, your last rhyming word will be at the exact time the song ended, a.ssuming you have anything that resembles a "flow". But to get on the more technical side, you can break it down into this simple formula:


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quote:
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one line = one bar = one measure = 2 snares = 1 snare -&- 1 high hat.
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Once again, the terminoligy that a lot of us use as a "bar" is actually a Bar Couplet. I'll get some help from my good friend the official on the English Language; Myriam Webster to help clarify further:


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bar: (br)


a. A vertical line drawn through a staff to mark off a measure.
b. A "measure". <---I included the definition on the bottom of this post.


Couplet: (kplt)


1. A unit of verse consisting of two successive lines, usually rhyming and having the same meter and often forming a complete thought or syntactic unit.
2. Two similar things; a pair.
3:\Coup"let\ (-l?t), n. [F. couplet, dim. of couple. See Couple, n. ] Two taken together; a pair or couple; especially two lines of verse that rhyme with each other.


That's an excerpt from Websters Unabridged Dictionary which you can find online with ease. I'll even throw in the defiition of the word "measure" in the musical sense so you can see what a fu*king absolute jackass you've made of your self:

Measure: (mzhr)


17: Music. The metric unit between two bars on the staff; a "bar".
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With this knowledge, it's quite easy to observe other mainstrem rappers. Many rap Collabos and individual verses are divided into 16 bars. Each is given 16 bars with the finisher usually given 22 or 32. This is just the simple formula studios use. Now go turn on any hip-hop collabo where a sh*tlaod of mainstreamers come together, and start counting the lines. Count the lines per verse: 16. Always has been and always will be 16. Very few labels and recording studios deviate from this formula because all - and I mean ALL- rappers get paid per 16. You'll even hear them talk about it sometimes.


If for what ever reason you were offered a spot on a track, you'd be getting paid for 16. If you got paid for 16 bars, you'd be getting paid for 16 lines. If you submit 32 (as you would with the incorrect 2lines/bar format), half of them won't be recorded. That's a basic fact of studio time.

 13 years ago '04        #78
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it all depends on different variables(BPM,that specific Rapper, etc....) but most rappers use the bar couplet joint when they want the song to be longer.

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