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Well… Everybody rappin’ like it’s a commercial
Actin’ like life is a big commercial…
Pass The Mic – The Beastie Boys
In musical improv (especially musical hip-hop), it’s always a good idea to have your “hip-hop Rolodex” of rhymes locked and loaded so you can have any number of options to choose from to rhyme with. But inevitably someone in the crew will use your rhyme and you’ll have to do something a little unorthodox –
USE THE RHYME AGAIN!!!
There is nothing wrong with reusing the same word to rhyme with. What does matter is whether or not you sell the idea that you’re doing it as a choice instead of an accident. Committing to doing so in earnest will allow you to come off as a rhyme tactician versus a rhyme tragedician. That’s what Mike D did with that masterpiece of lyricism above.
Sometimes commitment will carry you much further than executing technique perfectly. Get in the habit of selling your performances to audience even when you think you’re doing the lamest work ever. You’ll feel good about doing something lame and the audience will get the show they were seeking!