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Thread: Whats a bar in rap?

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    Senior Member ShaneM's Avatar
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    Whats a bar in rap?

    Just curios on what a bar in rap acutally is.



    Some places say this is a bar:



    This is my example bar


    and it wasn't very hard



    Some places say this is a bar:



    This is my example bar - bar 1


    and it wasn't very hard - bar 2



    So does a bar go by the rythme of the first bar or is a bar every two ryhmed words?


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    i consider a bar the 2nd example u show, but ive seen ppl do it the first way 2...i guess its however the rapper sees it...i may be technically wrong but i do it my way so i dont care...lol

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    Technically, you can divide a bar however you want. Most "bars" are 4 beat measures though. Listen to DMX Ruff Ryder Anthem. Pay attention to the downbeat at the beginning of each bar.


    It cost me more to be free than a life in the Pen/
    Makin' money off of cus words, writin' again/
    Learn how to think ahead so I fight with my pen/
    Late night down Sunset, likin' the sin" - 2pac





    I'm no expert though, so consult somebody who actually does this to verify.

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    I consider it being lines as of created lines in poetry... The rapper write down the lines or bars and then hits everyone with a beat, but most likely a bar is a line.


    @Ahiggity ur talkin about beats,,, they use timeline bars for beats not lyrical wise lol.

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