10 ENG Features of Rap part III

THE TASK

You have been hired to write and perform a rap song that will help teach language features to students in another school. These students are struggling to understand and remember the language features, and through your rap you will be able to share your knowledge.

The rap will be around 2 minutues long and will include 5 of the language features we have covered in class (you will need to choose 5).

When writing your rap you will need to consider some of the things we will be covering in class including structure, beat, rhythm and ideas, and how we see these appear in rap.

Due date: We will aim to perform the raps on Monday the 20th of March!

STRUCTURE OF RAP

INTRO: A small space of time “typically 4 bars but sometimes shorter or longer” that is at the beginning of the song.

HOOK (CHORUS): The hook aka the chorus is typically the busiest part of the song. This is the high point in the song and often times carries some type of melody. The hook is typically 8 bars in length and is usually repeated 3-4 times throughout the duration of the song.

VERSE: The verse is typically 16 bars in length, usually repeated three times throughout the song and has fewer instruments than the hook. The verse is usually a low point in the song as there are less instruments during the verse so the lyrics can be the main focal point without to many distractions.

OUTRO: The outro is a small space of time which is usually 4-8 bars and is at the very end of the song after the last hook.

TYPICAL STRUCTURES:

Intro – Hook – Verse – Hook – Verse – Hook – Outro

Intro – Verse – Hook – Verse – Hook -Verse -Hook -Outro

Intro – Hook – Verse – Hook – Bridge – Verse – Hook – Outro

TASK 1

In pairs, rearrange the pieces of the rap in front of you into what you think is the correct order.

Once you have done this, label each part "Intro", "hook" or "verse" depending on what you think is it.

Check the answers before glueing them into your book!

TASK 2

looking at the rap you have worked with today and answer the following questions:

How important is the structure of the rap? Why?

How has the rap been arranged? Did you notice any patterns?

How does the structure influence the overall effect of the rap?

Thinking about this, how might you structure your own rap?

Credits:

Created with images by Simone_ph - "music microphone score" • Matt Murf - "Rapper @ Guanabara" • ROBEphoto Photography - "Hip Hop with my phone"

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