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Published on Jun 19, 2012
This video shows 2 Examples of using rhyme schemes in scratching. The first measure is utilizing an end-rhyme scheme for pattern A. Although both have different beginnings both end on a similar/identical pattern (rhyme). In contrast the B pattern on the 1st scratch flow presents a continuous rhyme-scheme in which the entirety of the pattern is continuous and non-changing.
The 2nd scratch flow is a new rhyme scheme therefore A in the 2nd flow is entirely different from the 1st flow. The B pattern is a continuous and identical in each B. The C pattern introduces an ending that rhymes with B creating a rhyme scheme that links B with C.
I first heard of rhyming and scratching through QSU's scratch theory section, but this elaborates on it by connecting scratching to rhyme schemes in poetry creating a method that allows one to look at scratching the way an emcee would think about rhymes. This is especially handy if we're to think of each scratch as a word that increases our scratch vocabulary, by using rhyme schemes we're able to transform that vocab into rhythmically comprehensible poems/flows. Another way to look at this would be to think that if you're participating in a Q&A session and are given 16 bars you can create solid flows that aren't based on doing 16 bars of the same scratch over and over again, or doing one scratch for 2 bars and another scratch for 2 bars etc... You can now attempt to vary your cuts in a logical way that flows well and makes sense, as opposed to being extremely abstract losing the audience.