Cassidy introduces the Science of Rap, breaks down the rhyme patterns of Eminem.
Cassidy recently sat down with Math Hoffa and the crew where they talk about rap, lyricism, and more. The Conversation begins from the random rhymes when Cassidy and Daylyt detail how most rappers say the words in a way to make them rhyme. Cassidy says that what battle rappers, they make them seem like it rhymes, but it doesn’t rhyme. Then Cassidy was asked about how come people don’t like Eminem and he’s technical at matching the lyrics.
When a co-host informed Cassidy that Eminem does just that, rhyming all syllables in his lines, not just the final one, Cassidy agreed but added that Em frequently threads the same syllable through the line, replacing variety for repetition. Interestingly, Cassidy can quote entire bars off the top of his head, despite the fact that they are all 20 years old.
“He’s not technical all the time,” says Cassidy. “He’s piecing up syllables but sometimes he don’t, sometimes he rhyme one syllable.” Then he gives an example by rapping Eminem’s first verse of “The Way I Am”.
“I sit back with this pack of Zig-Zags and this bag,
Of this weed, it gives me the sh*t needed to be
The most meanest MC on this on this Earth
And since birth I’ve been cursed with this curse to just curse,”
“That’s one syllable,” he says. “It’s just y’all think he piecing up all these syllables. He do rhyme more syllables in other raps but a lot of times he just don’t even be piecing up it’s just a lot of rhymes and you think that he killing it.”
The 39-year-old Philadelphia native then went on to rap some of the lines of “My Name Is”.
“Hi, kids, do you like violence?
Wanna see me stick nine-inch nails through each one of my eyelids?
Wanna copy me and do exactly like I did?
Try ‘cid and get f**ked up worse than my life is?
That’s the piece-up, the two-syllable piece-up!
My brain’s dead weight, I’m tryna get my head straight
But I can’t figure out which Spice Girl I want to impregnate
And Dr. Dre said, “Slim Shady, you a basehead”
Then “why’s your face red? Man, you wasted”
Well, since age 12, I felt like I’m someone else
‘Cause I hung my original self from the top bunk with a belt”
“I know the science of this sh*t is a two-syllable piece up. That’s the best Eminem right there. When he rap like that, that’s when I really like him. But a lot of people don’t even understand the way that you’re supposed to rhyme and piece it up,” says Cassidy.
“You gotta really break the science down the proper way like not just rappers, fans too, everybody. Like I know this is one syllable, this is two, this three, this is this. Once people could do that, rappers gonna have to step it up and fans gonna demand more cause they’re gonna understand better.”
Cassidy could listen to Eminem’s newer work, where he can find 10-syllable patterns and sophisticated rhyming systems that will satisfy even the most discerning rap fan. However, Cassidy’s obvious enjoyment of the basic rhythm of “My Name Is” demonstrates that Eminem understood precisely what he was doing when he traded complexity for assertiveness.
Check out the full conversation below.