Scientists Reveal Secrets Behind Hip Hip’s Most Complicated Rhymes

After analyzing the music of some of hip hop’s biggest artists, from Eminem to Public Enemy, linguists at the University of Manchester in England noticed something pretty impressive.

As it turns out, Grammy Award-winning rappers seem to have an intuitive sense for rhyme, using subtle rhyming patterns called half-rhymes (like “hop and “rock”) much more often than traditional rhymes (like “cat” and “mat”). See the difference?

“With ‘traditional’ rhyme, the decision about whether two words rhyme or not is something we can explain pretty easily based on our conscious reflection (either they’re the same or they’re not),” Dr. Wendell Kimper, a linguistics professor at the university who supervised the research, told The Huffington Post in an email. “With half-rhyme, it becomes a lot harder to figure out where to draw the line — we know that it has something to do with how similar the sounds are to each other, but as an individual you wouldn’t be able to explain precisely why one half-rhyme works and another doesn’t. When it comes to speech sounds, there’s still a lot we don’t know about similarity and how to measure it.”

For the research, Kimper’s student Louise Middleton, a third-year —> Read More Here


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