Audio: Big Daddy Kane Explains Freestyle

Taken from an interview BDK did, along with dozens of other legends, for the book “How To Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC”.. which is more of a required history lesson than a how-to for dummies.

BDK tells the author that in the golden age, a freestyle was a rhyme you wrote. It was “free” of “style” in the sense of subject matter. As in not a story about a girl, poverty, etc. Off the dome freestyles we’re just playing around on the corner to see who’d mess up first. He also says when you look at the greatest lyricists, they wrote their rhymes.

He doesn’t address rappers using the instrumental-of-the-month and calling it a freestyle. Which seems to bother some people, but not me. It’s definitely not the first word to have changed meaning throughout history.


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68 Responses to “Audio: Big Daddy Kane Explains Freestyle”

  1. Dre Says:

    Jay-Z debate in 5,4,3,2…

  2. ODEMIC Says:

    whachu mean? maybe i had it fucked up as well but like you said you didn’t see prior comments and just went in. no harm no foul.

    ^

    kev thought “Precious” was the prequel to Lord of the Rings

  3. ODEMIC Says:

    Dre Says:
    March 19th, 2010 at 1:47 pm
    Jay-Z debate in 5,4,3,2…

    ^

    who that Mason?

  4. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    we need a board on what literary crying in response to comments look like. cause if we go by what happened between ike and rj in the last thread that means a lotta mahfukas on here have cried.

  5. landlord Says:

    and besides…

    whats wrong with being compared to Smokey Robinson?…

    he’s an african amercian music Icon…

  6. landlord Says:

    lotta mahfukas on here have cried.

    ——–

    true…

  7. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    I cry all the time

  8. b-ease Says:

    Interesting perspective, I guess BDK would know better than anyone. But when I was coming up “freestyle” meant off the top of the dome (ll).Now, if it was a on a mixtape, granted it was written, but not cyphers. Guess it’s a regional thing in some respects.

  9. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    *cries*

  10. b-ease Says:

    means a lotta mahfukas on here have cried.

    ^^
    Beezy’s bitch ass being foremost among them.

  11. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    What time si that show today Brian?

  12. landlord Says:

    seriously Kevin… not so much that ike cried… its just that we go wack back no homo with this shit, and he should have known better than to think i was taking direct shots at him… i clearly typed in plural…

  13. b-ease Says:

    What time si that show today Brian?

    ^^
    It’s not till the 9th.

  14. blahk duppy Says:

    he’s an african amercian music Icon

    ^ I see what you did there.

  15. landlord Says:

    i cried when DBillz called me a simp for defending Amanda Diva… i just logged off first so no one would see the tracks of my tears …

  16. Fresh Huxtable Says:

    I remember back in 2nd grade, the last year before the computer report cards when teachers
    actually wrote them out, a kid in our class changed an F to an A by adding a line on the F. Didn’t work: besides having a boxy A, he used a different color pen and didn’t change the 47 that he had next to it.
    His dad came to school, took his belt off in the classroom, and started whooping him on the spot.

    “Bathroom break everyone,” said the teacher.

    Years later, I was telling my AP psych teacher the story, no names, because we were talking about the effects of corporal punishment. She thought it was so funny, she told it to the next student that walked in the room.

    “That was me,” he said when she finished the story. I apologized through the laughter…I told him I didn’t use any names and he unnecessarily snitched on himself.

  17. blahk duppy Says:

    i clearly typed in plural…

    ^ *sleeps with tribes mom*

  18. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    It’s not till the 9th.
    ^
    Of next month? Why the fuck did i think it was tonight….lolol you must of been like wtf is this nigga talking about that he has to chill with a shorty tomorrow…

  19. b-ease Says:

    no one would see the tracks of my tears …

    ^^
    And I see what you did there.

  20. ODEMIC Says:

    coulda swore i just gave $5 to Beezy on my way back to the office… lil short dude with a t-shirt saying Huggies

  21. landlord Says:

    straight up…

    smokey had classics yo…

    whats fucking with “Baby Baby Dont Cry” or “Special Occasion” or “Second That Emotion”?…

    sweartogod

  22. blahk duppy Says:

    ODEMIC do you know Mike Holmes. And why do you pronounce about as aboat?

  23. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    i cried when i read and wasn’t apart of the last “i cried when…” threads.

    them shits were epic.

  24. b-ease Says:

    ….lolol you must of been like wtf is this nigga talking about that he has to chill with a shorty tomorrow…

    ^^
    I was more like “why is this nigga making plans to chill with a broad 3 weeks in advance? Fucking weirdo.” lol

  25. blahk duppy Says:

    nigga hungry right about now.

  26. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    In kindergarten they called my mother because they found me taking a shit in the bathroom naked perched up on the toilet like a frog.

  27. b-ease Says:

    No doubt, Smokey is/was that nigga.

    He did the commencement at my graduation. I was half expecting him to break into “Quiet Storm” halfway thru the speech, but alas, no dice.

  28. TheCo!!inB Says:

    Off the dome freestyles allow you to say shit like the “the F is for Phenomenal”

  29. landlord Says:

    *william smokey robinsons it up*

    it hurt me..

    cause i thought DBillz would share my stance in defending our sister against the barrage of racially and sexually perverse commentary directed at my Amanda …

    SMH…i never felt so alone on a blog before no homo …

  30. b-ease Says:

    Damn, d_block, you were one those kids? I remember a kid took a dump in the urinal in 2nd grade. Like, what the fuck was going on in this kid’s household?

  31. blahk duppy Says:

    In kindergarten they called my mother because they found me taking a shit in the bathroom naked perched up on the toilet like a frog.

    ^ Ohh kaaaaay.

    *backs out room mad slow*

  32. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    its just that we go wack back no homo with this shit,

    ^

    ok you meant to say ‘way back’ but since you flubbed then that cancels the no homo so…..

    ayo.

  33. b-ease Says:

    If it was any other woman, Billz mightve backed you up (ll), but he and the Diva are arch enemies.

  34. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    ROFFLE

    Ease

    Yo, when i was a kid, i used to strip to take a shit…oh and i was afraid of falling in the toilet so i used to climb up like a frog…

    ROFFLE

  35. b-ease Says:

    I cried when Sean Coonery said my head (n) was the size of a planet.

  36. blahk duppy Says:

    Beezy was the first to admittedly announce he misses another commenter. think it was b-ease. smh.

  37. landlord Says:

    its just that we go wack back no homo with this shit,

    ^

    ok you meant to say ‘way back’ but since you flubbed then that cancels the no homo so…..

    ayo.

    —–

    wtf?… how i miss that?… i have never “wacked back” with a nigga… no homo …

  38. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    they found me taking a shit in the bathroom naked perched up on the toilet like a frog.

    ^

    this PR la rana lookin ass boi. lololol

  39. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    Oh and my pops beat the shit out of me too….good times

  40. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    wtf?… how i miss that?… i have never “wacked back” with a nigga… no homo …

    ^

    loooooooooooooooool.

  41. Tong Po Flo Says:

    Don’t know why I randomly remembered that.

    ^ roffle this is nah that land of randomness that why we love thee

    PS I hope cats aren’t still ashame if they eat the vajajjay I mean how you gon think yourself a great lova if you don’t fully know how to please a woman?

  42. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    I have to come into the office on Sunday…I’m siked…

  43. ODEMIC Says:

    blahk duppy Says:
    March 19th, 2010 at 2:00 pm
    ODEMIC do you know Mike Holmes. And why do you pronounce about as aboat?

    ^

    What’chu talking bout duppy?

  44. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    I hope cats aren’t still ashame if they eat the vajajjay
    ^
    Only Rigz and Bloke.

  45. Zee! Says:

    It was all good till Smokey Robinson started hawking subpar foods:

    flickr.com/photos/groovymother/289661585/

  46. blahk duppy Says:

    Ifux was the first to say another man was handsome

    rick fox looked stellar (c) ifux.

  47. Macson Escobar Says:

    without big daddy kane !
    aint no njigga !
    right !

  48. landlord Says:

    Zee! Says:

    It was all good till Smokey Robinson started freebasing away all his millions in songwriting royalties

    *fixed*

  49. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    Ifux was the first to say another man was handsome

    ^

    lol. i remember fux saying he seen reggie bush in person and being impressed by the size of his arms. nahkis were wyle w/it when i landed here in ’08.

  50. S.I.C.K.GIGANTE Says:

    Freestyle=Off The Dome(II)

  51. ODEMIC Says:

    D_Block_4_Life Says:
    March 19th, 2010 at 2:10 pm
    I hope cats aren’t still ashame if they eat the vajajjay
    ^
    Only Rigz and Bloke.

    ^

    the fuck is vajajjay tho? Don’t let Oprah win…

  52. TheCo!!inB Says:

    In kindergarten I dropped trou’ in the front of the class and took a pee pee in the waste basket next to the teachers desk. lil meat was exposed for a while, little girls giggling. one kid told on me and my private school was allowed to spank kids with parental consent so a niggas buns got lit up properly by the principal afterwards. I don’t know what possessed me to do it but it clearly wasn’t worth the agony.

  53. landlord Says:

    peace

  54. Ant Says:

    wtf?… how i miss that?… i have never “wacked back” with a nigga… no homo …

    ^^
    lol

  55. ODEMIC Says:

    what if Big L never died, yo?

    *lights blunt*

  56. why? Says:

    Nah BBQ = Sausage Fest

    No gracias. I see why Eskay been delaying it.

  57. PastorKerneyThomas Miwacles Says:

    Freestyle=Off The Dome(II)

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    im sayin…..
    niggas act like u cant tell when shit is written or at least pre meditated

  58. Tong Po Flo Says:

    the fuck is vajajjay tho? Don’t let Oprah win…

    ^ Lol I think I got that from SuperBad or something

  59. TheCo!!inB Says:

    Speaking of subpar celeb food. Bo Jackson’s Sweet Potato Pies >

  60. LaneKiffin*CainSniffin*LaneSwitchin* Says:

    what if Big L never died, yo?

    *lights blunt*

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    niggas wouldnt be able to recycle already used rhymes like they really brand new. (see: Lil Wayne)

  61. donkilluminati Says:

    KANE!

  62. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    See, Collin knows..

  63. Ant Says:

    *bookmarks post*

  64. Tong Po Flo Says:

    so a niggas buns got lit up properly by the principal afterwards.

    ^ *죽은*

  65. kevfrescura de talco Says:

    yo odemic, its amazing how ya moms having survived throat cancer still tops a nigga off thru her tracheostomy. bless her soul. sometimes we’d 69 and she’d tea bag me at the same time.

  66. PW Says:

    Last Thread made great reading. I think imma write a screen play with characters based of you nahggers… including the stories y’all have told.

    Watch that shit be a blockbuster.

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