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  • What does bars mean?

    When rappers use bars what do they mean? like rap lines?
    Only Haters Talk Shit

  • #2
    ?lol, when i see bars the first thing that comes to my mind is "jail" lol...
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    • #3
      They mean chocolate. You know, Like Mars bars. I like Crunchie, but Mr. Big is pretty good, too.
      change must come from within

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      • #4
        lol..............
        Now let the night be dark for all of me.
        Let the night be too dark for me to see
        Into the future. Let what will be, be.'

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        • #5
          lmfao... hersheys is better ^_^
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          • #6
            alot of rappers have their own view on bars..but its basically 2 lines = 1 bar..you can get into detail but its basically 2 lines = 1 bar
            Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984

            ITS THAT GLASGOW/BREDA CONNECTION

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            • #7
              ok
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              • #8
                But some people say this

                Originally posted by Drex
                A bar is not two lines. 'Bars' refers to the music/beat, not the lyrics/writing. Bars are the division of the music/instrumental into a series of beats.

                Virtually all hip-hop beats are accompanied by a drum pattern, which, at it's most basic level is a simple loop. For example in a "4/4" timing, there are four beats on the hi-hat for each bar, with the bass drum on the first beat and the snare drum on the third beat. Most hip-hop instrumentals are of this 4/4 timing, and a track which has a 4/4 timing can be separated up into divisions of four beats. The lyrics of the song will have to be delivered on the rhythm of the drum beats, for it to "flow" correctly. The rhythm of the drum beats is also what people dance to.

                Even more simply, listen to a rap song, and count to four in time with the music: when you reach the fourth count, that's the end of the bar. Most likely, the rapper has delivered a 'line' in that time, and in the most basic form of writing there will be one line per bar. More diverse emcees will have a much more organic feel to their writing - their lines will begin/end in the middle of bars, and flow into each other. But simply put, one 'line' is delivered in one bar.

                Verses are delivered in phrases of 16 bars (a technique pioneered by KRS-One - before him, emcees would just rhyme for undefined lengths). I'm not sure if there is a music theory explanation for this, but if you listen to a rapper spitting for a length that isn't eight/sixteen/thirty-two bars, etc (i.e., if a rapper rhymes for nineteen bars), it just feels "wrong": as if they haven't completed their verse.

                Rapping for 16 bars has become such a staple in hip-hop, that it has become synonymous with delivering a verse - emcees will say they will "spit 16 bars". What they really mean is they will spit for a duration of 16 bars of music.

                So to answer the question - bars are a division of music; which serve to structure songs. Rappers deliver verses in lengths as defined by these bars.
                Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984

                ITS THAT GLASGOW/BREDA CONNECTION

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                • #9
                  ok, thats too much for me to comprehend, so lets stick to 2 lines = 1 bar lol
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                  • #10
                    ^
                    But how is that measured with rappers with lazy/not existant flow?
                    change must come from within

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                    • #11
                      a bar is a place that serves drinks. in england we call them pubs

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                      • #12
                        **hits the fly on the wall**

                        bizzare's raps are so slow
                        cause he cant rap faster then a hoe...

                        thas a bar... i think

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                        • #13
                          no, a bar is a line. Like a verse is 16 bars, and if you check the lyrics on any song, its always 48 bars usually, 3 verses of 16 bars or 2 verses of 24 bars. 16 bars = 16 lines, check with any song. Anyways that what I always thought.

                          You a hot 16
                          I'm a very great song
                          -Mase
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by B-zar
                            alot of rappers have their own view on bars..but its basically 2 lines = 1 bar..you can get into detail but its basically 2 lines = 1 bar
                            I agree with drex.. his definition is correct..

                            but in terms of rappin... 1 line = 1 bar.

                            for the most part most rappers spit 16 bars per verse... thats 16 lines.

                            for example...


                            Just take my advance and make a small town in Cleveland pop\\
                            "Vivrant Thing" on my hip, that will make you "Breathe and Stop\\

                            those are 2 bars from a 16 bar verse in Keepin' it Gangsta.
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                            • #15
                              ^werd man, I dont know where these morons get their info

                              drex could have a point but rappers rap in lines, not duration of rap beats. Bizarre is one slow ass wack muthafucker, but on "Just Like You" he still has 2 verses of 16 bars (16 lines) so even he raps slow he still spits the same number of lines. The duration of the beat has nothing to do with the length of a verse.
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