Friday, June 10, 2011

Pharoahe Monch

The last batter to hit, blast, shattered your hip
Smash any splitter or fastball, that'll be it

(This slant-rhyming couplet from "The Next Sh*t," from his 1999 album, Internal Affairs, contains not one, but two examples of an apocopated rhyme -- which is a rhyme that matches a one-syllable word with the stressed syllable of a multisyllabic word.  In this example, "last" and "blast" are the one-syllable words and "fastball" the multisyllabic word they are rhymed with.  "Hit" and "it" are another pair of perfect rhymes that form another apocopated rhyme with "splitter."  There's a lot of other stuff going on in this couplet as well, but I see your eyes beginning to glaze over.)     

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