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You’re Killin’ Me: Freestyles

October 13, 2011 · Posted in you're killin me · 41 Comments 

Last time I checked freestyling meant rapping straight off the dome, not straight off the iPhone, or rapping verses from upcoming songs and calling them freestyles. You’re killin’ me. It also kills me when rappers remix a song and call it a freestyle. Out of all the things that are changing in Hip-Hop, this is what kills me the most.

Maybe it’s the media’s fault for asking freestyle challenged rappers to freestyle on every interview they do. Not every rapper is Canibus or KRS-One; so it’s unfair for us to ask them for freestyles on every interview. This epidemic was bound to happen. Some rappers can barely write raps, nevertheless freestyle on the spot. Under pressure who wouldn’t pull out the iPhone?

Wiz Khalifa reads his “freestyle” right off his iPhone. He’s not the 1st to do it, nor is he the last.

But don’t think you rappers are off the hook. You can’t get away with blaming the DJ’s. I’ve also seen those tracks you remix and deem them as freestyles. We’ve all seen these tracks. “N*ggas In Paris freestyle” or “A Milli freestyle”. You’re killin’ me. It’s not a freestyle, it’s a remix! A freestyle would mean that the given rapper jumped in the booth, and rapped straight off the top of his head. We’ve seen you guys “freestyle” on the radio, their is no way you came up with that line off the top of your head. Remix bro, not a freestyle.

Drizzy raps part of his verse from “Right Above It” on Tim Westwood. Drake did freestyle for a bit though; I’ll give him credit. Once again, Drake isn’t the 1st to do this nor is he the last.

If you’re looking for dope freestyles, I suggest you go back to the 80’s or go to the underground. Freestyling isn’t valued as much in mainstream Hip-Hop. I can’t blame mainstream rappers though. Why waste your time on freestyles when you should be practicing your written raps instead. Forget about trying to impress Tim Westwood or CosmicKev. Impress your fans with some sick written raps. Drake not being able to freestyle doesn’t make him less of a rapper.

I basically don’t care if my favorite rapper can freestyle or not as long as he hits the the pen and paper with no mercy. Just don’t call something a freestyle when it’s in fact a remix. DJ’s, lay off these rappers with no freestyling skills. Rappers, saying “no” to a freestyle request looks better than you reading off your phone. I’m not the only one you’re killin’ either; I’m pretty sure KRS-One throws up everytime he sees a rapper pull out his iPhone and “freestyle”. I don’t care whether you can freestyle or not, but if you don’t know how, don’t do it. Don’t use the word “freestyle” so loosely.

Rappers with so called “freestyles”, you’re killin’ me.

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PS. While we’re talking about misused words, let me get some more stuff off my chest. Slander is SPOKEN defamation. Tweeting is NOT slander. Written defamation would be LIBEL. Hate on your timeline is NOT slander! I don’t want to see another slander tweet ever again! You’re killin’ me.

Oh and stop calling one day old music “classic”.

Ok I’m done now. Stay classy San Diego.

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41 Responses to “You’re Killin’ Me: Freestyles”

  1. AntPDX on October 13th, 2011 5:58 am

    This needed to be said!

    Always on top of it KHH! Keep em comin’


  2. Zuno on October 13th, 2011 6:13 am

    Cudi in my opinion is one of those few mainstream rappers that can truly rap off the dome.


    Cudi sucks Reply:

    LOL Kid Cudi is one of the worst rappers out there… Listen to Lowkey or Immortal Technique not your faggot ass Kid Cudi which only stoners with skinny jeans like.


    calm down bro Reply:

    @Cudi sucks,

    be easy, its not a big deal. you dont like cudi so what. maybe zuno does.


    Jimmbo Slice Reply:

    @Cudi sucks, why be such a dick man? just cause you don’t like Cudi doesn’t mean you need to hop all on this guy’s opinion


    jordan Reply:

    True that@Zuno,


  3. karohn on October 13th, 2011 6:15 am

    True that KHH


  4. Jiminey Piff-It on October 13th, 2011 6:17 am

    nooo , no , no my friend … freeSTYLE doesnt or atleast didnt mean str8 off the top . a freeSTYLE originated as a simple verse w.out any specific topic , but now we claim those as freeVERSES & solely formed freeSTYLE into just off the dome . this is the main reason why such rappers feel allowed to commit such rap crimes … but your deff right , the term has been abused to the worst extent . even some of the best in the game are guilty .


  5. Biiihhh on October 13th, 2011 6:20 am

    the term ‘freestyle’ referred to a pre-written rap verse that was not on any particular subject matter, but rather was written for the purpose of demonstrating skil – so you can take it either way but I agree not a lot of dudes freestyle off the dome…


  6. Jackie on October 13th, 2011 6:33 am

    I love this post.
    There’s only about a few to none rappers right now that can actually freestyle.
    i just saw Chiddy Bang a few days ago, and man! i was impressed, that dude is pretty damn good.
    KHH now you gotta give credit to the ones that can actually freestyle.


  7. dk on October 13th, 2011 6:36 am

    but whose to say drake didnt freestyle then use it for right above it???


    Quez Reply:

    “Right Above It” served as the 1st single for Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being. I Am Not A Human Being was recorded before Wayne went to prison. Wayne officially turned himself into prison on March 8, 2010. This Drake “freestyle” dropped June 11, 2010. “Right Above It” was obviously already recorded when Drake visited Westwood in the UK.

    Not a freestyle.

    Like I said, he did freestyle about half of the video. But the 1st part was obviously his verse on “Right Above It”.


    dk Reply:

    @Quez, Not saying that he did or did not but there is no way of knowing 100%


    Quez Reply:

    yea very true. Drake’s never spoke on it either….so until he does I’m just assuming he “freestyled” his verse on Right Above It.

    dk Reply:

    @Quez, I do strongly agree with you about how it doesnt matter if your favorite artist can freestyle or not. As long as they put out good music.


    Charlie Martinez Reply:


    I really like Drake, but look at this:
    He is “freestyleing” from his iPhone.


  8. Jonathan on October 13th, 2011 7:06 am

    Don’t forget Bun-b’s verse for “uptown”

    The gangsta recognize me for my locc ness no joke it’s,
    Time to shake these haters off like the skin of a Locus,
    Or maybe like a python that’s the type a shit I’m on,
    I wrote this on my iPhone so let me drop this ibomb,….

    Theres nothing wrong with writing down a verse down with a pen a paper, but i find it much easier to write it on a phone, pc, or typewriter lol


  9. Big Joe on October 13th, 2011 7:08 am

    Em, Chiddy, and Mac are the best in my opinion


  10. dk on October 13th, 2011 7:10 am

    Drake still could have recorded his verse after Lil Wayne was in jail and before it first came out on August 3rd….


  11. Declan Fogarty on October 13th, 2011 8:05 am

    Hands Down, CuDi and Chiddy are the Best Freestylers I have ever heard, CuDi’s Tim Westwood Freestyle is breathtaking, and Chiddy is the KING of freestyling. Mac Miller and wiz are Both Iphone “Freestyler”.
    Lupe Fiasco ain’t bad at freestyling either


    Biiihhh Reply:

    @Declan Fogarty, dude mac can freestyle off the dome but like I said before freestyle doesn’t just mean off the dome man,
    but if mac is a Iphone rapper the what is this?


  12. Roy03x on October 13th, 2011 8:48 am


    Or when they recycle verses and use them as freestyles like that Diggy video posted on here. His 2nd verse in that video is a verse from his song “I Am He”

    But Diggy is still raw AF !


  13. tahadakid on October 13th, 2011 3:08 pm

    but KHH u gota give props for Em in freestylin


    Dre Reply:

    @tahadakid, yeah he’s a beast when it comes to freestyling, on of the best i’ve ever heard.


  14. JACK on October 13th, 2011 3:10 pm

    How bout Weezy’s Freestyle on Tim Westwood a few years ago?


  15. Royal Swagness on October 13th, 2011 4:23 pm

    I can always tell when someone is freestylin or not.
    1. Too many metaphors. If your freestylin you don’t have time to come up with punchlines “unless” your in a battle.

    2. Their flow. If you rap just like you rap on your records, then it’s written. Freestyles should be at a little slower pace since your thinking of words & rhymes at that moment.


  16. Gentleman J on October 13th, 2011 4:26 pm

    This is a freestyle.


  17. damian on October 13th, 2011 4:44 pm

    truee words !


  18. BK on October 13th, 2011 5:07 pm

    Nooooooooooooooooo not true . Freestyle is rapping over a beat that is not urs. Tryin to rap of the top will get u killed in a battle


    eromero41 Reply:

    @BK, Um, If you don’t freestyle in a battle how do you already have insults written for a guy you’re just seeing? Like if you make fun of something specific on his shirt, like a stain, if you wrote that, were you then just hoping he would have a shirt with a stain on it? Freestyle does mean rapping what pops into your head on the spot, it USED to mean to rap to no single theme/topic, like just saying any type of lines about anything, wether they were written or not.

    Anyways as sick as Eminem is at freestylin I would always rather here his written material, to me if you can write quality lyrics but can’t freestyle it don;t matter none.


  19. Chocolateface on October 13th, 2011 7:17 pm

    Thanks so much for sayin one day old music isn’t a “classic” to me that was the most important part of the article


  20. HoodRiddance on October 13th, 2011 8:09 pm

    Such truth here. If you want actual freestyles spend a little while youtubing Chiddy, Charles Hamilton (poor cat), and Black Thought


  21. Ghetto Bebop on October 13th, 2011 8:32 pm

    Bring REAL Freestyling Back! I’m Tried Of Hearing Written Things.
    I Want To See Who Is Born An Artist & Who Turned Into An Artist.
    I Love This Post.
    Freestyle Off The Top Is Fun. Bring It back.


  22. alex on October 13th, 2011 8:42 pm

    Big Daddy Kane disagrees
    Freestyle is not Off the dome


  23. shade on October 13th, 2011 9:01 pm

    i thought there were two kinds of freestyling: one is off the top and second is prewritten. the reason im sayin tht is because i heard it from ‘Grindtime’ thing i watched in youtube. they have all prewrittens because they know their opponents beforehand….but anyways i like freestyling off the top, that to me means that you are first of all intelligent and if your good, thn your clever too.


    shade Reply:


    just to clarify, i kno anyone can ‘freestyle’, that dont mean your ‘smart’. i mean if your good at freestyle than you got a way with words and to come up with them means your ‘intelligent’. and it takes practice to be a good freestyler, and also you got to study the dictionary so you can ton of words and also they’re meanings….i remember eminem said he studied the english dictionary a lot.


  24. STASH-OSIX on October 13th, 2011 10:14 pm

    I agreed wif ‘a day old song aint a classic’. nyc one KHH.


  25. Jon on October 13th, 2011 11:10 pm

    Jin all day son.


  26. Speters13 on October 14th, 2011 12:19 am

    And what about those BET Cyphers? It needs to be said that Shady’s cypher was the best by far. It doesn’t even matter to me if it was prewritten, because for many people it was kind of obvious, but most of the people just seemed to have showed up and bullshitted their verses. Then came Shady 2.0 and shattered my television.


  27. N@y'No on October 14th, 2011 11:16 pm

    The Cypher Between…Styles P,Lupe Fiasco & Papoose Was Dope. . .
    Lupe Fiasco Is A Good Freestyler Too But Have Y’all Heard Juelz Santana.



  28. Brian on October 15th, 2011 12:58 am

    couldnt agree more with you KHH, no rappers are actually “free-styling” now a days…all the mainstream artists either recite pre-written material or simply take verses from unreleased songs…it ruins the whole free-style concept…and the very few people that do actually free-style deserve the credit


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