The art of freestyle rhyming is when a rapper puts toegether different lyrics off the top of his head without referring to any written or rehersed lyrics. Rappers often use there surroundings as topics when freestyling such as their location objects or the people they are with. Freestyling is a test of a rappers ability and battles are often waged to determine who is better.
It is not uncommon for an artist to perform freestyle raps during a live show as seen here when jay z freestyle's during a show with mary j blige.
Jay-z - Freestyle
Here is another freestyle by jay z and dmx backstage. not really a battle just a showcase of skill
DMX Versus JAY Z FreeStyle
Many impressive online freestyle battles are available and can quickly make a name for an up and coming artist. One rapper who made his name from freestyle battles was Jin. Here are a few of his best battles
friday freestyle - Profit vs Jin freestyle battle
friday freestyle jin battle against guy who falls off. freestyle
Freestyle Friday Jin vs Skazoo battle
Another form of freestyle is rapping written lyrics over a beat live. One of the most popular examples of this is the Cassidy Freestyle that got over 2 million hits on youtube
Cassidy Freestyle song lyrics
Another hot freestyle by cassidy hyping up one of his popular songs:
Cassidy - Freestyle
When gangster rappers freestyle battle their lyrics are usually very threatening and violent.
Freestyle Battle: Cassidy Vs. Freeway
One of my favorite rappers "lil wayne" also has a collection of freestyles online. One of the best places for freestyles is rap city.lil wayne rap city freestyle
Besides lil Wayne's rap city freestyle he has countless amounts of freestyle videos making there way around the net. Here are a few of my favorites:
Lil' Wayne live freestyle - rap city
lil wayne freestyle over jay z beat
Here is some rare freestyle footage by some of the best in the game
2pac Rare Freestyle
Extremely rare tupac and biggy freestyle
Proof and Eminem Freestyle *Very Rare*
The last video I will post here has been called the worst freestyle battle ever recorded on film. Why would I post it here then? I found it strangely amusing, maybe you will as well.
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