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What are rap bars and how do I count them?

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A "bar" in a rap song is simply one line in the song, thus counting bars only requires the counting of the lines. Suggesting a rapper has bars as a positive compliment derives from the fact that a rhyme cannot be created from one line, but rather requires multiple lines.

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Just as poetry is divided into lines and stanzas, rap songs measure the same things using bars and verses. In displaying a bar in text, a forward slash is typically used to denote the conclusion of a bar. There is no predetermined length of a bar beyond what can be understood as one line, usually creating a rhyme with the following bars.

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