Add this to the extremely short list of ternary form rap songs.  I actually can’t think of any others

RiFF RaFF – The Neon One



  1. Mike Allen says:

    Had to revisit this post. I’ve been listening to a lot of Chopin lately, and noticed that many of his pieces are in ternary form. I’m kinda wondering why more modern music doesn’t use this style. It’s very simple, and it feels nice – like two neat bookends on a song.

    • REDLiteDJ says:

      I agree man we’re so locked into verse/chorus format for popular music (rap also introduces the “Freestyle” form which would basically be written “A/A/A/A…”) but changes in formal structure can be very interesting and effective tools for expression, it’s a shame they’re so unexplored. One reason I love “Cartoons and Cereal” so much is the form is a just barely more complex verse/chorus form but those slight variations add a lot of suspense and unpredictability to the song, it really stands out as a different kind of song than other rap songs. U should keep me posted if u stumble across any other examples, could make a good post series.

      • Mike Allen says:

        Definitely will! It’s funny you mentioned it too, because now I have been actively searching for that very thing, haha.

  2. […] music composition/theory nerds out there – I know I’m not the only one!  Remember that weird ternary-form RiFF RAFF song from 2014?  Here’s an even stranger Nipsey Hussle & Buddy song that’s straight simple binary […]

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