Notorious B.I.G. – “Hypnotize” Rap Sheet Music Transcription

Below is the sheet music for Notorious B.I.G.’s rap verses on his song “Hypnotize.” It is a musical transcription of his vocal rhythms, not the beat. Before it is a video demonstration of the rapper’s rhythms as played by a
triangle, while the bass kick below plays the underlying beat of the
song’s 4/4 meter.

Martin Connor is a music teacher & writer from Philadelphia, PA, with a music degree of high distinction from Duke University who is currently studying for a master’s degree at Brandeis University in Boston, MA, while focusing his research on the vocal melodies of the rap genre. He has contributed freelance articles to HipHopDX, Complex, and Pigeons and Planes, and had multiple articles from his website, go viral on BET, The Source, XXL, and MTV. He teaches rap lessons online through the music school LessonFace, and has a book, The Artistry Of Rap Music, forthcoming from the McFarland Publishing House, scheduled for release in late 2017, as a follow-up to his 2014 contribution to their anthology "Eminem & Rap, Poetry, Race." He welcomes all comments, compliments, insults, and restaurant suggestions at

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