Facebook launches experimental app ‘BARS’ for budding rappers


Facebook is set to launch its latest experimental app, BARSThe makes it possible for rappers to participate in, share, and create raps using professionally created audio production mechanisms. With BARS users can select from hundreds of professionally created beats, write their lyrics and record a video. BARS will also automatically recommend rhymes for the lyrics and offers different audio and visual filters to accompany videos.

How BARS works

BARS makes it easy to create and share raps, so rappers can focus on and experiment with the content, rather than investing heavily in equipment and production.

Record Over a Beat: Freestyle or Studio 

Audio production tools can be complicated, expensive, and difficult to use. With BARS, you can select one of our professionally-created beats, write lyrics and record yourself dropping bars. 

BARS auto-suggests rhymes as you’re writing to keep your flow going. You can also jump into Challenge mode and freestyle with auto-suggested word cues. Choose from a variety of audio and visual filters to take your creations to the next level.

No formal rap experience is required — you can create something great whether you’ve just thought of a dope couplet or have been freestyling for years.

DJ Iyer aka D-Lucks, BARS Community Manager, said, “Rap has a rich and varied history that has influenced culture for over 40 years. I’m inspired by the art form and the culture, and while I work at Facebook, I’m also a hip-hop songwriter and ghostwriter under the alias “D-Lucks.” 

“I know access to high-priced recording studios and production equipment can be limited for aspiring rappers. On top of that, the global pandemic shut down live performances where we often create and share our work. So, along with a group of aspiring rappers, we’ve been building BARS: a place for aspiring rappers to create and share their art,” Iyer added.

Additionally, BARS also contains a challenge for rappers to test their skills with a freestyle game that auto-generates words for rapping. 

As of now BARS beta is live on the iOS App Store in the US and is opening its waitlist for other regions. 

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