Facebook has launched a TikTok-like app aimed at helping up-and-coming rappers create their music without having to spend a dime.
The “Bars” app, created by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team, provides a platform for rappers to create and share raps using professionally created beats.
“I know that access to recording studios and expensive production equipment can be limited for aspiring rappers,” said DJ Iyer, NPE team member and hip-hop songwriter under the pseudonym of “D-Lucks”. “On top of that, the global pandemic has put an end to live performances where we often create and share our work. So, with a group of budding rappers, we built bars: a place where budding rappers can create and share their art. »
The app, which is currently available in closed beta on the US App Store, does not require the user to have formal rapping experience. It allows the artist to select a professionally created beat, write lyrics and record videos up to 60 seconds long, which can be customized using a range of audio filters and visuals.
Beginners will have the benefit of being auto-suggested rhymes as they write, while more advanced rappers can have fun with “Challenge Mode”, where artists can freestyle with auto-word hints -suggested.