Facebook launched a TikTok-style app to help aspiring rappers create their own 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 high-priced recording studios and production equipment can be limited for aspiring rappers,” said DJ Iyer, NPE team member and hip-hop songwriter. under the pseudonym “D-Lucks”. “On top of that, the global pandemic has interrupted live performances where we often create and share our work. So, with a group of budding rappers, we built bars: a place for budding rappers to create and share their art.
The app, currently available in closed beta on the US App Store, does not require the user to have formal rap experience. It allows the artist to select a professionally created beat, write lyrics and record videos up to 60 seconds long, which can be personalized using a range of audio filters and visuals.
Beginners will have the benefit of being automatically suggested rhymes as they write, while more advanced rappers can have fun with “Challenge Mode”, where artists can freestyle with automatically suggested words.