If the beat is time, flow is what we do with that time

If the beat is time, flow is what we do with that time

The beat is only one half of a rap song’s rhythm. The other is the flow…The flow isn’t like time, it’s like life. It’s like a heartbeat or the way you breathe, it can jump, speed up, slow down, stop, or pound right through like a machine. If the beat is time, flow is what we do with that time, how we live through it.

– Jay-Z, from Decoded