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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:13 pm 
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100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances

Edited By: Stereo Williams
Last Updated: 11-19-2010

Criteria: - This list was based on innovation, complexity, skill, and timelessness. Please note that the song is credited to the artist who's verse is the most impressive or memorable. (If the song was recorded by a group; it is noted in the parenthesis)

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1. Set It Off - Big Daddy Kane
2. Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em - Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim)
3. Kick In the Door - Notorious B.I.G.
4. Follow the Leader - Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim)
5. Kool Is Back - Kool G Rap
6. Da Art of Storytellin' Pt II - Andre 3000 (OutKast)
7. Thought @ Work - Black Thought (The Roots)
8. Ebonics - Big L
9. Raw - Big Daddy Kane
10. Dead Presidents Pt II - Jay-Z
11. Unbelievable - Notorious B.I.G.
12. I Refuse Limitation - Cee-Lo Green (Goodie MOB)
13. Portrait of A Masterpiece - The D.O.C.
14. Super Lyrical - Big Punisher
15. The World Is Yours - AZ (Nas)
16. I Run This - Slick Rick
17. Lyrics of Fury - Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim)
18. Resurrection - Common Sense
19. Conceited Bastard - Ras Kass
20. Gold Watch - Lupe Fiasco
21. Wrath of Kane - Big Daddy Kane
22. Can I Live - Jay-Z
23. If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) - Nas
24. A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre - Andre 3000 (Outkast)
25. Exhibit C - Jay Electronica
26. Children's Story - Slick Rick
27. If I Die 2Nite - 2Pac
28. They Down With Us - Scarface
29. Lausd - Chali 2Na (Jurassic 5)
30. Once Again It's On - Treach (Naughty By Nature)
31. Play It Again, Polo - Kool G Rap
32. I Got A Story to Tell - Notorious B.I.G.
33. I Just Don't Give A Fuck - Eminem
34. Millennium - Andre 3000 (Outkast)
35. Triumph - Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan)
36. Murdergram - LL Cool J
37. Name of the Game - Talib Kweli (Reflection Eternal)
38. Yes Yes Yall - Redman
39. Verbal Intercourse - Nas (Raekwon)
40. Batting Practice - A Plus (Souls of Mischief)
41. Step Into A World (Rapture's Delight) - KRS-One
42. Always & Forever - Rakim
43. Zealots - Lauryn Hill (The Fugees)
44. Quills - Black Thought (The Roots)
45. Victory - Notorious B.I.G. (Puff Daddy)
46. Doggy Dogg World - Kurupt (Snoop Doggy Dogg)
47. 22 Two's - Jay-Z
48. The Grain - Ghostface Killah
49. Renegade - Eminem (Jay-Z)
50. Heartz of Men - 2Pac
51. Dance For Me - Queen Latifah
52. Lick the Balls - Slick Rick
53. Nature of the Threat - Ras Kass
54. Criminology - Raekwon
55. Rock Co. Kane Flow - MF Doom (De La Soul)
56. I Go To Work - Kool Moe Dee
57. Breakadawn - Posdnous (De La Soul)
58. Labels - GZA
59. Blazing Arrow - Blackilicious
60. Til I Collapse - Eminem
61. Untouchables - Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim)
62. Headaches and Woes - Aceyalone
63. The Truth - Beanie Sigel
64. It's A Big Daddy Thing - Big Daddy Kane
65. Breathe - Fabolous
66. Ice Water - Ghostface Killah (Raekwon)
67. The Pledge (Eternal Sunshine) - Jay Electronica
68. Craziest - Treach (Naughty By Nature)
69. All For the Love - Jadakiss (The LOX)
70. Dreams - Phonte (Little Brother)
71. Big Ole Words (Damn) - Cee-Lo Green
72. What's My Name, Yo? - MC Lyte
73. Temperature's Rising - Prodigy (Mobb Deep)
74. Notorious Thugs - Notorious B.I.G.
75. Can't Front On Me - C.L. Smooth (Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth)
76. Ready Or Not - Lauryn Hill (The Fugees)
77. Arhythamaticulas - Aceyalone
78. Thug Love - Bizzy Bone (Bone Thugs N Harmony)
79. Right Where You Stand - Jadakiss (GangStarr)
80. Speed - Eightball (Eightball & MJG)
81. You Must Learn - Pharoah Monche (Organized Confusion)
82. Treat 'Em Right - Chubb Rock
83. Get By - Talib Kweli
84. I Shot Ya (remix) - LL Cool J
85. Boom! - Black Thought (The Roots)
86. Long Kiss Goodnight - Notorious B.I.G.
87. Rewind - Nas
88. Deltron 3030 - Del the Funkee Homosapien (Deltron 3030)
89. Symphony - Kool G Rap (The Juice Crew)
90. The BBQ - Rah Digga (Eternia)
91. Friend or Foe - Jay-Z
92. The Watcher, Pt. 2 - Rakim (Jay-Z)
93. Dr. Carter - Lil Wayne
94. Westside Slaughterhouse - Ice Cube (Westside Connection)
95. Ladies First - Monie Love (Queen Latifah)
96. Wannabemceez - KRS-One
97. (W.O.E.) World of Entertainment - Chali 2na (Jurassic 5)
98. Whoa! - Foxy Brown
99. GhettoMusick - Big Boi (Outkast)
100. Uptown Anthem - Treach (Naughty By Nature)


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:39 pm 
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No Sage Francis. List is void.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
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The world is yours is by nas, not az.


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Get at me dog by dmx deserves 2 be on here


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
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How is there no Public Enemy in the top 20?


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or Em?? LOL.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
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Just recently getting into Big Daddy Kane....DAMN this guy could rhyme. Old school rap is simply the best.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:17 pm 
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The greatest rap lyrics ever...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azfTYpQCgSI


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
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How is The Message not in this? Not saying it has to be #1. But it should be here for the last verse alone.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
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This is just sick...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyuVlY1QkJU


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:07 am 
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A couple of points:

This list focuses on the skill of lyricism as it pertains to emceeing; not necessarily subject matter. But the more technical aspects of rhyming. Chuck D. is a great rapper and emcee, but there are several lyrical performances that are skilled and dexterous than his. Even though his rhymes are very thoughtful, intelligent and innovative in subject matter. That being said; if someone has a particular Chuck performance that you feel was technically brilliant (again, focusing more on skill than subject matter, per se) please let me know.

Also, "The Message" is a brilliant song (greatest hip hop song ever imo) but it was written mostly by session man Duke Bootee and the rest of it was comprised of recycled lyrics from "Superrappin'" a song Melle Mel recorded in 1979.

But again, this list is focused more on skill than subject matter. Just a showcase of some of the more fluid, dexterous and technically brilliant examples of rhyme-writing as it pertains to hip hop.

If you have any suggestions/recommendations, please let me know.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:19 pm 
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A child is born with no state of mind
Blind to the ways of mankind
God is smiling on you but he's frowning too
Because only God knows what you'll go through
You'll grow in the ghetto, living second rate
And your eyes will sing a song of deep hate
The places you're playin', where you stay
Looks like one great big alley way
You'll admire all the number book takers
Thugs, pimps, pushers and the big money makers
Driving big cars, spending twenties and tens
And you wanna grow up to be just like them, huh,
Smugglers, scrambles, burglars, gamblers
Pickpockets, peddlers even panhandlers
You say: "I'm cool, I'm no fool!"
But then you wind up dropping out of high school
Now you're unemployed, all non-void
Walking 'round like you're Pretty Boy Floyd
Turned stickup kid, look what you've done did
Got sent up for a eight year bid
Now your manhood is took and you're a may tag
Spend the next two years as a undercover fag
Being used and abused to serve like hell
Till one day you was found hung dead in a cell
It was plain to see that your life was lost
You was cold and your body swung back and forth
But now your eyes sing the sad, sad song
Of how you lived so fast and died so young



That's too good to have been written by a session man. Put it in the list.

Also, AZ did Life's a Bitch, not World is Yours.

Also also, last time I checked it was Ghostface's verse on Criminology that everyone remembers.

also also also, War at 33 1/3 is pretty absurd for Chuck D.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
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What do you mean by "pretty absurd" for Chuck D?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
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the delivery is rapid fire.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rap/Hip-Hop Lyrical Performances
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Yah, I thought you meant 'absurd' in a bad way.
I know, Chuck really surprised me with that one. I'd have to say it's easily his best lyrical work.


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