Welcome to the ultimate lyrical showdown, where we pay homage to the verbal architects who have crafted some of the most iconic bars in hip hop history .

In this feature, we count down the top 100 greatest rap verses of all time, showcasing the lyrical prowess and poetic storytelling that has defined the culture of hip hop for the past four decades. From the golden era to modern-day classics, this epic lineup showcases the lyrical prowess, storytelling mastery, and unparalleled flow that have defined the genre. Explore the powerful imagery in Nas’ “N.Y. State of Mind” and the commanding delivery of The Notorious B.I.G. in “Victory.”

Dive into the contemplative themes expressed by Andre 3000 in “Elevators (Me & You)” and AZ’s musings on life’s challenges in “Life’s a Bitch.” Appreciate the finesse of Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents” and the pioneering lyricism of Rakim in “My Melody.” Delve into Lil Wayne’s intricate wordplay on “We Takin’ Over” and the intensity of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”

Appreciate the engaging narratives of Slick Rick in “La-Di-Da-Di” and the dynamic synergy between Nas and Raekwon in “Verbal Intercourse.” Lastly, revel in Inspectah Deck’s iconic opening verse in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Triumph.”

So let’s get into it. From Ice-T’s iconic opening verse on “6 ‘N the Mornin’” to Lil Wayne’s game-changing bars on “We Takin’ Over,” here are the 100 greatest rap verses of all time.

100. Future on “3500” (Verse 2)

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I put a Rolls and a Royce on my wrist
You can smell promethazine when I piss
I pray to God he bring me Actavis

99. Freddie Gibbs on “1985” (Verse 1)

Gangland, if you put a hit on Freddie Kane it'll be a gang murder
1985, Michael Jordan, bitch, I travel with a cocaine circus

98. The D.O.C. on “It’s Funky Enough” (Verse 1)

One, and here comes the two to the three and four
Then I drop the beat I have in store

97. Vic Mensa on “There’s Alot Going On” (Verse 1)

If you learn one thing from my journey, ni**a, it's don't stop believing
When this shit got so suffocating, I could barely even keep breathing

96. E-40 on “Sick Wild It II” (Verse 1)

Oyster Perpetual, cushion cut bezel
I'm busy I ain't even had time to eat a fortune cookie

95. Kool Moe Dee on “Let’s Go” (Verse 3)

Just usin' your name, I took those L's
Hung 'em on your head and rocked your bells

94. No Malice on “I Pray For You” (Verse 2)

Watch my brother 'round you bitches, I know he pretends
I greet you with the love of God, that don't make us friends
I might whisper in his ear, "Bury all of them"

93. Danny Brown on “30” (Verse 1)

That the last ten years, I been so fucking stressed
Tears in my eyes, let me get this off my chest

92. Meek Mill on “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)” (Verse 2)

Hold up, wait a minute (Minute), y'all thought I was finished?
When I bought that Aston Martin, y'all thought it was rented?

91. Jay Rock on “Money Trees” (Verse 3)

Bakin' soda YOLA whippin', ain't no turkey on Thanksgivin'
My homeboy just dome'd a ni**a, I just hope the Lord forgive him

90. Ice-T on “6 ‘N the Mornin’” (Verse 1)

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Six in the morning, police at my door
Fresh Adidas squeak across the bathroom floor

89. Drake on “Stay Schemin'” (Verse 2)

Kobe 'bout to lose a hundred fifty Ms
Kobe my ni**a, I hate it had to be him
Bitch, you wasn't with me shootin' in the gym

88. Raekwon on “Knowledge God” (Verse 2)

Fly like cashmere, last year, my team caught bodies in Grasmere
Hit a store owner named Mike Lavogna
Italiano, slanted-eye, banging a fat Milano
Selling coke right out the bottle

87. Kanye West on “Gorgeous” (Verse 1)

Inter-century anthems based off inner-city tantrums
Based off the way we was branded
Face it, Jerome get more time than Brandon

86. Q-Tip on “Excursions” (Verse 1)

Back in the days when I was a teenager
Before I had status and before I had a pager
You could find the Abstract listenin' to hip-hop
My pops used to say, it reminded him of Bebop

85. Cappadonna on “Winter Warz” (Verse 4)

My repertoire, is U.S.S.R
P.L.O. style got thrown out the car

84. J. Cole on “Looking for Trouble” (Verse 5)

I thought that real shit is what you been fiending ’bout
What you been praying for? What you been screaming ’bout?
Ironic, you been sleeping on the one that you been dreaming 'bout

83. GZA on “Duel of the Iron Mic” (Verse 1)

Yo, picture bloodbaths in elevator shafts
Like these murderous rhymes tight from genuine craft

82. Lauryn Hill on “Lost Ones” (Verse 1)

My emancipation don't fit your equation
I was on the humble, you on every station

81. Phife Dawg on “Buggin’ Out” (Verse 1)

Yo, microphone check one, two, what is this?
The five foot assassin with the roughneck business

80. Rick Ross on “Devil In a New Dress” (Verse 3)

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I never needed acceptance from all you outsiders
Had cyphers with Yeezy before his mouth wired
Before his jaw shattered, climbing up the Lord's ladder

79. Masta Killa on “Da Mystery of Chessboxin'” (Verse 6)

Homicide's illegal and death is the penalty
What justifies the homicide when he dies in his own iniquity?

78. Fat Joe on “I Shot Ya (Remix)” (Verse 3)

Runnin this racket, from New York to Montego
Slaughtering people, bring a ton of keys from Puerto Rico

77. Jadakiss on “Why” (Verse 1)

Yo, why is Jadakiss as hard as it gets?
Why is the industry designed to keep the artist in debt?

76. Ab-Soul on “The Book of Soul” (Verse 1)

And as much I wanna cower, bid the mic adieu
And fall off a fucking tower tryna find you
I gotta stay 'cause I remember that day
I looked you in the face and told you:
"Nothing can stop me, not even you"

75. Big L on “Ebonics” (Verse 1)

And if you got robbed, you got stuck
If you got shot, you got bucked
And if you got double-crossed, you got fucked

74. Conway the Machine on “The Cow” (Verse 1)

Ask my baby momma how much I cried when Machine Gun died
When I pulled up and seen that yellow tape outside
Had me ready to grab the stick and go apes outside

73. T.I. on “I’m Talkin’ to You” (Verse 3)

I ain't talkin to Buck cause he a real ni**a
Ain't talkin to Pimp cause he a trill ni**a
Ain't talkin to BG cause he like me, with old cases and will kill ni**as
I know you wannabe just like me since you got ya new record deal ni**a
But I don't give a fuck if you like me, no second diss, ya not trill ni**a
Ya in ya video wearin' white T, that don't make you no dope dealer ni**a

72. Lil’ Kim on “Quiet Storm (Remix)” (Verse 2)

I put a hundred percent in every line I drop
It's the Q to the B, with the M-O, B-B
Queensbridge Brooklyn and we D-double-E-P, what

71. Chuck D on “Black Steel In the Hour of Chaos” (Verse 1)

I got a letter from the government the other day
I opened and read it, it said they were suckers
They wanted me for their army or whatever
Picture me giving a damn, I said never

70. Jay-Z on “The Dynasty (Intro)” (Verse 1)

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Got a strange way of seeing life, like
I'm Stevie Wonder with beads under the do-rag
Intuition is there, even when my vision's impaired, yeah

69. DMX on “Slippin'” (Verse 1)

If I'm strong enough, I'll live long enough to see my kids
Doing something more constructive with their time than bids

68. Ghostface Killah on “Criminology” (Verse 1)

Extravagant, RZA bake the track and it's militant
Then I react like a convict and start killin' shit

67. Ice Cube on “Straight Outta Compton” (Verse 1)

Straight outta Compton!
Crazy motherfucker named Ice Cube
From the gang called Ni**as Wit Attitudes

66. Mos Def on “Thieves in the Night” (Verse 2)

Get yours first, them other ni**as secondary
That type of illin' that be fillin' up the cemetery

65. Eminem on “’Till I Collapse” (Verse 2)

I got a list, here's the order of my list that it's in
It goes: Reggie, Jay-Z, 2Pac and Biggie
André from OutKast, Jada, Kurupt, Nas, and then me

64. Treach on “Yoke the Joker” (Verse 1)

I can snap, rap, pack, click-clack, patter-pat-pat
Take that ass to the point you have to ask for your ass back

63. R.A. the Rugged Man on “Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story” (Verse 2)

I escaped the war, came back
But ain't escape Agent Orange: two of my kids born handicapped
Spastic, quadriplegia, microcephalic
Cerebral palsy, cortical blindness — name it, they had it

62. Sticky Fingaz on “Remember Me” (Verse 2)

Better come better than better to be a competitor
This vet is ahead of the shit, it's all redder, you deader and deader
A medic instead of the cheddars and credda
Settle vendetta with metal Beretta from ghetto to ghetto

61. Big Pun on “Super Lyrical” (Verse 1)

Ayo, my murderous rap verbal attack is actual fact
Tactical tracks match perfectly with graphical stats
Half of you lack the magical dap of tragical rap
That tackles your back and shackles and laughs at you

60. 50 Cent on “Many Men (Wish Death)” (Verse 3)

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In the Bible, it says what goes around, comes around
Hommo shot me, three weeks later he got shot down
Now it's clear that I'm here for a real reason
'Cause he got hit like I got hit, but he ain't fuckin' breathin'

59. Raekwon on “C.R.E.A.M.” (Verse 1)

I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side
Stayin' alive was no jive

58. Kool G Rap on “Men at Work” (Verse 1)

Rhymes are rugged, soul flooded, cold blooded
You ain't better, you're butter, so just shut it

57. Jay Electronica on “Exhibit C” (Verse 3)

They call me Jay Electronica—fuck that
Call me Jay Elec-Hanukkah, Jay Elec-Yarmulke
Jay Elect-Ramadan, Muhammad as-salaam-alaikum
RasoulAllah Subhanahu wa ta'ala through your monitor 

56. Killer Mike on “Reagan” (Verse 2)

They declared a war on drugs, like a war on terror
But what it really did was let the police terrorize whoever

55. Black Thought on “Web” (Verse 1)

I'm like young LL, cuz I'm hard as hell
Makin' ni**as screw face like Gargamel
Now I'm all out on my own like Patti LaBelle
Put the pimp game down on your mademoiselle

54. Pharoahe Monch on “Stray Bullet” (Verse 1)

I'm coming for you little girl
Once inside I shatter your world
Swirl, no more dreams, no hopes when I spray

53. O.C. on “Time’s Up” (Verse 1)

You lack the minerals and vitamins, irons and the niacin
Fuck who did I offend, rappers, sit back, I’m 'bout to begin

52. Pusha T on “Keys Open Doors” (Verse 1)

The realest shit I ever wrote, not Pac inspired
It's crack pot inspired, my real ni**as quote

51. Ludacris on “Made You Look (Remix)” (Verse 2)

You should print my information, quote my rhymes
And keep me in between these New York and L.A. Times

50. Gunplay on “Cartoon & Cereal” (Verse 3)

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Nobody can't mute me
But I never said nobody can't shoot me

49. Aesop Rock on “None Shall Pass” (Verse 1)

No score on a war-torn beach
Where the cash cow's actually beef
Blood turns wine when it leak for police
Like, "That's not a riot; it's a feast, let's eat!"

48. RZA on “4th Chamber” (Verse 4)

Aiyo, camouflage chameleon, ninjas scalin' your building
No time to grab the gun, they already got your wife and children
A hit was sent from the President to raid your residence
Because you had secret evidence and documents

47. Lupe Fiasco on “Adoration of the Magi” (Verse 3)

Can't be eyes closed when you side scroll
You not the first person
The first person from your first curse until your first cursive
And your curse words is in the curve version

46. Lil Wayne on “A Milli” (Verse 1)

I'm a venereal disease, like a menstrual bleed
Through the pencil, and leak on the sheet of the tablet in my mind
'Cause I don't write shit, 'cause I ain't got time

45. KRS-One on “MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know” (Verse 1)

Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everybody
Call up KRS, I'm guaranteed to rip a party

44. LL Cool J on “Rampage” (Verse 3)

Major MCs become minor B-flats
So retire the mic, get your chains and your bats

43. Pimp C on “Big Pimpin’” (Verse 3)

I would still be ridin' Mercedes
Comin' down and sippin' daily
No record 'til whitey pay me

42. MF DOOM on “Meat Grinder” (Verse 1)

Tripping off the beat kinda, dripping off the meat grinder
Heat niner, pimping, stripping, soft sweet minor

41. The Notorious B.I.G. on “Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)” (Verse 1)

You're mad 'cause my style you're admiring
Don't be mad, UPS is hiring

40. Method Man on “Shadowboxin'” (Verse 3)

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Wu brother number one
Protect your neck, flyin' guillotines, here they come
Bloody bastards, hard times and killer tactics
Spittin' words plus semi-automatic slurs, peep the graphic

39. Big L on “’98 Freestyle” (Verse 1)

Before I buck lead and make a lot of blood shed
Turn your tux red, I'm far from broke, got enough bread
And mad hoes, ask Beavis, I get nothin' Butthead

38. Guru on “Moment of Truth” (Verse 3)

Yo, I got one lyric pointed at your head for start
Another one is pointed at your weak-ass heart
Now if I pull the trigger on these fully-loaded lines
You're gonna wish I would've pulled a black 9

37. Big Daddy Kane on “Ain’t No Half-Steppin'” (Verse 1)

No type of joke, gag, game, puzzle or riddle
The name is Big Daddy, yes, Big, not little

36. Kurupt on “Stranded on Death Row” (Verse 1)

Stranded on death row, so duck when I swing my shit
I get rugged like Rawhead Rex with fat tracks that fits

35. Big Pun on “Twinz (Deep Cover ’98)” (Verse 1)

Dead in the middle of Little Italy
Little did we know that we riddled two middlemen who didn't do diddly

34. Common on “I Used to Love H.E.R.” (Verse 1)

I met this girl when I was ten years old
And what I loved most, she had so much soul

33. Black Thought on “Funkmaster Flex Freestyle #087” (Verse 1)

I never thought you'd give me a reason to do this
Cain and Abel, Jesus and Judas
Caesar and Brutus, I see intruders, avert your eyes

32. Mos Def on “Mathematics” (Verse 1)

Like nearly half of America's largest cities is one-quarter black
That's why they gave Ricky Ross all the crack
16 ounces to a pound, 20 more to a ki
A 5 minute sentence hearing and you no longer free

31. Nas on “The Message” (Verse 1)

32 shotguns, regulate with my dunns
17 rocks gleam from one ring
They let me let y'all ni**as know one thing
There's one life, one love, so there can only be one King

30. Ice Cube on “A Bird in the Hand” (Verse 1)

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'Cause we don't want a drug push
But a bird in the hand is worth more than a Bush

29. Redman on “Tonight’s Da Night” (Verse 1)

I'm after the gold, then after that, the platinum
Beef after that, Hurricane G packs the gat, son

28. El-P on “The Last Huzzah (Remix)” (Verse 5)

And every time you think my fifteen minutes of fame are up
I'll spit another sixteen to prove to the world I fucking own it

27. Snoop Dogg on “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” (Verse 1)

Ain't nuthin' but a G thang, baby
Two loced out ni**as going crazy
Death Row is the label that pays me

26. Nicki Minaj on “Monster” (Verse 4)

So let me get this straight, wait, I'm the rookie?
But my features and my shows ten times your pay?
50K for a verse, no album out
Yeah, my money's so tall that my Barbies got to climb it

25. Andre 3000 on “Aquemini” (Verse 4)

My mind warps and bends, floats the wind, count to ten
Meet the twin, André Ben', welcome to the lion's den

24. 2Pac on “Hail Mary” (Verse 1)

I ain't a killer, but don't push me
Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin' pussy

23. Busta Rhymes on “Scenario” (Verse 5)

Watch as I combine all the juice from the mind
Heel up, wheel up, bring it back, come, rewind
Powerful impact (Boom!) from the cannon!

22. Prodigy on “Shook Ones Pt. II” (Verse 1)

I'm only nineteen, but my mind is old
And when the things get for real, my warm heart turns cold
Another ni**a deceased, another story gets told

21. Kendrick Lamar on “m.A.A.d city” (Verse 1)

This is not a rap on how I'm slingin' crack or move cocaine
This is cul-de-sac and plenty Cognac and major pain
Not the drill sergeant, but the stress that weighin' on your brain

20. Jay-Z on “D’Evils” (Verse 2)

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We used to fight for building blocks
Now we fight for blocks with buildings that make a killin'

19. Lil Wayne on “We Takin’ Over” (Verse 5)

Ah, I am the beast
Feed me rappers or feed me beats

18. MF DOOM on “Rhinestone Cowboy” (Verse 1)

Hold the cold one like he hold a old gun
Like he hold the microphone and stole the show for fun
Or a foe for ransom, flows is handsome

17. Ghostface Killah on “Impossible” (Verse 3)

He pointed to the charm on his neck
With his last bit of energy left, told me rock it with respect
I opened it, seen the God holdin' his kids
Photogenic, tears just burst out my wig

16. Kendrick Lamar on “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” (Verse 2)

I'll probably live longer than you and never fade away
I'll never fade away, I'll never fade away, I know my fate
And I'm on the grind for this cake, I'ma get it or die tryin'
I'm eyein' every male gender with intentions of buyin'

15. Lupe Fiasco on “Mural” (Verse 1)

A word game back up plan that can dam lakes
Backup the wordplay ain't playing that the man's states
Means I can still be the man if the dam breaks
And when demand brakes I'm reflectious, what they can't face

14. Melle Mel on “The Message” (Verse 5)

A child is born with no state of mind
Blind to the ways of mankind

13. Scarface on “I Seen a Man Die” (Verse 2)

I watch him die and when he dies let us celebrate
You took his life, but your memory you'll never take

12. Lauryn Hill on “How Many Mics” (Verse 1)

Go ask Alice if you don't believe me, I get in her visions like Stevie
See me ascend from the chalice like the weed be

11. Nas on “N.Y. State of Mind” (Verse 1)

It drops deep as it does in my breath
I never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death
Beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined
I think of crime when I'm in a New York State of Mind

10. The Notorious B.I.G. on “Victory” (Verse 2)

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Released: July 22, 1997

Album: No Way Out

In the commission, you ask for permission to hit 'em
He don't like me, hit him while wifey was with him
You heard of us, the murderous, most shady
Been on the low lately, the feds hate me
The son of Satan, they say my killing's too blatant
You hesitatin', I'm in your mama crib waitin'
Duct tapin' your fam
Destiny lays in my hands, gat lays in my waist
Francis, M to the Izz-H phenomenal
Gun rest under your vest by the abdominal
Rhyme a few bars so I could buy a few cars (A few cars)
And I kick a few flows so I could pick a few hoes (A few hoes)
Excellence is my presence, never tense
Never hesitant, leave a ni**a bent real quick
Real sick, brawl nights, I perform like Mike
Anyone, Tyson, Jordan, Jackson
Action, pack guns, ridiculous
And I'm quick to bust if my ends you touch
Kids or girl you touch, in this world I clutch
Two auto-matos, used to call me fatso
Now you call me Castro, my rap flows (Castro)
Militant, y'all faggots ain't killing shit
Oops, Cristal keep spilling, shit, you overdid it, holmes
You in the danger zone, you shouldn't be alone
Hold hands and say it like me
The most shady, Frankie, baby, fantastic
Graphic, tryin' to make dough, like Jurassic
Park did, quick to spark kids who start shit
See me, only me, the underboss
Of this holocaust, truly yours, Frank White

9. Andre 3000 on “Elevators (Me & You)” (Verse 4)

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Released: July 9, 1996

Album: ATLiens

Got stopped at the mall the other day
Heard a call from the other way that I just came from ("Ayy")
Some ni**a was saying something
Talking 'bout smoke something
"Hey, man, you remember me from school?" "No, not really"
But he kept smiling like a clown, facial expression looking silly
And he kept asking me, "What kinda car you drive?
I know you paid, I know y'all got beaucoup hoes
From all them songs that y'all done made"
And I replied that I'd been going through the same things that he has
True, I've got more fans than the average man
But not enough loot to last me to the end of the week
I live by the beat like you live check-to-check
If it don't move your feet, then, I don't eat, so we like neck-to-neck
Yes, we done come a long way like them slim-ass cigarettes
From Virginia, this ain't gon' stop, so we just gon' continue

7. Jay-Z on “Dead Presidents” (Verse 2)

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Released: February 20, 1996

Album: Reasonable Doubt

So sick of ni**as
"I want money like Cosby" – who wouldn't?
This the kinda talk that make me think you probably ain't got no puddin'
ni**as got them kinda dreams from jail
You in the streets, ni**a, make your moves, get your mail
ni**as'll coast in the SL but can't post bail
ni**as'll roast a L, but scared to throw your toast, well
I'm here to tell ni**as it ain't all swell
There's heaven, then there's hell, ni**as
One day you're cruisin' in your 7, next day, you're sweatin', forgettin' your lies
Alibis ain't matchin' up, bullshit catchin' up
Hit with the RICO, they repo your vehicle
Everything was all good just a week ago
'Bout to start bitchin', ain't you? Ready to start snitchin', ain't you?
I'll forgive your weak-ass: hustlin' just ain't you
Aside from the fast cars, honies that shake they ass at bars
You know you wouldn't be involved
With the underworld dealers, carriers of MAC-millers
East Coast bodiers, West Coast cap-peelers
Little monkey ni**as turn gorillas
Stopped in the station, filled up on octane, and now they not sane
And not playin', that goes without sayin'
Slayin' day in and day out, when money play in, then they play you out
Tryin' to escape my own mind, lurkin' the enemy
Representin' infinity with presidencies, you know?

7. Rakim on “My Melody” (Verse 4)

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Album: Paid in Full

I'm not a regular competitor, first rhyme editor
Melody arranger, poet, et cetera
Extra events, the grand finale like bonus
I am the man they call the microphonist
With wisdom, which means wise words being spoken
Too many at one time, watch the mic start smoking
I came to express the rap I manifest
Stand in my way and I'll veto, all the word's protest
Emcees that wanna be best, they're gonna
Be dissed if they don't get from in front of
All they can go get is me a glass of Moët
A hard time, sip your juice and watch a smooth poet
I take seven emcees put 'em in a line
And add seven more brothers who think they can rhyme
Well, it'll take seven more before I go for mine
Now that's twenty-one emcees ate up at the same time
Easy does it, do it easy, that's what I'm doing
No fessing, no messing around, no chewing
No robbing or buying, biting, why borrow?
This slob will stop trying, fighting to follow
My unusual style will confuse you a while
If I was water, I'd flow in the Nile
So many rhymes, you won't have time to go for yours
Just because of applause, I have to pause
Right after tonight is when I prepare
To catch another sucker duck emcee out there
'Cause my strategy has to be tragedy, catastrophe
And after this you'll call me your majesty
My melody

6. Bun B on “Murder” (Verse 2)

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Released: July 30, 1996

Album: Ridin’ Dirty

Well, it's Bun B, bitch, and I'm the king of movin' chickens
Not them finger-lickings, stickin' ni**as that be trickin'
You need a swift kickin', your ass is ripe for the pickin'
Now as my pockets thicken, I'm deep-thinkin', nickel-slickin'
You sick when I be clickin', now take a look at the bigger ni**a
Malt liquor swigger, player hater ditch digger
Figure my hair trigger give a hot one in your liver
You shiver, shake, and quiver
I'm frivolous if a ni**a get wetter than a river
For what it's worth, it's the birth of some ni**as doin' dirt
Fuck her first night, take off the skirt, make her pussy hurt
Mister Master, hit the Swisha faster
Than you fever blistered bastards, fucked your sister, passed her
Fifty elbows for sale, yo
Brother better have my mail, ho
'Fore I catch a murder case and go to jail, oh
Hell no, time to bail, hit the trail so
We can sell more fuckin' yayo, get the scale, no
Other bullet duckers can shove us out of this game
They better buck us, 'cause the cluckers, they love us
Make them glass dick suckers shake they jelly like Smucker's
I hit like nunchakus, 'cause Short Texas bring the ruckus
This for my motherfuckers, cookin' cheese to crooked Gs
Rockin' up quarter keys to get the hook with ease
Wanna-bes get on your knees, feel the squeeze from them HK13s
From here to overseas, we do what we please
Don't trip 'cause we flip, light up a dip
I'm breakin' 'em off from they hip to your lip
Go ask that boy Skip, that ni**a Bun rip
With one clip, soon as the gun slip
Now I done whipped out my Barrelli, flyin' through your Pelle Pelle
And some smelly red jelly is drippin' out of ya belly
Served 'em up like a deli, jumped on my cellular tele'
Ho, sell it like it's goin' out of style
You can't see me, Marcus
So have a motherfuckin' Sweet and a smile

5. AZ on “Life’s a Bitch” (Verse 1)

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Released: April 19, 1994

Album: Illmatic

Visualizin' the realism of life in actuality
Fuck who's the baddest, a person's status depends on salary
And my mentality is money-orientated
I'm destined to live the dream for all my peeps who never made it
'Cause yeah, we were beginners in the hood as Five Percenters
But somethin' must've got in us, 'cause all of us turned to sinners
Now some restin' in peace and some are sittin' in San Quentin
Others, such as myself, are tryin' to carry on tradition
Keepin' this Schweppervescent street ghetto essence inside us
'Cause it provides us with the proper insight to guide us
Even though we know, somehow we all gotta go
But as long as we leavin' thievin'
We'll be leavin' with some kind of dough
So, until that day we expire and turn to vapors
Me and my capers will be somewhere stackin' plenty papers
Keepin' it real, packin' steel, gettin' high
'Cause life's a bitch and then you die

4. Eminem on “Lose Yourself” (Verse 1)

Most Important Moments Events In Rap Hip Hop History Lose Yourself Oscar

Released: October 28, 2002

Album: 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's choking, how? Everybody's joking now
The clock's run out, time's up, over, blaow
Snap back to reality, ope there goes gravity, ope
There goes Rabbit, he choked, he's so mad but he won't
Give up that easy, no, he won't have it, he knows
His whole back's to these ropes, it don't matter, he's dope
He knows that but he's broke, he's so stagnant, he knows
When he goes back to this mobile home, that's when it's
Back to the lab again, yo, this old rhapsody
Better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him, and

3. Slick Rick on “La-Di-Da-Di” (Verse 1)

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Released: August 13, 1985

Album: N/A

La-di-da-di, we like to party
We don't cause trouble, we don't bother nobody, we're
Just some men that's on the mic
And when we rock up on the mic we rock the mic (Right)
For all of y'all keeping y'all in health
Just to see you smile and enjoy yourself
'Cause it's cool when you 'cause a cozy condition
That we create, 'cause that's our mission
So listen to what we say
Because this type of shit, it happens every day
I woke up around ten o'clock in the morning
I gave myself a stretch up, a morning yawning
Went to the bathroom to wash up
Had some soap on my face and my hand upon a cup
I said, "Um, mirror, mirror on the wall
Who is the top choice of them all?"
There was a rumble jumble, five minutes it lasted
The mirror said, "You are, you conceited bastard!"
But that's true, that's why we never have no beef
So then I washed off the soap and brushed the gold teeth
Used Oil Of Olay 'cause my skin gets pale
And then I got the files for my fingernails
Due to the night and on my behalf
I put the bubbles in the tub so I could have a bubble bath
Clean, dry was my body and hair
I threw on my brand new Gucci underwear
For all the girls I might take home
I got the Johnson's Baby Powder and the Polo cologne
Fresh dressed like a million bucks
Threw on the Bally shoes and the fly green socks
Stepped out my house stopped short, oh no
I went back in, I forgot my Kangol
And then I dilly (dally), I ran though a (alley)
I bumped into my old girl (Sally) from the (valley)
This is a girl plays hard to get so I said
"What's wrong?" 'cause she looked upset, she said
"It's all because of you I'm feeling sad and blue
You went away and now my life is filled with rainy days
And I love you so, how much you'll never know
'Cause you took your love away from me"
Now what was I to do
She's crying over me and she was feeling blue
I said, um, "Don't cry, dry your eye
Here comes your mother with those two little guys"
Her mean mother stepped up, said to me "hi"
Looked Sally in the face and decked her in the eye
Punched her in the belly and stepped on her feet
Slammed the child on the hard concrete
The bitch was strong, the kids was gone
Something was wrong, I said "What is going on?"
I tried to break it up, I said "Stop it, leave her"
She said "If I can't have you, she can't either"
She grabbed me closely by my socks
So I broke the hell out like I had the chicken pox, but
She gave chase, she caught up quick
She put a finger in the face of MC Rick
She said, "Why don't you give me a play
So we can go cruising in my OJ?
And if you give me that OK
I'll give you all my love today
Ricky, Ricky, Ricky, can't you see?
Somehow your words just hypnotize me
And I just love your jazzy ways
Oh, MC Rick, my love is here to stay!"
And on and on and on she kept on
The bitch been around before my mother's born
I said, "Cheer up," I gave her a kiss
I said, "You can't have me, I'm too young for you miss."
She says, "No, you're not!" then she starts crying
I says, "I'm nineteen," she said, "Stop lying!"
I says, "I am, go ask my mother
And with your wrinkled pussy, I can't be your lover!"
To the tick tock ya don't stop
To the tick tick ya don't quit
Hit it!

2. Nas on “Verbal Intercourse” (Verse 1)

Top 10 Best Ghostface Killah Guest Verses Of All Time Raekwon

Released: August 1, 1995

Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

Through the lights, cameras, and action, glamor, glitters, and gold
I unfold the scroll, plant seeds to stampede the globe
When I'm deceased, by then the beast arise like yeast
To conquer peace, leaving savages to roam in the streets
Live on the run, police paying me to give in my gun
Trick my wisdom with the system that imprisoned my son
Smoke a gold leaf, I hold heat nonchalantly
I'm raunchy, but things I do is real, it never haunts me, while
Funny style ni**as roll in the pile
Rooster-heads profile on the bus to Rikers Isle
Holding weed inside they pussy with they minds on the pretty things in life
Props is a true thug's wife
It's like a cycle, ni**as come home, some'll go in
Do a bullet, come back, do the same shit again
From the womb to the tomb, presume the unpredictable
Guns salute life rapidly, that's the ritual

1. Inspectah Deck on “Triumph” (Verse 1)

Greatest Rap Album Opening Lines Of All Time Wu Tang Forever

Released: February 11, 1997

Album: Wu-Tang Forever

I bomb atomically, Socrates' philosophies and hypotheses
Can't define how I be dropping these mockeries
Lyrically perform armed robbery
Flee with the lottery, possibly they spotted me
Battle-scarred Shogun, explosion when my pen hits tremendous
Ultraviolet shine blind forensics
I inspect you through the future see millennium
Killa Beez sold fifty gold, sixty platinum
Shackling the masses with drastic rap tactics
Graphic displays melt the steel like blacksmiths
Black Wu jackets, Queen Beez ease the guns in
Rumble with patrolmen, tear gas laced the function
Heads by the score take flight, incite a war
Chicks hit the floor, diehard fans demand more
Behold the bold soldier, control the globe slowly
Proceeds to blow, swinging swords like Shinobi
Stomp grounds and pound footprints in solid rock
Wu got it locked, performing live on your hottest block
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