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The Top 10 Greatest Inspectah Deck Guest Verses Of All Time

Inspectah Deck, aka the Rebel INS, may not have had the same solo success as his Wu-Tang brothers, but there’s no denying that bar-for-bar, he has the most memorable verses in the entire group.

This is the very same rapper who set it off on Wu’s debut single “Protect Ya Neck,” featured on one of the greatest rap songs of all time “C.R.E.A.M.” and, of course, delivered a top five rap verse of all time on “Triumph.” Not only is Deck responsible for some of the greatest Wu verses, he’s rapped some of the best guest verses of all time.

Now let’s go bomb atomically and check out Inspectah Deck’s top 10 guest verses.

10. “9 Milli Bros.”

Other rappers on the record: Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Cappadonna, Method Man, GZA, Masta Killa, U-God

Album: Fishscale

Released: March 28, 2006 

Another reunion track! For Ghost’s acclaimed 2006 release, he grabbed all the Wu members and added some Ol’ Dirty vocals to make us feel warm inside. Deck as usual slays his part.

We grindin' down to the bone, my name grounded in stone
I'm Mr. Violence we loungin' with chrome
Mr. Violence we lounge in his home, hit the housing on Rome
Shining like a hundred thousand in stones
Move mountains with poems, got a jones for dinero
1-6-zero my songs we throwin' elbows
The hoes cling, sho thing, we know kings
Only dime dikes with minds right, we choose Queens

9. “Black Mozart”

Other rappers on the record: Raekwon

Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II

Released: September 8, 2009

Rae came back with a vengeance with his highly anticipated sequel, delivering one of the best Wu albums in recent years. Rounding up his brothers for some murderous guest verses and an A-list line-up of producers, Rae made it feel like it was 1995 all over again. Deck appeared on 3 songs (4 if you include the bonus track “Rockstars”), and he killed all 3 of them. “Black Mozart” features RZA with an intoxicating hook and Deck with a bananas flow.

Yo, I used to scramble hard, radio strapped to the handlebars
Fifty deep in the lobby, large, rocking camouflage
Dark Caesar holding my nuts, played the building front
Fifth of Henny, throw a little snow in the blunt
Just growing up, schooled by OGs, holding Os and up
Daily, new drama unfold—"They popped him over what?"
It's so rough—nobody know him, so what?
"Ayo, the money's close by, homie, show me the stuff"
Borough-hopping, copping bricks, bags, burners, and kicks
City slickers, circling the strip, working them tricks
Like Friday night, cruise in the coupe, new volure suit
Fruit-flavored kicks, taking flicks out in 40-Deuce
Farmer jeans, hammer swing, tucked in the loop
How they hit Ms. Fisher, they was busting that suit
Up in 54, underground, parrot and Q
Made man with the grey shams, wrapping the boo
Stay flam, every day, fam, stacking my loot
Eighty grams in the cake, bam, packages flew
Sipping passionfruit, Alizé, in back of The Ooh

8. “Cold World”

Other rappers on the record: GZA

Album: Liquid Swords

Released: November 7, 1995 

Liquid Swords haunting soundscape and bleak themes served GZA well, but it also provided Deck with the perfect jump-off to deliver his sobering bars over a sample of “In The Rain” by The Dramatic. Wu-affiliate Life also provides a haunting hook to cap it off.

Yo, no time to freeze, undercovers ease up in Grand Prixs
And seize packages and pocket the currency
Cliques control strips, full clips are sprayed
Yellow tape barricades sidewalks where bodies lay
Madness strikes at twelve o’clock midnight
Stick-up kids on the ground broke the staircase light
And I stays harassed, scramblin' for petty cash
Jakes on my ass, young bucks is learnin' fast
Three-Fifteen-Sevens and Forty-Fours
Bought inside corner stores, provide sparks for wars
Hospital floors surrounded by the law
Homicide questionin' while the Jakes guard the door
My hood stay tense, loyalty puts strength in my team
‘Cause ni**as’ main concern is C.R.E.A.M
Some ni**as in the jet-black Galant
Shot up the Chinese restaurant for this kid named Lamont
I thought he was dead, but instead, he missed the kid
And hit a twelve-year-old girl in the head, and then fled
Tactical narcotic task force, back off fast
‘Cause the crime boss is passin' off cash
Extortions for portions of streets, causes beef
Havin' followers of Indians trying to play Chief
You witness the saga, casualties and drama
Life is a script; I’m not an actor
But the author of a modern-day opera
Where the main character is presidential papers, the dominant factor

7. “Tru Master” Pete Rock – Soul Survivor

Other rappers on the record: Pete Rock, Kurupt

Album: Soul Survivor

Released: November 10, 1998

Pete Rock’s ’98 debut album, Soul Survivor, is so fucking dope and just keeps getting better as time goes on. The line up of high calibre MCs rapping over Pete Rock production is bananas: Inspectah Deck, Kurupt, Method Man, O.C., Raekwon, Prodigy, Ghostface, Large Professor, Kool G Rap, Black Thought, MC Eiht, Big Pun, Common, and more. 

In fact, the line up of MCs was too dope, it made Pete Rock’s verses sound redundant at times — did we really need him to close off “The Game” following Rae, Prodigy and Ghost? Probably not. First to set the album off, as always, Inspectah Deck.

Your highness, live from the bricks, one-six
Pete Rock bang your head, break the drumsticks
Verbal assault, rhymes rippin' through the mix
Specialist, with the smash hits, catch the flick
Savagely attack this, clash with accurate aim
Spark the flame, burn this inside and pop a vein
Ride tracks like the Soul Train, hold ya brain
In the state of shock, make 'em drop, it's a cold game
I bang with the big boys, those who hold names
Amateurs get hung with they own gold chains
I swing blades, best bring grenades against
A Tru Master, way beyond your freshman attempts
Spit rounds on the floor, evidence of the war
It's on 'til the death, 'til we settle the score
You can never measure, to the standard
Of the most popular demanded, rap classic
Pop corks while the style knock your socks off
Ghetto summer jam's got the streets blocked off
Plots to knock me off get stopped short
Armed with my thoughts, move the world with an unknown force

6. “Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)”

Other rappers on the record: Big Pun, Prodigy

Album: Capital Punishment

Released: April 28, 1998

It doesn’t get much more lyrical than this. Big Pun, Prodigy and Inspectah Deck spitting murderous bars over an eerie RZA production. ’90s hip hop heads fainted when they first heard this joint. Not much more to say about it, dope dope dope.

Fake one, take one, no ultimatum, face one
There's no escape from
Straight from the grain come the great one
My blade swung, decapitate your snake head
Slit your snake tongue, make one false maneuver - you a mystery
Unsolved, the mob that revolves automatically involved
Musclebound sounds surround commercial thugs
Rock turtledove Bowery suits and purple gloves
Me and you can have some fun, make it a blast
You couldn't take the impact with steel shoulder pads
Blood for blood, veteran covered in mud
Wounded in the midst of war, still tradin' slugs, gettin' major love
Way above you newcomers
I come thunderin' with the heat of two summers
When I enter the zone, move mountains with the presence alone
Before the words rip through the microphone
Chrome dipped lyrics are known to split stone
You privatize, home in but can't seem to clone

5. “Assassination Day”

Other rappers on the record: RZA, Raekwon, Masta Killa

Album: Ironman

Released: October 18, 1996

Ironman was a Ghostface album which at times felt like a Wu Tang project, it wasn’t until 2000’s Supreme Clientele, where Ghost fully came into his own as a solo artist. On this project, he was overshadowed by his crew members; by Cappadonna on “Winter Warz,” Rae on “Daytona 500” and “Motherless Child” and Deck on “Assassination Day” (which oddly enough Ghost didn’t even appear on).

I move through the Third World, my third eye's the guiding light
Invite the fight, we all die tonight
The life I live's a 25 to life bid
Parole reneged, I stroll the globe fugitive
Cream is short, Cee Cipher Power stalk, plus the fiend talk
3 Gs the cost in Supreme Court
White lies and blackmail land me back in jail
We're all for sale, a stolen goal but it fail
Stranded on the front line, I shine to the dumb and blind
It comes time I take back what was once mine
Crunch time in the first quarter, from the worst slaughter
Devil's poisoning the birth water
The earth daughter rest her head on my chest
Through the struggle we cuddle under half-moon crest
While the press plant fear and exploit the gun blasting
Central broadcasting is shackling, nerves are unfastened
Trapped in deep water, gasping
I clash with the titans for my half on the action

4. “House of Flying Daggers”

Other rappers on the record: Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man

Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II

Released: September 8, 2009

How fitting that the first verse on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II is not from Rae, but Deck. Even as important as this project was to him, Chef knew that there’s only one rapper who can set it off in the right way.

I pop off like a mobster boss
Angel hair with the lobster sauce
Summertime, can't top the scorch
Check my hot broad, I dropped the Porsche
FBI wanna watch the force, tryna lock my source
Where I'm from—hear the macs, Tecs, Glocks and fours
Hide the safe, ni**a, lock the doors
No respect for the cops and laws
In the land where your own blood brother still plot for yours
Seen things that'll drop your jaw
My soldiers got dropped in war
See the mural on the project wall?
Won't stop til I cop them all
Wanna block me? You gots to brawl, trade shots and all
'Cause I ain't on the clock for talk
The spot rusher, blow down the spot for sure
Still break off the block with raw, my stock is more
The General: watch your board

3. “Above the Clouds”

Other rappers on the record: Guru

Album: Moment of Truth

Released: March 31, 1998

’98 was a killer year for Deck. Fresh off murdering “Triumph” and an assortment of songs on Wu-Tang Forever, Deck made the rounds for guest verses, popping up with Pun, Pete Rock, Kurupt, and of course, the one and only Gang Starr. This is probably the most well known Deck guest verses, as well as one of Premo’s best beats.

Yeah, I leave scientists mentally scarred, triple extra large
Wild like rock stars who smash guitars
Poison bars from the Gods bust holes in your mirage
And catch a charge, shake 'em down like the riot squad
Invade your zone, ruin like Ancient Rome
I span the universe and return to Earth to claim my throne
The maker, owner, plus soul controller
Ayatollah rest in the sky, the cloud's my sofa
Stand like Colossus, regardless to whom or what
Numerous attempts on my life, so who to trust?
Who but us to supply ya with the fire?
The burnin' truth, 150 Absolut proof
On the mic like Moses spoke in golden scribe
Survivor of the oldest tribe whose soldiers died
I notified families, we shed tears and mourn
But our hands are on the ammo 'cause the battle still on
Sound the horn, we come rumblin' through the function
Precise laser beam technique to touch somethin'
When we die hard, they'll build a monument to honor us with
Humongous effect in the world, we could've conquered it

2. “Duel of the Iron Mic”

Other rappers on the record: GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Masta Killa

Album: Liquid Swords

Released: November 7, 1995 

“Duel of the Iron Mic” by intents and purposes was a GZA, but in the same way Kanye set up “Mercy” so 2 Chainz could steal the show, RZA set up this song for Deck to steal the show, breaking down the beat and letting the Rebel INS let loose with his verse. This is prime, hungry Deck with killer instincts.

Adults kill for drugs plus the young bucks bust
Ducking handcuffs, throats get cut when dough rush
Out of town foes look shook but still pose
We move like real pros through the streets we stroll
Bullet holes lace the windows in one-six-oh
So control the avenues that's the dream that's sold
Building lobbies are graveyards for small-timers
Bitches caught in airports, keys in they vaginas
No peace, yo the police mad corrupt
You get bagged up, depending if you're passing the cut
Plus shorty's not a shorty no more, he's living heartless
Regardless of the charges, claims to be the hardest
Individual, critical thoughts, criminal minded
Blinded by illusion, finding it confusing

1. “Guillotine (Swordz)”

Other rappers on the record: Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, GZA

Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

Released: August 1, 1995

In my humble opinion, Deck’s verse on this song is right up there with “Triumph.” Featured on Rae’s magnum opus Purple Tape, Deck was lined up alongside Raekwon, GZA, Ghostface Killah and he blew them all away with the first verse.

Poisonous paragraphs smash your phonograph in half
It be the Inspectah Deck on the warpath
First class, leavin' mics with a cast
Causin' ruckus like the aftermath when guns blast
Run fast, here comes the verbal assaulter
Rhymes runnin' wild like a child in a walker
I scored from the inner slums abroad
And my thoughts are razor sharp, I slice the mic from the cord
First to criticize, but now they have become
Mentally paralyzed with hits that I devise
Now I testify, the best is I
Rebel INS, Your Highness, blessed to electrify
With voltage of a eel, truth that I reveal
Will crush the amateurs who scream they keep it real
Caesar black down, hoodied up in fatigues
Part time minor leagues receive third degrees
Attack like a wolf pack once I pull back
The God-U and bust through like a fullback

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