16 June 2012

The Relevance of Hip-Hop

So I'm listening to Lord Sear and Rude Jude on Shade 45 and DJ Whoo Kid is a guest. Whoo Kid made a comment about memorable verses in rap. Memorable VERSES, mind you, not songs. What's the most memorable verse in hip-hop to you?

Whoo Kid was saying that there aren't any memorable verses anymore. I'm inclined to agree. Sure, there are a couple of catchy hooks here and there, but not verses. Where's the content? Jay Z's third jawn on Song Cry ranks highly for me. I mean, I love that SONG, but that verse touch me. Scarface's verse on This Can't Be Life? CLASSIC. Tell me I'm wrong!

All the really classic verses that I love are old(er) school jawns. Is there any classic material these days? What are your faves?


  1. As much as I hate to say this, I'd have to agree. While there aren't many memorable verses that come from commercial rappers these days, verses that could be classified as memorable are put out on the regular on the independent scene. The issue is enough people have to hear a verse to remember it first, and that doesn't happen near as often on the independent route. Some of my faves include:

    Aesop Rock's last verse on Daylight (Life's not a bitch.....)
    Apathy's verse on Godz in the Front (F*ck crack, I sell energon to Decepticons)
    C-Rayz Walz first verse on Floe ( I'm an animal in a cannibal sector, where chicks give you brains like Hannibal Lecter)

    Another point to bring up is how memorable verses have made way for memorable quotes. Too many times you hear a memorable quote surrounded by a garbage ass verse.

  2. I feel you on that last sentiment, bro! Unfortunately, even the HOOKS in songs aren't catchy anymore!

    Another song I have to add to the list is Jay Z's second verse in Mya's "Best Of Me, pt 2" jawn. I don't know why, but I go ham whenever that jawn pops up. I know every word and even mimic the video in the privacy of my car when I am jamming out to it, LOL