As 2014 coaxes its way into our lives, a review and reflection of the best rap verses is worth discussing. So, that’s what myself and Caleb did over a few brews and strong wifi signals. Without further ado, here is Cultivated Influence’s Top 10 Rap Verses of the year:
10. Childish Gambino – Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information) Verse 2
Gambino has one of the stronger rap albums in 2013, and this track really shows his progression.
Buy Because The Internet on iTunes.
9. Kanye West – Blood on the Leaves Verse 4
One of the best verses on one of the best albums of the year. The verse kicks off at 3:10
Buy Yeezus on iTunes.
8. Drake – Too Much Verse 2
Drake gets very personal on the second verse of Too Much, which features Sampha. He openly discusses his family issues and new troubles his fame has caused. His debut of the track on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon had a whole other energy than the final CDQ.
Drake – Too Much (Feat. Sampha) [Live on Jimmy…
Buy Nothing Was the Same on iTunes.
7. Childish Gambino – Pound Cake Freestyle
Yup. Gambino has two slots in the top 10 and it’s well deserved. He does his thing over Drake and Jay Z’s “Pound Cake” effort.
6. Kendrick Lamar – Nosetalgia
“You wanna see a dead body?” Kendrick floats over these guitar riffs as he and Pusha T trade great, polarized verses.
5. Pusha T – Nosetalgia
GO FIGURE. Nobody paints a picture of cocaine distribution like Push does.
Buy My Name Is My Name on iTunes.
4. Big Sean – All Me
Although his Hall of Fame album was one of the more anticipated albums that fell short of expectations in 2013, that didn’t stop Sean from spitting one of the hottest verses of the year.
3. Drake – Versace
Drake hopped on Migos’ “Versace” and made them a talking point on blogs. After Drake’s verse it’s all downhill from there, though; no one listens to this song past the 1:34 mark.
2. Kendrick Lamar – Control
The verse that put the Internet into an all-out frenzy, Kendrick calls out his peers and crowns himself the king of New York as he completely steals the light from a really good Big Sean verse.
1. Eminem – Rap God Verse 3
In the verse that begins at 4:26, Eminem raps 97 words in 15 seconds — an average of 6.5 words per second — which he describes as “supersonic speed.”
Uh, sama lamaa duma lamaa you assuming I’m a human
What I gotta do to get it through to you I’m superhuman
Innovative and I’m made of rubber
So that anything you say is ricocheting off of me and it’ll glue to you
I’m devastating, more than ever demonstrating
How to give a motherfuckin’ audience a feeling like it’s levitating
Never fading, and I know the haters are forever waiting
For the day that they can say I fell off, they’d be celebrating
Cause I know the way to get ‘em motivated
I make elevating music, you make elevator music…
Buy The Marshall Matthers LP 2 on iTunes.