Lyricism is the backbone of hip hop. Although there are a ton of rappers who aren’t saying a gotdamn thing, there are those who are exceptionally gifted at putting words together over a beat. And with so many songs dropping during any given month, we feel that those rhymes that combine lyrical dexterity and cleverness with verbal gymnastics should be celebrated.
Each month, we’ll spotlight five of the finest offerings and leave it up to you to vote who had the “2Dope Verse Of The Month.” After we tally the votes, we’ll post the winner of the fan vote as well as who The DopeHouse thought put together an excellent display of lyricism.
We kick things off with the month of August, and the nominees are as followed: André 3000’s show-stealing verse on Frank Ocean’s new Blond album, Vince Staples’ opening rhymes on “War Ready” from his Prima Donna EP, 2 Chainz stylin’ on De La Soul’s “Whoodeeni,” Joell Ortiz chef’n up food for thought on Skyzoo’s “A Couple Dollars,” and Nick Grant’s impressive run on “Nobody.”
Take a listen to each verse and vote for your favorite below.