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 or so of the finest offerings and leave it up to you to vote who had the Verse Of The Month. After we tally the votes, we’ll post the winner of the fan-vote as well as who The DopeHouse ultimately thought put together the best display of lyricism.
Royce 5’9″ took the honor in January for “Beats Keep Callin,” but this month will have a new artist wearing the crown.
It’s clear Remy Ma’s “shETHER” was the most talked about verse in February, but was it the best? On top of the Nicki Minaj diss track, we also got a handful of verses from other proven spitters — KXNG Crooked maintained his spot on the coveted list with his work over J Dilla’s “Life” instrumental. Oddisee went face to face with social injustice and the state of disbelief in the political climate on “Like Really.” Kendrick Lamar appeared on Thundercat’s “Walk On By” to document some of the pressures the youth face while growing up in the hood. And Ransom put another beat in a body bag with “Shade.”
Check out each nominee below or, if you need the lyrics to follow along, click on their song titles above.