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. Enter: Verse Of The Month.
During our discussion for the best verses of April, we joked about giving all six spots to Kendrick Lamar for his work on DAMN. But he wasn’t the only one demanding attention on the microphone. So, after days of back-and-forth debate, we chose one verse (with the second verse on “FEEL” edging out “DUCKWORTH”) and threw it in the gauntlet with five other worthy competitors.
David Banner and Black Thought both asked “Who Want It” and got crickets in response, Styles P flexed his seventh sense with his sixth sense in third gear on “Nine Point Five,” Ransom delivered the gospel on “Revelations,” and Joey Bada$$’ closing performance on “AmeriKKKan Idol” off his All Ameri
KKKan Bada$$ album is a shining moment in his young career.
It may have started as a joke, but the reality is, with each DAMN listen we end up with a new favorite. So, as a bonus, we’ve also put together a poll with six of the most talked about verses from Kendrick Lamar’s fourth album.