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.
This month, Kendrick Lamar took his mask off and asked how the industry let a conscious rapper go commercial while only making conscious albums while Royce 5’9″ tore “iLL” to shreds and suggested that he would tell the baddest chick that she looks like Tory Lanez’ jump shot. CyHi The Prynce continued to make us wonder where the hell the album is at after menacing the “HiiiPower” instrumental, Joell Ortiz didn’t mind “showing his age in a game that throws away legends” as he questioned the current state of hip hop on “Rap Millionaire,” and Conway provided “The Vision” of an emcee on a mission. For those who look for something insightful, we capped off the month with Brother Ali‘s stellar outing as he tried to explain the harsh realities of being black in America on “Dear Black Son.”
Take a listen to each and get your vote on below.