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.
The spotlight shined brightly in Los Angeles during Black History Month. Along with the NBA All-Star Game returning to the City of Angels for the first time in seven years, the month was (musically) punctuated by a medley of great projects including the Top Dawg Entertainment-helmed Black Panther soundtrack, Evidence‘s Weather Or Not, Cozz‘ Effected and Nipsey Hussle‘s Victory Lap.
Perhaps, unsurprisingly, the West is also dominating our Verse Of The Month entrants for February.
Evidence’s brutal honesty on “By My Side Too,” Nipsey’s ability to bring you front and center on the final verse on “Blue Laces 2” and Cozz’s final statement on “Not A Minute More” give L.A. the majority of nominees this month. However, the Eastern Conference sneaks in a pair of equally capable emcees too, as Skyzoo painted a masterpiece on “Everybody’s Fine” and Apathy bodied DJ Premier production on “The Order.” The Central Division also comes through with eLZhi taking the final spot with the lyrical exercise he performed on “Breguets” — taken from his and Khrysis‘ excellent Jericho Jackson album.
Who takes the crown this month? Our votes are locked in and now we need your thoughts.