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.
The month of September started off slow but quickly ramped up with a plethora of stellar verses toward the end of the month that made it really difficult for us to narrow the list down to
five six* for you to choose from.
From The Game’s relentless showing on “92 Bars” and Ab-Soul’s return to form on “Huey Knew” to T.I.’s poignancy on “We Will Not” and Kendrick Lamar’s lyrical dexterity on Isaiah Rashad’s “Wat’s Wrong” to Dave East and Andre 3000 appearing on this list for the second month in a row with “Don’t Shoot” and Divine Council’s “Decemba (Remix)” (respectively), you have your pick of the litter when it comes to the standout verse of the month.
Take a listen to each verse and vote for your favorite below. I know The DopeHouse is going to have a helluva time picking a winner so that means that you will too.
Ab-Soul, “Huey Knew”
André 3000, “Decemba (Remix)”
Dave East, “Don’t Shoot”
The Game, “92 Bars”
Kendrick Lamar, “Wat’s Wrong”
T.I., “We Will Not”
* Seriously. On top of the six that were chosen to battle it out, we’ve gotta shout out Big K.R.I.T. on “Might Not Be OK,” Mick Jenkins on “Strange Love,” Skyzoo, Danny Brown, Lloyd Banks, and a few others for lacing us with heat over the month.