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.
There were a few surprise entrants for the March edition of “Verse of the Month” when Kendrick Lamar came from out of nowhere with “The Heart pt.4” and had the internet going bananas over whether or not his target was Big Sean (or Drake, or Pillsbury Doughboy, or… you get the point). But he faces some very stiff competition from CyHi The Prynce, who absolutely massacred his “Five Fingers Of Death” freestyle on Sway In The Morning. Rick Ross made his triumphant return with a stellar third verse on “Santorini Greece” while his “Aston Martin Music” collab compadre (and the guy who likes breaking streaming records), Drake sent some poisonous darts of his own at a few with “Do Not Disturb.” J.I.D. was a revelation with his second verse on “General” while Starlito and Don Trip slayed the hell out of the “Good Cop, Bad Cop.”
Place your vote below and, if you need the lyrics to follow along, click on their song titles above.