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.
In a year filled with stellar verses from some highly lyrically skilled rappers, many looked to show off these talents in 16s, 32s, freestyles, and more before the year ends. November was FILLED with these. Joyner Lucas detailed America’s divide on race from two point of views on “I’m Not Racist” and Dave East talked his sh*t on “Dame Grease Flow.” CyHi The Prynce set the mic on fire with his Funk Flex freestyle, and Tory Lanez, known for his sing-song flow, surprised many with his own Flex freestyle. Big K.R.I.T. took to L.A. Leakers for six minutes of lyrical assault and Ma$e finally had enough of Cam’ron’s antics, bringing Murda Ma$e back on “The Oracle.” Fabolous and Jadakiss went up against each other on the intro to Friday On Elm Street. Ransom unloaded a crazy rhyme spree on “Humble Beginnings.” And lastly, Mick Jenkins dropped off a number of clever metaphors on “Happy Gilmore” off his surprise mixtape.