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.
An André 3000 guest spot is a joyous occasion. Not only because they are so far and few in between, but because Mr. Benjamin never, ever fails to impress when he decides to come out of whatever rock he’s hiding under and bless us on a song we least expect him to be on.
This time around he lends his verbal assistance to Anderson .Paak’s Ventura with his show stealing bars on “Come Home.”
Looking to smooth things over with his significant other, Tres Stacks finesses the hell out of the production with a hypnotic flow over the stone cold groove. Any other emcee would falter with the “hairy wet twat” homonym and stuffing a verse with references to the WWF, Harriet Tubman, Comic Con, Billabong, mopeds, ducks and puppies.
But this is André 3000, after all. He can do whatever the f*ck he wants.
And that final stretch of bars where he breathlessly bounces with couplets that shouldn’t work because it teeters on the edge of being off beat, but they do? Yeah, that’s why this is the verse of the month.
Words by Andreas Hale. ArtByShake.