- LL Cool J’s Classic Posse Cut “4, 3, 2, 1” Turns Twenty Years Old Today - December 9, 2017
- Ab-Soul’s Amazing Message For Anyone Contemplating Suicide - December 8, 2017
- New Hip Hop Battle Rap Competition Coming to the App Store - November 8, 2017
#40. Vic Mensa with the facts…
“Color of morning pee coming out of the sink
It’s 2016, who would think
Kids in America don’t have clean water to drink?”
Vic Mensa – “Shades of Blue”
Vic Mensa is one of the realest cats in the game right now. Lyrically, he reminds me of a young Common or Talib Kweli.
#39. Queens’ Native Bas Heating Up
“A moment of silence with words that he heard on the phone
Strapped up just like a Platoon
Won’t find no Oliver Stone, he had four brothers when he was 16 and my nigga now all of them gone
I break a pound of that loud, I smoke it all on my own.”
Bas – “Dopamine”
One rapper I’m very excited about is Queens’ very own Bas, who comes in at number 39 on our list. He’s been making steady improvements to his craft over the past few years, and he’s definitely sharpened his flow since he dropped “Last Winter” back in 2014. Let’s see what this Queens native can do in 2017.
#38. Veteran Mr. Budden
“See I’m somethin’ like a phenomenon
Go ahead and judge me, I ain’t gotta honor y’all.”
Joe Budden – “By Law”
Consistency is key. And Joe Budden’s career is a prime example of it.
#37. Meek’s Back
“Only trap nigga doin’ real numbers spittin’ hot shit
Niggas hatin’ cause my numbers down, what’d you do, 50?
20 somethin’, I did 250”
Meek Mill – “Pray for ‘Em”
Meek threw some jabs at Drake and 50 in 2016. Looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Meek Milly in 2017.
#36. When Jay Electronica Spits…
“I spit on the Tidal it’s tidal waves
I spit on the Apple and kill a worm.”
Jay Electronica – “How Great”
Jay Electronica absolutely killed it with his guest verse on the track “How Great” off of Chance the Rapper’s third mixtape “Coloring Book.”
#35. Chance’s Perspective
“Man, my daughter couldn’t have a better mother.
If she ever find another, he better love her.”
Chance The Rapper – “All We Got”
Speakin’ of Chance, here he is at number 35 with a dope line devoted to his baby mama…
#34. Q-Tip Passes the Torch
“Talk to Joey, Earl, Kendrick, and Cole, gatekeepers of flow
They are extensions of instinctual soul.”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation”
Hip hop legend Q-Tip shouts out the next generation of talented MC’s… Salute to the OG.
#33. Vic Keeping It 100
“Cops killin’ kids and stayin’ out of jail
But Bobby Shmurda can’t even catch bail”
Vic Mensa – “16 Shots”
Vic Mensa calls out police brutality and once again hits us with the harsh realities many other rappers have yet to speak about…
#32. Queen Nicki
“Every baller tryna score, check them shot clocks
But I hit ’em with them ‘Bron-Iguodala blocks”
DJ Khaled – “Do You Mind”
Nicki harnessing her inner ‘Bron…
#31. Smoke DZA Reaches a Milestone
“For the good ones here and the good ones now gone
Making it to 30’s a milestone”
Smoke DZA – “Milestones”
Hoping Smoke DZA reaches more milestones in 2017.