Best Rap Verses of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Eminem / Stan / Verse 3

Even though lose yourself is his best song, there is no doubt that this verse is just amazing. Always and will be the best rap verse of all time.

This verse is great, but it's not amazing. The flow and lyrics are a bit off at some points, where as other verses in this song are a bit more on beat. Don't get me wrong, this is a great verse, but definitely not number 1.

This verse has one of the best flow and lyrics compare to any other rap songs. Competing and trying to give this verse some competition might be one of the hardest things to do.

So creative, he's turned the most obscure subjects into such incredible verse. Comedy, drama and rhythm unprecedented. Truly extraordinary.

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2 Nas / Memory Lane / Verse1

The most complex verse ever have to be smart to understand this one unlike anything I have ever heard - infinite96

This should be number 1! Nas was 18 year Old Lyrical Genius! He's the Best lyricist in the Game all time!

2nd Verse in my opinion is better but at the very least, I'm glad this verse is this high up.

Godly!

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3 Nas / N.Y. State of Mind / Verse 1

One of the best songs ever easy. And it begins with "I don't really know how to start this yo..." lol

"I never sleep 'cause sleep is the cousin of death, beyond the walls of intelligence life is defined" this verse is the greatest verse of hip hop history, and Nas wrote the bible of hip hop #Illmatic.
and this verse is better than Nicki Minaj's whole career.

Best rap verse ever

Unbelievable

4 Nicki Minaj / Monster / Verse 3

Definitely best female rap verse I ever heard, nicki became official after this one. "Besides, Ye they can't stand besides may"

The most memorable female rap verse of all time. The now Queen of Rap, Nicki Minaj showcased her unmatched versatility, creativity, and rap skill.

This is the best verse ever, no one could have made a better verse for MONSTER.. As was proven

€And if I’m fake I ain’t notice ‘cause my money ain’t” should be an anthem. The Queen has already conquered.

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5 Jay-Z & Eminem / Renegade / Verse 1

Jay Z and eminem compliment each other so well in this song. Lyrics are insane

I'm a poet to some/ a regular modern day Shakespeare/ Jesus Christ / the king of these Latter Day Saints here. Epic.

Eminem's first verse is untouchable in this track. Greatest ever.

If it wasn't for Eminem, the his wouldn't be here.

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6 Wu-Tang Clan / Triumph / Verse 1

Listen 2 that album 4 the first time in years the other day. As soon as I played that song, I recited that verse word 4 word. No matter how long I go without hearing that song I can't still remember that verse. That's what makes a great verse, you can always remember it.

Inspektah Deck destroys the song when it's just begun. Every TRUE hip-hop head knows what you're referring to when you approach them and say 'I bomb atomically... '. This verse has everything one needs in the perfect rap verse. Lyrics, references, flow, delivery, smoothness, and more.

Not even his best verse but definitely the best on this list... INS is no where as near as popular as anyone above him on this list, in my opinion that's the reason for the lack of votes. if everyone took the time to listen to his stuff he would be #1 no doubt

Inspectah kills this verse so hard it’s not even funny.

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7 Eminem / Bad Guy / Verse 4

Throughout the 4 minute verse, power and anger build continuously, climaxing with Em absolutely shredding lyrically in a overflow of emotion. If you haven't listened, make sure you do.

Make it number 1...

Amazing you can feel the raw emotion

The greatest

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8 Kendrick Lamar / Control / Verse 2

How is this not number one? This honestly has everything that the others ahead of it has just written better. The speed, the meaning, the "diss", the lyrics. This is the single greatest verse ever.

Best rap verse ever. He killed every terrible rapper alive. #1

He killed it, a true statement on how he is the best rapper in the game at the moment

Best ever.

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9 Jay-Z / Dead Presidents II / Verse 1

This song summarizes the first 26 years of his life before he dropped Reasonable Doubt.

Love the verse, and the beat is unreal.

10 Big L / Da Graveyard / Verse 1

Incredible best punchlines ever insane flow and sick lyrics - infinite96

Big L is not human

Any verse by Big L is a lifechanging one - KrazzyMadd

The Contenders

11 Immortal Technique / Dance with the Devil / Last Verse

This verse, it's actually amazing. This song is one of the best lyrical songs ever. But I actually don't listen to this song, because it's actually messed up.

Chilling all the way through, but it's the last verse that will leave an everlasting impression.

The last verse of this song leaves you in deep thoughts

As deep as it gets

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12 Nas / Verbal Intercourse / 1st Verse

Nas's "Escobar" persona usually feels empty to me (lacking the depth that makes Illmatic so strong), but he kills it on this verse. It takes a rare talent to outshine Rae and Ghost on a track. Nas does it here.

Crazy! Has to be top ten.

Nas had the best verse on the purple tape

How is this not higher?!

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13 Eminem / Forever / Verse 4

No ones ever gone as hard on a track as eminem he was so emotional in his forever verse it was his comeback in one erse

This verse is nice, only good part of the song

All round average song, but Eminem's verse is good, although he does go off topic.

The flow on this is perfect like just perfect you can't get better

14 Eminem / Just Don't Give a F*** / Verse 1

Slit your throat worse than ron goldman - infinite96

How Is This Verse Not In Top 15 /I'm Buzzin Dirty Dozen Naughty Rotten Rhymer Cursin at you playas worse than Marty schotnheimer

15 Nas / N.Y. State of Mind / Verse 2

Both verses are just unreal

Amazing verse

16 MF Doom / All Caps / Verse 1

ALL CAPS WHEN YOU SPELL THE MAN NAME

good

17 Notorious B.I.G. / Ready to Die / Verse 1

Love this song, I like all the verses in this

Mad verse

Sick flow and even sicker lyrics biggies voice just trancends the verse to a whole notha level - infinite96

18 Jay-Z / Can I Live / Verse 1

This verse's unbelievable, make it go at least in top 10

19 Earl Sweatshirt / Oldie / Last Verse

I know he's not up there with Eminem NaS Jay Z or Kanye but if you listen to the scheme and rhymes in this verse you will agree its one of the best you've ever heard

The complex word choice and rhyme scheme makes this one the greatest rap verses ever. Bars like this don't come around too often

This is easily one of the best verses from earl. from the rhyme schemes, to the bars, to that good old grimey earl flow, this verse is just amazing. he doesn't get the credit he deserves

20 Nas / One Mic / Verse 1

Each verse is absolutely amazing, but this needs to be top 5

The third verse is by far the best verse on this song

21 Nas / The World is Yours / Verse 1

Something about the flow of these opening lines are perfect

Amazing verse

22 Eminem/ No Love/ Verse 2

Best rap verse ever. BIf you don't think so, go listen to it right now. I'm black and I like this verse. Dope, dope, dope. Listen to it. He says never before seen rhymes.

The Greatest Rapid Fire Verse of All Time.

Fire fire fire

Greatest and longest verse f all time

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23 A Tribe Called Quest / Butter / Verse 1

Not even the best verse in that album. Q-Tip's verse in Check the Rhime wipes the floor, or pretty much any of Scenario.

24 Big L / Put it On / Verse 1
25 Eminem / Rap God / Verse 3

Missing the lyricism, which bumps it down a bit, but bar none the most TECHNICALLY impressive verse for sure - Themusicman

This will be the greatest verse in next 2-3 years

This whole song has very complex flows and rhyme schemes in it, but the lyrics are just corny.

Not even a good song

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26 2pac / Keep Ya Head Up / Verse 1

best

27 Eminem / Love the Way You Lie / Verse 3
28 AZ / Life's a Bitch / Verse 1

AZ and Nas were both unbelievable on this track

Everything just clicks, from the flow to the lyrics. Masterful

Way too low. Smh to many biased Eminem fans. This is better then all of his verses, the only one that's right there with it is the verse 3 in Stan. Anyways, this should be top 5.

Keepin this schwepervesent street ghetto essence inside us
Cause it provides us with the proper insight to guide us

Now that's how you rhyme.

29 Kanye West / Jesus Walks / Verse 1

There should be more Kanye this high up

30 Nas / Halftime / Verse 1

This is great, but the second verse was better

31 Eminem/ Infinite/ Verse 2

How can this not be at least in the top 5? You clearly were not paying attention to the greatest rhyme scheme ever to be put into music.

It eases you mentally, gently, sentimentally, instrumentally with entity dementedly meant to be infinite

Sick verse

32 GZA / Liquid Swords / Verse 2
33 Jay-Z / Can't Knock the Hustle / Verse 1
34 Killer Mike / Reagan / Verse 2
35 Jay-Z / Da Graveyard / Verse 4

Absolutley ill you cannot listen to this and say its not ill - infinite96

36 Andrè 3000/Aquemini

The most deep and complex verse out there. To add to that it's so smooth and easy to listen to

Why is this number 42? Look it up, it's amazing

My mind warps and bends...

By far the best rap verse of all time, I mean 66 rhymes in 16 bars that’s unreal

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37 Hishaam / All I Do / Verse 1

Timeless piece of inspiration by the boy from Port Elizabeth

Hishaam honzo's finest verse, this verse is hot yho, don't believe me? Listen to it -

38 Eminem/ 'Till I Collapse/ Verse 1

This verse is so hardcore

39 The Notorious B.I.G. / Notorious Thugs

Best rap verse I've ever heard

Best rap verse in history, yes, over Em in no love

40 Proverb / Writer's Club / Verse 1

"I write what I like and I like what I write, I like to be right but I don't really right to be like (difference)// I get hype when I right like journalists, but I'm no journalist so I don't write 4 the hype// not saying the hype is not right, but writing won't get you hyped and having the hype doesn't mean you can write// Hype is a right cover up, so that whatever you write might just get you on the cover of Hype..." - Proverb's first 4 lines, otherwise it's a great concept (probably the best I've heard so far in this decade) and it's got a great wordplay/flow to it. This song's a classic -

Top ten song of all time

Proverb is just a beast

41 Lord Finesse / Da Graveyard / Verse 3
42 Konfab / Runonsentence / Verse 1

"The end justifies the means// but in the end means nothing if the pen don't underline the underlying theme, undefine by societ-teams// without an iron between the third person observing// never heard it like quiet screams but better word-en for clever persons// to find a meaning behind what seems as letters murderous// combined in death sentences, well deserve it// men had worked with measures to reverse celebrities, still are worth the central purpose to spill..." - Konfab (aka KOndom FABric) is one the most inspired lyricists ever... Not only in the African continent but in the world -

43 Eminem/ Dead Wrong/ Verse 3

He goes hard on this, but Biggie stills the show here

44 J Cole / Born Sinner / Verse 1
45 Eminem / Lose Yourself / Verse 1

"This is the best verse of all time, 'Go back lab again' is the best quote from the Verse"

This should be a lot higher, such a good verse

46 R.A. The Rugged Man / Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story / Verse 2

First time I heard my jaw dropped. I played it OVER and OVER and OVER again. Should be at least top ten. RA spits crazy and you can't deny the meaning behind the lyrics is great.

R.A. 's verse is by far the greatest of all-time! Anyone who disagrees is obviously brain washed by mainstream trash.

Nothing touches this. If you haven't heard it, drop what you're doing and listen to it.

This is one of the greatest verses in Hip-Hop history.

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47 Eminem / Renegade / Verse 2

Bruh.. Nas said it. Eminem murdered on your own track

48 Inspectah Deck / Guillotine (Swordz) / Verse 1
49 Kendrick Lamar / The Heart Pt 3 / 1st Verse
50 Dr. Dre / Still D.R.E. / Verse 2

Nice verse

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2. Hishaam / All I Do / Verse 1
3. J Cole / Born Sinner / Verse 1
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1. Eminem / Stan / Verse 3
2. The Notorious B.I.G. / Notorious Thugs
3. 2pac / Keep Ya Head Up / Verse 1
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