Best Rap Verses of All Time

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.

2 Nicki Minaj / Monster / Verse 3

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

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

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

I literally skip to her verse then turn it off or repeat it whatever I listen to the song

3 Nas / Memory Lane / Verse 1

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

Such a lyrically complex, intricately crafted verse, Nas at his pure best.

The best there it is and greatest there would ever be. #Godson

The greatest lyricist of all time

4 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

How is this not number one? This is literally the greatest hip hop verse of all time. It should be required study in high school English for mastery of the human language!

5 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.

I don't see why his control verse is a great diss. What did he say that would hurt anybody.

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

How is this not the best ever?! A Stan Verse on number one, REALLY?

6 Big L / Da Graveyard / Verse 1

If big L was more well appreciated, this verse would be much higher.

Incredible best punchlines ever insane flow and sick lyrics

Big L is not human

Any verse by Big L is a lifechanging one

7 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.

The entire song is the best rap song in my opinion but it would be nearly nothing without this verse

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

The most f'd up verse I have ever heard leaves you in a sense of shock after the song

8 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

9 Killer Mike / Reagan / Verse 2
10 Nas / Verbal Intercourse / Verse 1

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.

First non Wu-Tang member/affiliate verse on a Wu-Tang song and Nas renegaded two of the GOATS

Nas had the best verse on the purple tape

Crazy! Has to be top ten.

The Contenders
11 Nas / N.Y. State of Mind / Verse 1

The best rap verse in history, its got everything from storytelling, metaphores and is lyrically untouched, his flow in this is also mindblowingly good, and NaS delivery on this song is pure energetic, coupled with hard-hitting sample and crispy N.Y street drums. The perfect verse

"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.

The insane rhyme scheme he uses and flow are perfect all the while painting an incredibly detailed picture of life on the streets. Easily the best verse ever

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

12 J Cole / Born Sinner / Verse 1

I think most of us as black people can relate to this verse.

13 MF Doom / All Caps / Verse 1

Best verse of DOOMs career, should be top 5 in my opinion

Better than any verse eminem has done

14 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.

15 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

16 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

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

Awesome Hardcore and Brutal Delivery, sick flow, and nice rhymes.

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

Love this song, I like all the verses in this

No one is as ill as Smalls!

18 Jay-Z / Da Graveyard / Verse 4

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

shii he just good hell

19 Earl Sweatshirt / Oldie / Last Verse

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

Not the last verse on oldie, it’s the second last

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

20 Jay-Z & Eminem / Renegade / Verse 1

A seriously heavy hitter. Em's verse is undoubtedly the best on the song, and each of his verses complements one another and sticks to the subject masterfully. Definitely in my top 3 for sure!

Jay Z’s ghetto style is flawless in his part of this verse and Eminem’s straight up lyrical fire with a couple decent punchlines a 5 syllable rhyme scheme and a few internal rhymes too are just a perfect combination, it’s annoying that Eminem was so good on this song cos it means Jay Z don’t seem to get the credit he deserves when thus is one of his best too

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

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

21 Eminem / Bad Guy / Verse 4

The first 3 verses builds up the story. The storytelling was awesome. But the last verse was epic. Probably the greatest verse of all time surpassing every other verse in rap history. Lyricism at its best & Em goes all out in that.

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.

This is the best by far. Shows all the mistakes he made

Best verse ever... you can hear the emotion in it

22 Golden Shovel / Father / Verse 1
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 Kendrick Lamar / The Heart Pt 3 / Verse 1
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