Most Lyrical Rap Song

The song whose lyrics, were terrifically done and great to listen to.

The Top Ten

1 Lose Yourself - Eminem Lose Yourself - Eminem

Lose Yourself deserves no less than the number 1 spot! FR!

The MOST inspiring lyric


A lot of people believe Eminem is overrated, but they often admit that this is a great song. I personally like his later music as well, but people for some reason tend to go all hipster on it and talk about how stuff before 2005 is so much better, so here you have it, the greatest rap song off all time.

2 N.Y. State of Mind - Nas N.Y. State of Mind - Nas

This guy was 19 when he released this album

Holdin' an M-16, see with the pen I'm extreme
Now, bullet holes left in my peep holes
I'm suited up with street clothes
Hand me A.9 and I'll defeat foes
Y'all know my steelo
With or without the airplay

Nas is the best

Nas is the Greatest Rapper of All Time, I don't know why, but when I listen to Nas, I feel that everyone other rapper is just massively overrated and that the people who think those rappers are the best don't know rap and are just biased...

3 Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique

Such a masterpiece, beautiful and disgusting at the same time.

Number 1 for sure

Best song

Incredible word choice, flow and lyricism in general. A masterfully told story with deep subliminal and direct meaning.

4 One Mic - Nas

The best ever to do it better

Best song ever... Em is Em... but Nas did it pure... no other song is on par with this

This song is genius,

One mic 11th seriously, it should be second to stan not 11th what are yaw'll smoking

5 Writer's Club - Proverb

Great wordplay, flow and concept... And also truelly lyricised... His best track and possibly his third most lyrical (after "Heartbeat" and "1st, 2nd and 3rd") -

6 Heart Beat - Proverb

Lit.. That's it

7 Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G.

Absolutely The Very Best Haha:-)

8 All I Do - Hishaam
9 If I Die 2nite - 2pac

The alliteration and imagery in this? Talk about poetry, this is it.

I'm sick of psychotic society somebody save me
Addicted to drama so even mama couldn't raise me
Even the preacher and all my teachers couldn't reach me
I run in the streets and puffin weed wit my peeps
I'm duckin the cop, I hit the weed as I'm clutchin my glock
Niggaz is hot when I hit the block, what if I die tonight

10 Stan - Eminem


This should be the only EM song on this list. Get these white culture vultures a new culture to try belonging to. Rap isn't for them. This is a great lyrical song, Lose Yourself is just a pop-alternative rap rock song that sold a lot of albums & movie tickets, metrics that are meaningless to lyricism. - SAMOKiiNG

I agree that Lose Yourself shouldn't be #1 and that Em is a tad overrated, but keeping on hammering "WHITE" at every sentence is not much better than the "alt-right" you accuse many people to be a part of. - JoLeKosovo

A song with great emotion and emphasises on day to day struggles

The story that set it off


The Contenders

11 Father - Golden Shovel
12 Changes - Tupac

So real

Best lyrics of all time

One of the few rappers to talk about actual problems not just sex drugs...

As terms of lyrical this song deserves to be much higher, along with Nas and biggie and Em

13 I Want My Money - Golden Shovel
14 I Used to Love H.E.R. - Common

Way better than the others above it except dance with the devil

Common is a great lyricist! This song was definitely the greatest hip hop song of all time

15 Parental Advisory - Writers Block
16 Jesus Walks - Kanye West


Listen to the first bar - Iam_rsdxii

17 Dosage - Mothipa
18 Bophelo Bami - Tumi and the Volume
19 Life's a Bitch - Nas

This one hits had. I like this better than NY State of Mind. Universally relatable. - JoLeKosovo

Life's a bitch and then ya die, that's why we get high

20 The Truth - Hymphatic Thabs
21 M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar

From the first line to the last line, pure despair and emotion. A real trip down memory lane. - JoLeKosovo

The absolute flow and lyricism while still telling a story and sticking to the theme of GKMC! Amazing!

Greatest rapper alive today.

Best and realest song out there! Shows a lot about Kendrick and his skills he has!

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22 Infinite - Eminem

Go listen to this, your mind will be changed

Yup. No one knows about this track and I wish everyone did. This is why Dre signed him. Incredible

Shows ems raw talent and skill back when he wasn't doing it for only money. Before he got struck by the commercial success, when he was putting out songs so lyrical that I think infinite is in my top 10 songs by em

Before Eminem got famous, he made songs like this. This song perfectly showcases Em's raw talent with words.

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23 Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre
24 Rewind - Nas

Great song, Nas is a lyrical genius

25 Mathematics - Mos Def
26 Suicidal Thoughts - Notorious B.I.G.
27 Mural - Lupe Fiasco

Best lyrical song ever
I'm not a Lupe fan but this is a masterpiece
We're all chemicals...

This has to be the greatest lyrical submission of all time.

One of the most lyrical songs ever

28 Dead Presidents II - Jay-Z

Murder is a tough thing to digest
It's a slow process
And I ain't got nothing' but time
I had near brushes, Not to mention
3 Shots close range, Never touch me, devine intervention
Can't stop I
From drinkin Ma-Tai's
With Ta Ta
Down in Nevada
Ha-ha, Poppa, word life
I dabled in crazy weight
Without rap I was crazy straight
Patnah I'm still gettin money from 88

29 Crank That - Soulja Boy

Most people don't realize the deep layers in this song. Soulja Boy weaves various Shakespearian storytelling techniques and cleaver metaphors to create arguably the most lyrical rap song ever concieved.

30 Tell the Youth - Hymphatic Thabs
31 Lax - Xzibit
32 Kill You - Eminem

AMAZING! The beat is hardly anything if you listen. But you don't notice cause he engages you with his flawless lyricism

He virtually killed this

How lyrical could he be on MMLP? Man, amazes me to hell and back.

33 Bad Guy - Eminem
34 Dear Mama - Tupac

One of the sweetest rap songs ever. And one of his top two best songs in my opinion. Ths song deserves more recognition... LISTEN TO THIS SONG people YOU WONT REGRET IT!

35 F**k Tha Police - N.W.A.


No rap expert by any means,a soundtrack to downtown l.a. In the 80,s summed up the mood of the inner cities perfectly,still relevant today.

36 End of Days - Vinnie Paz
37 Let 'em Have It L - Big L

How is this so low? Punchline king hits hard on this.

38 Drop the World - Lil Wayne & Eminem
39 Tabestoon Kootahe - Zedbazi

Summer is too short!

40 Uncommon Valor - Jedi Mind Tricks

This is one FIRE track!
Give it a listen if you haven't guys.

R.A. 's verse is more lyrical than all of these combined.

41 Boyz-N-the-Hood - Eazy-E

Best song ever

42 Leaving the Past - Immortal Technique

Can't believe this song isn't in top 10. Come on guys vote and get this song up next to dance with the devil

43 It Ain't Hard to Tell - Nas

Best lyrical song ever! Amazing and so lyrical. Nas the best rapper ever.

44 Revolutionary - Immortal Technique
45 It Was a Good Day - Ice Cube
46 Happy Birthday - Flipsyde
47 300 Bars and Runnin' - Game

After all the fuss 50 made coming into the game with his beef. Game single handedly took out the whole Gunit posse and many other in this song

48 The What - Notorious B.I.G.
49 You Never Know - Immortal Technique

The story he tells is tragic and he puts it in a way that expresses how miserable he feels.

In my opinion it is a better song than DWTD.

50 18th Letter - Rakim

Legendary song legendary album one of the greatest rappers of all time. And most influential

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Dance with the Devil - Immortal Technique
2. Stan - Eminem
3. One Mic - Nas
1. N.Y. State of Mind - Nas
2. Lose Yourself - Eminem
3. One Mic - Nas
1. Writer's Club - Proverb
2. Heart Beat - Proverb
3. All I Do - Hishaam

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