Top 10 Best Rap Guest Verses from 'Pre-Debut Album' Rappers

'Tis quite a big part of Hip-Hop culture for emcees to lay knowledge and vocals on a fellow artist's track. In the traditional sense of Hip-Hop, it's an honourable thing to do.

The greatest guest verses of all time laid down by a rapper whom was or is yet to release a debut album at the time.
The Top Ten
1 Nas' verse on Live At the Barbeque (Main Source) Nas' verse on Live At the Barbeque (Main Source) Cover Art

Nas' explosive song opener that literally shocked the Hip Hop world with his devilish flow and rhymes. He was only eighteen years old! Phenomenal. 1991. This was around three years before his debut album, Illmatic, in 1994.

2 Canibus' verse on 4, 3, 2, 1 (LL Cool J) Canibus' verse on 4, 3, 2, 1 (LL Cool J) Cover Art

Unforgettable, explosive, he was a star before he was even a star. The iconic verse that caused the beef between Canibus and LL.

3 Jay-Z's verse on Show & Prove (Big Daddy Kane) Jay-Z's verse on Show & Prove (Big Daddy Kane) Cover Art

How do you stand out against five other emcees whom two of which are already legends, Big Daddy Kane and Ol' Dirty Bastard? Best or not, Jay has always had a gift when it comes to flowing and rhyming and this is a prime example that showcases his talent.

4 Busta Rhyme's verse on Scenario (A Tribe Called Quest) Busta Rhyme's verse on Scenario (A Tribe Called Quest) Cover Art

Busta Rhymes' crazy dragon verse was five years before the release of his debut, 'The Coming' in 1996.

5 Kurupt's verse on Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None) (Snoop Dogg) Kurupt's verse on Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None) (Snoop Dogg) Cover Art

One of Kurupt's most famous verses came from Snoop's huge debut album, 'Doggystyle'. The iconic collaborative track was released two years before his debut 'Dogg Food' (1995) as his duo (with Daz Dillinger), the Dogg Pound, and released five years before his solo debut, 'Kuruption' (1998).

6 Lupe Fiasco's verse on Touch the Sky (Kanye West) Lupe Fiasco's verse on Touch the Sky (Kanye West) Cover Art

Following the ultimately numbing hook-ups, Lupe came out the sky and carved it up on Kanye's party track. This was relased around a year before Lupe's fabulously well made debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor (2006).

7 Nicki Minaj's verse on Monster (Kanye West) Nicki Minaj's verse on Monster (Kanye West) Cover Art

Nicki made a large imprint on the rap scene with this long, explicit, verse following Kanye West, Rick Ross, and Jay-Z. While the album itself was released on the exact same day as Nicki's own debut 'Pink Friday', this song was released as a single by Kanye earlier in the year.

8 AZ's verse on Life's a Bitch (Nas) AZ's verse on Life's a Bitch (Nas) Cover Art

A memorable verse about money, life and death. The sole guest verse to Nas' debut album masterpiece. 1994.

9 Big Noyd's verse on Give Up the Goods (Just Step) (Mobb Deep) Big Noyd's verse on Give Up the Goods (Just Step) (Mobb Deep) Cover Art

Queensbridge's finest get together on a Mobb Deep classic with a powerful middle verse by Big Noyd. This was one of three guest verses by Big Noyd on Mobb Deep's 'The Infamous' album. "Coming straight outta QB, pushing the Infiniti
You ask can I rip it constantly? Mentally?
Definitely, to the death of me, come and test me".

10 Big Pun's verse on Off the Books (The Beatnuts) Big Pun's verse on Off the Books (The Beatnuts) Cover Art

Pun, rest in peace to a legend, effortlessly kills the opening to this '97 song with his godly signature flow. The song was released around a year prior to his respected debut LP, Capitol Punishment.

The Contenders
11 Chance the Rapper's verse on Ultralight Beam (Kanye West)
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