The Greatest Lyric in the History of Hip Hop
There are many great lyrics in the history of Hip hop, but one can easily be the most memorable. In this article, we’ll discuss a few of the most memorable ones. The first line of Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice” is arguably the greatest in the history of the genre. Often interpreted as a metaphor for death, the song’s title is actually a pun on his rough home life in Compton.
“I Know I’m Gonna Die” by Tupac is also considered to be one of the most memorable rap lyrics of all time. This song makes several political points, including criticism of the American government’s spending on wars. Tupac also raps about the riots in L.A. in 1992. In addition, it’s a well-known fact that the riots in L.A. were a direct result of war-making.
The 1990s-based artists were also known for pushing rhymes further. Artists like Eminem, Mos Def, and Notorious B.I.G. pushed rhyme schemes to the limit, telling stories with words and music. Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” became one of the first rap songs to win an Academy Award. The rhyme scheme was so impressive, people actually cared about the lyrics.
In 2003, Nas released his God’s Son album. God’s Son reshaped the role of a rap artist and redefined the social landscape. His lyrical classic “I Can” embodied much of the value that Nas sought to convey. As such, it’s arguably the greatest lyric in Hip hop history. And while it’s hard to choose just one, the list could be endless.