Another day, another list. Welcome to our first ever “Best Guest Verse Of The Year”!. Another cracking year for hip-hop, with several defining moments (we see you Kendrick), it felt only right to round up our 15 favourite guest spots from the year. Check our choices below!
Childish Gambino – Favorite Song
Verse start: 1:50
Over this overwhelmingly happy song, Bino dropped a hot 16 with a really smooth final 2 bars sung in his mellow voice. Although not the strongest rapper, this was a really nice verse and had us hitting the replay button a hell of a lot.
Tyler, The Creator – O.K.
Verse start: 1:07
Tyler produced a typically hilarious verse over Mac Millers track. With lines like “your ass flatter than the back of my head”, he keeps the laughs coming. His flow aint too bad during the “barking up” scheme too.
Drake – Know Bout Me
Verse start: 1:38
Drake stole the show on Timbalands return, reasserting him self as top of the rap game, with a stuttering flow. Confident lines like “what the fuck did i stutter? am i being mistaken? im a s-s-s-s-star in the making” even made our quote of the week.
Lupe Fiasco – Poor Decisions
Verse start: 2:25
Although Lupe Fiasco may be horribly off form in recent years, over this mellow Jake One beat he shone through. Maybe he should get Rick Ross to pick all his beats?
Busta Rhymes – Rocket Ships
Verse start: 1:18
Over a RZA beat that’s unstoppable like a freight train, the two veterans came in magnificently. However, it was Busta that took the spotlight, with an incredible flow and a hilarious skit about cooking pork.
TIE: Jay-Z- Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe Remix/The Devil Is A Lie
Verse start: 2:15 & 2:56
On Kendricks track Jay-Z floated effortlessly, with lines like “up in the clouds/me and my spouse”. It was an elegant verse and paired a newcomer with a veteran. His “Devil Is A Lie” verse is a recent one that only just got included; but listen to it and tell me it’s not incredible.
Big Sean – All Me
Verse start: 3:27
From his opening demand “HOE! SHUT THE FUCK UP!”, it was obvious Sean was about to go in. He shows he’s a pioneer of flow, by changing his scheme several times (including that weird off beat bit).
Rick Ross – Trap House
Verse start: 1:57
Over some mad trap beat, Rick Ross goes all the way in. When it drops it’s quite possibly the most ignorant thing ever and it’s hilariously classic. This verse also led to the creation of one of my favourite drinking games; drink every time Rozay says “motherfucker” and see how you get on.
Common – Switch Up
Verse start: 1:59
Common proved he’s one of the best, showing off his G.O.O.D. crew, “might even let her meet Ye/ might even let her meet Sean/might even let her meet Push/she never meeting my mom”. The way he flipped the “Clique” line at the end was hard too.
Q-Tip – Thank You
Verse start: 2:35
HE. DOESN’T. BREATHE. Also, his other verses on this song are sick. In fact every verse on this is sick. This track is mad underrated.
Kendrick Lamar – Nosetalgia
Verse start: 1:48
From the haunting opening line “You wanna see a dead body?”, you just knew how this was going to go down. Kendrick delivered yet another classic verse about a cocaine dealer, with incredible story telling prowess.
Freddie Gibbs – The Return
Verse start: 1:32
Freddie Gibbs may be underground, but he spazzed on this track. He creates the most scathing outro to a song ever, with absolute heaters like “It’s the return of the gangsta/thanks ta/these phony ass wannabe thug perpetrators and wankstas/your wifey turn the tide and nigga I red paint ya/won’t stress or cry about it, cause it’s not in my nature.”
Vince Staples – Hive
Verse start: 2:55
Vince Staples has been around a while but perhaps not always taken seriously. This verse will make sure he is. He sounded dangerous, painting an incredibly vivid, yet dark picture. “If this was ’88, I would have signed to Ruthless/’94, would’ve had them walking down Death Row/First is when the best go/hate is what the rest do/Voice inside my head told me/”Wet ’em if they test you”.
Drake – Versace
Verse start: 0:02
With this verse Drake made a whole new flow and had the whole rap game copying it. The bars were as braggadocio as it gets too. Not only that, it was infectious as fuck! Versace. versace, versace!
Kendrick Lamar – Control
Verse start: 2:58
Everyone and their nans dog heard this verse. From the hilarious “I don’t smoke crack motherfucker I sell it!” hook, the King Of New York line and the infamous few bars where he challenged the entire rap game to gun for him (“I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ with/But this is hip-hop and them niggas should know what time it is/And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale/Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake/Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you niggas/Trying to make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas/They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas”). Jesus Christ. He brought the competition back in hip-hop and in a few years I think we’ll look back at this verse as a turning point.