[Top 10] Biggest rap verses of the 2010’s
Now that the 2010 decade is over, we can look back on many retrospectives for the various musical styles.
In a genre like rap, used to competitions, battles and ego fights, the Top 10 and the rankings are even more suitable than in other styles! Song Trivia has therefore looked at the best flows and verses of rappers, heard over the last 10 years.
Some of them have already become legendary... Will you be able to reproduce them in a Guess the song game to impress your friends?
- Nicki Minaj – “Monster” (Kanye West)
Nicki Minaj's verse at the end of Kanye West's "Monster", on the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, leaded to a massive coverage. The rhythm variations and the theatrical intonations of the rapper, who goes from high to low, or from a soft voice to screams in the blink of an eye, are impressive. Many have tried to replicate it, such as Millie Bobby Brown from the series Stranger Things. Kanye even said, "I knew people would say it was the best verse on the best hip-hop album of all time"!
- Kendrick Lamar – “Control” (Big Sean)
While the great Kendrick had just released his masterpiece Good Kid M.A.A.D. City, he caught the whole rap game off-guard the following year, with a verse on Big Sean's "Control", where he tackled down all the best rappers of the moment: Drake, Tyler The Creator, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, Pusha T... With an unbelievable ego, he called himself the best rapper, and even attacked Big Sean and Jay Electronica on their own song! One hell of a knock down...
- Lil Mama – “Sausage”
It's hard to make it in the rap industry when you're a woman. The fact that this song didn't have the impact it deserved says a lot. Lil Mama makes her big comeback here with a succession of verses, each one stronger than the last one. No need for a melody on the beat, her flow is self-sufficient. Between her "my sa-sa-sa" shouted during the chorus and the fast paced second part, Lil Mama tackles down the competition! Come on, let's do like Lil Mama and shout out "Sausage!” in the middle of our Guess the song parties!
- Meek Mill – “Dreams And Nightmares (Intro)”
The Meek Mill title also made a strong impression. The artist goes from an emotional piano introduction to a brutal rap, on a gloomy and epic production. An unexpected change of direction that gives you goose bumps.
- Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
Everything in this track is organised to make it legendary: a minimalist beat, a disturbing bass and a shocking video clip - superbly produced. But let's not forget Tyler's perfect rap, which sounds like a confession, and this mythical opening line: "I'm a fucking walking paradox. »
- Danny Brown – “When It Rain”
Danny Brown is undoubtedly one of today's best rappers in terms of technique. He can practically disguise his voice as if you were hearing two different singers on the same track. On "When It Rain", he shows his craziest side with a high-pitched tone on an industrial and abrasive production.
- Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker The Berry”
It's difficult to limit ourselves to just two performances by Kendrick Lamar in a top 10, when you know the extent of his work. Anyway "The Blacker The Berry" is extremely powerful as much for its message: "You hate me don't you? You hate my people". The final verse is stunning.
- Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”
Nicki Minaj's great rival deserves her spot in this top 10 as well. "Bodak Yellow" was her first big hit in the US, and we can easily see why. The track settles for an overpowering trap beat and Cardi B's impeccable rap, but it's enough to give us a slap in the face. A must-have for your Guess the rap song games!
- Andre 3000 – “Solo (Cover)” (Frank Ocean)
We all know the talent of Andre 3000, half of the ex-duo OutKast. In this musical interlude by Frank Ocean, it's the originality and poetry of his flow that makes him stand out from other artists.
- Rick Ross – “Devil in a New Dress” (Kanye West)
Choosing two verses from the same album (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West) says a lot about the quality of this one. Rick Ross's flow at the end of this extremely moving track bluffed everyone.
And you, what's your favourite verse? Would you be ready to learn one by heart and take the microphone in front of your buddies on a Guess the song night?