Surely, every hip-hop fan has a song that causes them to sing it over and over. And, it is difficult to just choose 10 top dope lyrics in a hip hop song. But these are my thoughts. When you look at these words picture the day and time you first heard them. From listening to “The Sugarhill Gang to Kanye West to Cardi B, creativity is key.
According to Rock the Bells,
“Cooking up the perfect record requires a number of ingredients. From beats and rhymes to ad-libs and flow, if MCs get the formula right then they might just end up with a hit on their hands, one that enjoys the type of longevity that lives on for generations. The opening lines of a track are another key component. Without someone setting it off, hooking listeners in from the jump with a clever piece of wordplay or some sort of bold declaration, the track has to work 10 times harder for a listener’s attention.”
What Do You Think About These?
1. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message
It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under, it’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under, broken glass everywhere, people pissing on the stage, you know they just don’t care, I can’t take the smell, can’t take the noise, got no money to move out, I guess I got no choice, rats in the front room, broke dudes in the back, junkies in the alley with the baseball bat, I tried to get away but I couldn’t get far, cause the man with judge repossessed my car, Don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge, I’m tryin not to lose my head
2. Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
I said a hip, hop, the hippie, the hippie, To the hip hip hop-a you don’t stop the rock, It to the bang-bang boogie, say up jump the boogie, To the rhythm of the boogie, the beat, Now what you hear is not a test: I’m rappin’ to the beat, And me, the groove, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet , See, I am Wonder Mike, and I’d like to say hello, To the black, to the white, the red, And the brown, the purple and yellow, But first I gotta bang bang the boogie to the boogie, Say up jump the boogie to the bang bang boogie, Let’s rock, you don’t stop, Rock the riddle that will make your body rock
3. Diddy, The Lox, Lil Kim, and Biggy – All About The Benjamins
Now/What y’all wanna do?/Wanna be ballers, shot callers, brawlers/Who be dippin’ in the Benz with the spoilers/On the low from the Jake in the Taurus/Tryin’ to get my hands on some Grants like Horace/Yeah, livin’ the raw deal, three-course meals/Spaghetti, fettuccine, and veal
4. – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Drums please! Summer, summer, summertime, time to sit back and unwind, Here it is a groove slightly transformed just a bit of a break from the norm, just a little something to break the monotony, of all that hardcore dance that has gotten to be, a little bit out of control it’s cool to dance, but what about the groove that soothes that moves romance, give me a soft subtle mix, and if ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it, and think of the summers of the past, adjust the base and let the alpine blast, pop in my CD and let me run a rhyme, and put your car on cruise, and lay back cause this summertime
5. – The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! Magazine, Salt-n-Pepa, and Heavy D up in the limousine, Hangin pictures on my wall, every Saturday Rap attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl, I let my tape rock till my tape popped, smokin weed in Bambu, sippin on Private Stock, Way back, when I had the red and black lumberjack, with the hat to match
6. – Lauryn Hill – Lost Ones
“It’s funny how money change a situation/Miscommunication leads to complication/My emancipation don’t fit your equation/I was on the humble, you on every station, some wan play young Lauren like she dumb, but remember not a game new under the sun, everything you did has already been done, I know all the tricks from Bricks to Kingston, my ting done made your kingdom wan run, now understand L. Boogie non-violent, but if a thing test me, run for me gun
7. – Public Enemy – Fight The Power
We’ve got to fight the powers that be, Elvis was hero to most, Elvis was a hero to most, Elvis was hero to most, But he never meant s-to me you see you see, straight-up racist that sucker was simple and plain, mother f-him and John Wayne, cause I’m Black and I’m proud, I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped, most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps, sample a look back you look and find nothing but rednecks for 400 years if you check
8. – Kanye West & Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger
She take my money when I’m in need, Yeah, she’s triflin friend indeed, oh, she’s a gold digger, way over town, that digs on me, now, I ain’t sayin she a gold digger,(When I’m in need) but she ain’t messin with no broke niggas, (She give money)Now, I ain’t sayin she a gold digger, I gotta leave, Get down girl, go ‘head, get down
9. – Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
It’s Cardi, Said I’m the shit, couldn’t fuck with me if they wanted to, I don’t gotta dance, Said little bitch, you can’t fuck with me, If you wanted to, These expensive, these is red bottoms, These is bloody shoes, Hit the store, I can get ’em both, I don’t wanna choose, And I’m quick, cut a nigga off, So don’t get comfortable, Look, I don’t dance now, I make money moves (ayy, ayy), Say I don’t gotta dance, I make money move, If I see you and I don’t speak That means I don’t fuck with you, I’m a boss, you a worker, bitch, I make bloody moves
10. – LL Cool J & Amerie – Paradise
We went through this before, Actin’ like the L’s can bag ’em no more, Nightgown draggin’ on the heated marble floor, Flash Cartier when you open up the door, slide these on baby, So butter, still relate to the gutter, Just your life style’s different, spirit uplifted, Fell in love with a cat who’s gifted, Turn you back to, paradise, damn I missed it, Pop a bottle, light a purple candle, I got somethin’ that you can’t quite handle, that’s why you love me, Pour bubbly, glow from the flame make your skin shine lovely, I’m saying baby, Touch it why don’tcha (oh) touch it why don’tcha (oh), Touch it why don’tcha (hey) touch it why don’tcha (mm), Hey girl, aw, girl!, Hey girl, I want to rock your world
Now, tell me what are your favorite most memorable lyrics. You know, the ones you can’t stop singing.
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