Wacky Wednesdays: What’s your Favorite Line in Hip Hop?

The FugeesDa Hype 1

From the very first time my sister came home with Eric B. and Rakim’s Paid in Full cassette tape, I was in love with Hip Hop. “Thinking of a master plan, this ain’t nothing but sweat inside my hand…” Alright, alright, enough of that.

So, I had a difficult time answering the question, “What is your favorite line in Hip Hop?”

Biggie perfected the craft of lyricist and amazed me by the way that he strung words together to form lyrics in Ready to Die. And, for me, Nas’s Illmatic was an anthology of some of the best poetry I had ever heard.

But, if I have to pinpoint a favorite line, it would have to be from Lauryn Hill in the Fugees’ song, “Ready or Not.” Remember back in the day when you received the ultimate diss, someone said that you were sh*tted on? In this song, Hill suggests to all the wack rappers, that while they are trying to be gangsters, she is beating them in the rap game with her lyrics.

She says, “So, while you’re imitating Al Capone, I’ll be Nina Simone and defecating on your microphone!”

Da Realist 1

There are so many good lines in Hip Hop that it’s hard to pick just one. Should I go really old school with “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five? Go classic with Biggie–“Please us with your lyrical thesis”? Or, should I pick something from my favorite contemporary artists–Nas, Damian Marley, T.I.?

Of the songs in heavy rotation on my iPod, some of my all-time favorites come from Lauryn Hill’s 1998 release, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. I love the entire CD, but I had to pick “Everything is Everything.” It always makes me happy when I hear it. I love L. Boogie’s voice, and she “rhymes tight.” But I still couldn’t narrow it down to just one line. . .

More powerful than two Cleopatras/Bomb graffiti on the tomb of Nefertiti/ MCs ain’t ready to take it to the Serengeti/ My rhymes is heavy like the mind of Sister Betty

Now you know our favorites, and perhaps this also explains why we are friends.  But we’d love to hear from you. What is your favorite line in Hip Hop?

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9 thoughts on “Wacky Wednesdays: What’s your Favorite Line in Hip Hop?

  1. I have a number of favorite lines but my favorite one right now is on Kanye’s Yeezus, I’m not sure which song it is, but I think it’s New Slaves and he says, “I’d rather be a d!@k than a swallower…” and as I was listening to the song, I was thinking to myself…that’s deep, if you think about it. I’m no student of hip hop, I like what I like. i admit, I am a Kanye fan after seeing him in concert. This album is not my favorite, its got heavy pop influences and he taking bragging to a whole “nother” level. However, that one lyric made me laugh when I initially heard it and then made me think as her repeated it.

    • Not familiar with Kanye’s new stuff, but I liked him in the mid-2000s. “What more could you ask for? The international a**holes / Who complains about what he is owed? And throw a tantrum like he is 3 years old/ You gotta love it though somebody still speaks from his soul.” He is so “over-the-top,” but I love that he acknowledges it.

  2. Lol! I saw your brother’s post on FB and he said that this is a really good album, but I have not copped it yet. One thing I have always given Ye credit for, was being honest about himself. Lol!

  3. They don’t understand how I feel about the funk. I walk with the funk. I talk with the funk. I eat with the funk. I sleep with the funk. I live for the funk. I’ll die for the funk. -Chief Rocka, Lords of the Underground

  4. Watch me swing like this, why should I swing it like that, Because in fact, on me it might not attract
    Therefore I ignore, I do as I feel inside
    I live with me, I’ve got my back tonight
    Ya know what I’m saying?
    Yo Black, I’m not playing
    Black Sheep, The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)

  5. You can get with this, or you can get with that. You should get with this, ’cause this is where it’s at! Engine, Engine #9, on that NY transit line. If my train jumps off the track . . . pick it up, pick it up, pick it up!! Lol!

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