Collaborations are nothing new these days, especially in rap music. While most rap songs are done solo, nowadays it is hard to find songs without an appearance from another artist. Some musicians may feature one or two people on their track but there have been occasions where more than two people have been featured on the lead artists track. There are rap songs out there that feature around 6 people rapping on a song together which could be considered odd as songs are usually around 3-5 minutes in length. Having several rappers on one song together may be difficult as every rapper has to be able to pull their own weight and write to the beat that has been chosen. Sadly not everybody is a good featured artist as some can seriously can drop the ball because of their dislike in the beat, which can result in a terrible verse which then on its own could make the entire track weak.
With that in mind, there is nothing better than a good collaboration as hearing your favorite musicians together on one track can be quite exciting if the song is good and everybody that took part in it, actually pulled their own weight. While collaborations can be both good and bad, the question that pops into everybody´s head when the song comes to an end is one and the same; “Who had the best verse in the song?”. Everybody has their own opinions and rightfully so but I will try to find out who has the best verse on a specific track that I have chosen to analyse. I will not only analyse the track itself but I will dive head first into the verses of each individual artist so I can determine who had the best verse on a song. I will look at things like their flow, delivery, wordplay, meaning behind words and find the best lines from each verse and give an explanation to go with it.
ASAP Rocky vs. Drake vs. Kendrick Lamar. Who has the best verse on “F*ckin´ Problems”?
Here are all of the three rappers verses on “F*ckin´ Problems” (Lyrics via MetroLyrics.com)
“Hold up bitches simmer down
Takin’ hella long bitch give it to me now
Make that thing pop like a semi or a nine
Oh baby like it raw with a shimmy shimmy ya
Huh, ASAP get like me
Never met a motherfucker fresh like me
All these motherfuckers wanna dress like me
Put the chrome to your dome make you sweat like Keith
Cause I’m the nigga, the nigga nigga, like how you figure?
Getting figures and fuckin bitches, she rollin’ swishers
Brought her bitches, I brought my niggas, they getting bent up off the liquor
She love my licorice, I let her lick it
They say money make a nigga act nigger-ish
But at least a nigga nigga rich
I be fuckin’ broads like I be fuckin’ bored
Turn a dyke bitch out have her fuckin’ boys, beast”
“Huh, ASAP get like me”
First verse of the song comes from ASAP Rocky himself. The flow that Rocky has is undeniably one of the best in the game right now as it is slick, creative and simply great. He brings the flow to the table like it´s nothing as he changes tempo and transitions from short lines to long lines without the verse suffering in the process. While Rocky may be known and recognized for his flow, he has some of the most clever lines and verses in general. In his verse, straight off the bat Rocky spits “Hold up bitches simmer down” which literally means that all the women need to calm down so he can spit his verse and it is a perfect way to start off the first verse as well. Rocky mentions his crew as he says “Huh, ASAP get like me” which is one of the most clever lines in the song as he wants his crew ASAP to get to where he´s at. It is also a double entendre as while he is saying that he wants ASAP to get to the same level of recognition and wealth, ASAP also stands for As Soon As Possible. So the line has two meanings to it as Rocky wants ASAP (Mob) to get like him as soon as possible. Rocky also talks about how other rappers want to dress like him but says that he has yet to meet a person who is as stylish as him. He also mentions Keith Sweat in a witty way and talks about getting paid and women. Rocky spits “They say money make a nigga act nigger-ish” as he is talking about how people change when they get wealthier. “But at least a nigga nigga rich” is pretty much a response to that as he says that while he might´ve changed due to money, at least he is still rich.
The verse is as solid as it can get and it is exactly what I expect to see from Rocky. He goes in on different topics and transitions very well from one line to another without it feeling forced or making the verse bad. Rocky rhymes well and it can be seen in this song as he has several clever lines and showcases his witty wordplay. His flow shines through and he delivers the verse on a silver platter.
“I know you love it when this beat is on
Make you think about all of the niggas you’ve been leading on
Make me think about all of the rappers I’ve been feeding on
Got a feeling that’s the same dudes that we speakin’ on, oh word?
Ain’t heard my album? Who you sleepin’ on?
You should print the lyrics out and have a fucking read-along
Ain’t a fucking sing-along unless you brought the weed along
Then ju.. (Okay, okay, okay)
Then just drop down and get yo’ eagle on
Or we can stare up at the stars and put the Beatles on
All that shit you talkin’ bout is not up for discussion
I will pay to make it bigger, I don’t pay for no reduction
If it’s comin’ from a nigga I don’t know, then I don’t trust it
If you comin’ for my head, then motherfucker get to bustin’
Yes Lord, I don’t really say this often
But this long dick nigga ain’t for the long talking, I beast”
“Then just drop down and get yo’ eagle on
Or we can stare up at the stars and put the Beatles on”
Drizzy Drake has already had a stellar year with several memorable verses and on “F*ckin´ Problems” he does not disappoint. Drake is known for his subliminal lines and stellar flow that always seems to fit with every single beat. He rarely has a weak verse and as a featured artist he usually steals the show, something that has happened very often during the past few years. Drake´s flow on this song is phenomenal and it does not surprise me one bit as he can pretty much find a perfect flow for every beat that is given to him. To start his verse off in a nice fashion, he says “I know you love it when this beat is on” as it is the perfect way to start off a verse as Drizzy is literally saying that he and everybody else knows how good this beat actually is, he ain´t lying as the beat is great. Drake then seems to take some shots at Rihanna and Chris Brown something that is not surprising as Drake and Brown had an alleged bar brawl where the two were fighting over the little R&B princess better known as Rihanna, Meek Mill was supposedly also a part of the brawl. Drizzy is also implying that Rih-Rih was leading them on. “Got a feeling that´s the same dudes we speakin´ on, oh word?”, with this line Drake is just saying that we (Rihanna and Drake) are talking about the same people/person as Rihanna has several songs about her relationship with Chris Brown and Drizzy is taking shots at Brown, so they are talking about the same person. Drake and Brown have beef so the first lines are most likely directed at both Rihanna and Chris Brown. Drake then spits a line which is a reference to an old Nelly song titled “Flap Your Wings” as he says “Then just drop down and get yo´ eagle on”. The line is also a double entendre as he is telling girls to drop it down low but it is also a reference to Nelly´s song.The line after that he says “Or we can stare up at the stars and put the Beatles on” With that line he is basically saying that if you do not want to get your “eagle on” we could just stay in for the night, look at the stars while we listen to The Beatles. The meaning behind those two lines is just phenomenal and shows off Drake´s lyricism and creativeness.
It might happen again, Drake might have the best verse purely because the flow was on point and the verse was well written. Not only does he take a couple of shots at Rihanna and Chris Brown but he is able to reference an old Nelly song and even mention The Beatles. The craziest part is that he does all of that in one verse and he does it in style. The verse is phenomenal and to say it´s good would be downplaying the greatness of some of his lines in this song. All in all, Drake did his thing to the fullest and keeps showing the world how skilled of a rapper he actually is.
“Yeah ho this the finale
My pep talk turn into a pep rally
Say she’s from the hood but she live inside in the valley now
Vacate in Atlanta, then she going back to Cali
Got your girl on my line, world on my line
The irony I fuck ‘em at the same damn time
She eyeing me like a nigga don’t exist
Girl, I know you want this dick
Girl, I’m Kendrick Lamar
Aka Benz is to me just a car
That mean your friends need to be up to a par
See my standards are pampered by threesomes tomorrow
Kill ‘em all dead bodies in the hallway
Don’t get involved listen what the crystal ball say
Halle Berry, hallelujah
Holla back I’ll do ya, beast”
“Got your girl on my line, world on my line
The irony I fuck ‘em at the same damn time”
Kendrick Lamar blew up this year thanks to his new album and it looks like he´s not going to quit anytime soon. Kendrick is one of the best lyricist in the rap game today and he has proven that time and time again on songs like “Swimming Pools” and “m.A.A.d city”. Not only is he a skilled rapper, he is different from many other rappers and has a flow that only he can pull off. Originality, storytelling and beautiful wordplay are only few of the qualities that Kendrick has. On this song he has a nice flow and simple text but yet again brings us some quality storytelling. The greatness of the first lines in verses continues as Kendrick says “Yeah ho this the finale” and it is rather obvious what he means with that line, he is saying that it is time for the last verse of the song. “Got your girl on my line, world on my line, The irony I fuck ‘em at the same damn time” showcases K-Dot´s creativeness as he fucks his girl and the world at the same damn time. What he actually means is that when you have a girl she becomes your most important thing in the world, so when he says that he is fucking them both at the same time, he is still talking about a girl. He could possibly also be referring to him entering the rap game as he started fucking things up for other rappers as he took their opportunity and possibilities of making it. But that is not all, he even made a reference to Future´s song titled “Same Damn Time”. Kendrick keeps it simple yet good in the upcoming lines and even tells people that he knows how famous he has become when he spits “Girl, I´m Kendrick Lamar”. He even says “Aka Benz is to me just a car” and by that he means that while many regular people see Mercedes-Benz as an expensive vehicle, for him it is nothing special. If that was already not enough, Kendrick brings a little bit of “good kid / m.A.A.d city” to “F*ckin´ Problems” when he says the last lines “Halle Berry, hallelujah ,Holla back I’ll do ya, beast”. He is referencing his own song “Money Trees” off of his recently released album. The line is actually about making the right choices as if you choose to go with the finer things in life and temptations, you choose Halle Berry (metaphor) or you could do things the more proper way, the religious way (Hallelujah).
Kendrick definitely made his presence known as he pulls off a solid verse on a song with two other great artists. While the wordplay is much simpler than most of K-Dot´s songs, he still brought the flow and the good storytelling to the table. I feel that he pulled off a good verse but it is not as good as some of the verses on other records he has done this year. While some things are debatable, it is rather easy to see why Kendrick Lamar is as famous as he is, his flow is spectacular and he showcased some nice storytelling in this verse.
Best Verse: Drake
All of the three rappers had 16 bars, phenomenal first-lines and all of them ended their verse with the word “Beast”. This was as fair as it can get but choosing a winner is far from easy. ASAP Rocky brought the old-school flow with several clever lines, Drake brought his lyricism to the table and Kendrick Lamar gave us a taste of his album in just one verse. After careful consideration, I have chosen Drake as the person with the best verse on the song “F*ckin´ Problems”. Drake had it all in his verse, he had a nice flow, meaning behind every line and beautiful wordplay. Drizzy was even able to take some subliminal shots at Rihanna/Chris Brown while still maintaining the integrity of the verse as every line was intriguing and well written. He referenced Nelly´s “Flap Your Wings”, mentioned The Beatles and went from talking about serious things to a more reckless style. With that in mind, quality control was on point as the verse was as good from the start as it was in the end, it was just well put together. Not to say that this is his best verse of the year but it is most definitely the best on this song and one of the better ones he has spit this year. While all of the three artists had a good verse, Drizzy Drake was just a tad bit better.
(Screen Captures from “F*ckin´ Problems” music video / © Polo Grounds / RCA)
(Lyrics via: MetroLyrics)
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