Rap music is a ruthless contact sport. Each rapper has to guard his hard-earned spot in the game by constantly sharpening his rhyming skills and staying ahead of the competition. However, there are times when rappers have invited other artists to contribute verses on their songs only to end up being outdone by these guest cameos. Whenever this happens, listeners tend focus their attention on the winner of that track. Without further ado, here are 15 songs that showcase rappers being obliterated by guests on their own tracks.
15 Fat Joe - “John Blaze" - featuring Nas, Big Pun and Jadakiss
14 Big Sean - “Control” - featuring Jay Electronica and Kendrick Lamar
13 Devin The Dude - “What A Job” - featuring Snoop Dogg and Andre 3000
12 Raekwon - “Verbal Intercourse” - featuring Nas and Ghostface Killah
In the mid 1990’s, there was no Hip-Hop movement stronger than the 10-man NYC collective known as Wu-Tang Clan. Every member of the crew was just so unique and talented; Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, The Rza, Masta Killa etc. Not only did their music excite and inspire, but their visual presentation and artistic direction was so mesmerizing. The second album released from the Staten Island crew was called Cuban Linx and it was the solo LP from group member Raekwon the Chef. Track #12 was called “Verbal Intercourse” and it featured Ghostface Killah and rap’s golden child Nas. The first verse was handled by the slick Queens poet Nas, and one of his amazing lines included: “I unfold the scroll – plant seeds to stampede the globe.” By the time he was done with it, the Wu Tang clansmen , no matter how sharp their lyrics were, couldn’t match up to Nas’s verbal wizardry. For fans of pure rap music, this is a song you have to look up and listen to – it’s raw Hip-Hop in its purest form.
11 Rick Ross - "Stay Schemin" - featuring Drake
10 Craig Mack - "Flava In Ya Ear" - featuring Notorious BIG, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Rampage
9 A$AP Rocky - “1 Train” - featuring Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Big KRIT, Kendrick Lamar
8 Mobb Deep - “The Realest” - featuring Kool G. Rap
7 Future - “Move That Dope” - featuring Pharrell and Pusha T
6 Scarface - “Smile” - featuring 2Pac
5 50 Cent - “Patiently Waiting” - featuring Eminem
4 The Game - “The City” - featuring Kendrick Lamar
3 UGK - "International Players Anthem" - featuring Outkast
It’s not that common for a rap song to be about marriage and fidelity but the 2007 song “International Players Anthem” by UGK featuring Outkast touched on just those themes. Andre 3000 has already appeared on this list, and on this soulful song, he took the first verse and made it extremely hard for anyone else following him. Some of his best lines included “I jumped the broom, like a preemie out the womb, my partner is yelling ‘too soon.’” Even though at that point Pimp C and Bun B were regarded as very competent lyricists in Hip-Hop, Andre 3000 of Outkast certainly blew them out the water.
2 Jay-Z - “Renegade”- featuring Eminem
1 Kanye West - “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” – featuring Jay-Z
The song “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” was one of the really extraordinary tracks from Kanye West’s sophomore album Late Registration. It was one of those songs that is so lyrically deep that you need about 3 or 4 listens to completely take it in. The original version itself was really good, but then Jay Z jumped on the remix and took the song to another level. This is the track in which Jay dropped the classic line “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man!” Even Kanye later admitted about the song that “I swore I spazzed - then my big brother came through and kicked my a**."
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