Lyricism is the backbone of hip hop. Although there are a ton of rappers who aren’t saying a gotdamn thing, there are those who are exceptionally gifted at putting words together over a beat. And with so many songs dropping during any given month, we feel that those rhymes that combine lyrical dexterity and cleverness with verbal gymnastics should be celebrated. Enter: Verse of the Month.
Past winners have included Kendrick Lamar, André 3000, Nas, Royce 5’9 and Brother Ali. And for June, we’re rolling with JAY-Z for his brutal honesty on title-track from his new 4:44 album (which is now available on all streaming platforms).