The Best Rap Lyrics In The Industry Today: Who’s The Most Original Rapper?
When it comes to the best rapper, nobody in the game is shy about claiming they hold the title. Music is subjective so it’s hard to really say who’s better than who. There are some stand outs though and some good ways to attempt to answer the question. From biggest vocabulary to most unique words used, use of metaphors and more. Here are some of the best lyricists in the industry.
With the largest unique vocabulary in hip hop, Aesop Rock is easily in the running for Most Original Rapper. Structurally he’s very willing to experiment and has come out with some very interesting lyrics as a result. His frame of reference is huge and we see this in his lyrics, moving from topics like cartoons to history without missing a beat. His style is unique and puts his abstract lyrics front and centre. Despite the mumbling that makes some of his lyrics harder to decipher, the content definitely earns him a place on the list.
Growing up between Maine and Wisconsin, Rory Ferreira’s style is one that largely developed in a vacuum away from a lot of mainstream rap influences. He prides himself on his outsider perspective to the game and has earned a name for himself, working with the likes of Open Mike Eagle and Busdriver. His lyrics are some of the most interesting around as he blends between ancient greek philosophy and his experiences growing up. All of it seems like an insight into his mind rather than an overly constructed piece of work. His train of thought style makes the intricacy of his lyrics seem natural enough that you could miss the genius behind his work. Milo’s style is verbose but without a lot of the natural ego of rap, ego or not he’s still a lyricist at the top of his game.
Not surprisingly, Eminem makes the list as even without his abilities as a rapper his lyrics are among the best. He is ranked number one in vocabulary size amongst the 99 best selling artists of all time. Over the years he has consistently delivered on lyrically complex pieces. From work with lyrical density like Rap God and the surprisingly intricate Lose Yourself, Eminem’s place at the top of the pile is well earned.
Less commercially successful than a number of his disciples, MF Doom is a legend in the rap game. With more unique words than Shakespeare, a master of deep lyrically complex rap his plaudits are well earned even if he’s never reached the heights of Kendrick Lamar or Eminem.
From the earliest days of N.W.A, Ice Cube established himself as a competent lyricist. He set a standard in rap for artists using their lyrics to tell a story and build worlds. He could comfortably fit anything from angry verses to quieter ones reflecting the sadder elements of the world he lived in. A legend in hip hop and pop culture, his lyrics have stood the test of time and inspired all those who came after.
These are some of our picks for some of the most original rappers in the game. Who did we miss? Tell us in the comments.