PHILADELPHIA - There's no doubt about it; Crack is one of the best lyricists in Hip Hop today. He has an undeniable swagger and a very brazen style of writing. His lyrics are proof that Hip Hop hasn't 'gone soft.


The rise of crack rap has transformed the position of artists. In the past, rappers focused on the rap part of their songs. This worked fine for 15 years and helped them attain legendary status as lyricists. The pioneering gangsta rappers like Biggie and Jay-Z also rapped about rapping, but Crack has taken things further.

Pusha T is perhaps the most prolific rapper to mention drugs in his lyrics. He has referenced crack in a variety of ways. From punchlines that detail the cooking process to boast about his legendary cocaine dealer status, Pusha T's lyrics are filled with references to the drug. Overall, he has referenced crack in one out of every nine bars.

Vic Spencer

Vic Spencer is an underground rapper from Chicago who's been making waves in the hip-hop scene for a decade. He worked with artists like Chance The Rapper and Saba when they were unknown. His unorthodox style captured listeners who craved an edge. Spencer's latest album, The Cost of Victory, is no exception. His unique style captures the essence of the late '90s hip-hop scene while blending a sophisticated and hip-hop feel.

Spencer is not only a great lyricist but a great rapper. His music is both entertaining and insightful, and he has the ability to turn a familiar topic into something new. His song "Say It With Music" features a jazzy beat, and Vic raps about the pain he's felt during the past few years.

God MC

Rakim was often called 'the God MC' because of his lyrical ability. He was one of the first rappers to push hip hop's lyricism to new heights. His lyrics showed great intellect and included poetic devices like enjambment. Rakim also collaborated with fellow rapper Andre 3000 and formed the group Outkast.

Rapper Rakim has been in the game for over 25 years. He made his lyrical debut on "Eric B. is President." This album spawned four classics that helped Rakim establish himself as a true lyricist.


Nas is arguably one of the greatest storytellers in hip hop, and his lyrics provide a unique insight into the artist's mind and struggles. CNN named him the best lyricist of all time, and there's no doubting the quality of his work. Nas's lyrics are personal and universal, offering a look at the struggles of everyday life and inspiring listeners to express themselves through lyrics.

Nas's lyrics are remarkably diverse and often reflect the times they were written. He has a history of referencing black rights activists, poets, and artists from all walks of life. In many of his lyrics, he references Tony Montana, Huey P. Newton, and Ivan Van Sertima. When asked if he would still be rapping 20 years from now, Nas declined to give a definitive answer, but he did give his assessment of hip hop and its future. He also references the Harlem Renaissance poet and 2 Live Crew.

Alsace Carcione

Alsace Carcione is one of the most talented lyricists in hip hop, and this Dallas-based artist's latest album, Luto, is a must-listen. This album is filled with emotional-charged lyrical content and enthralling instrumentals. Her lyrics are intelligent and inspiring, and she knows what everyday people feel. Her lyrics touch on pain, love, joy, and everything in between.

Using metaphors, figurative language, and lyrical imagery, rappers can turn words into poetry. They paint a picture with their words.

Pharoahe Monch

Pharoahe Monch is one of the most celebrated emcees in hip hop. He has been at the forefront of hip hop lyrical innovation for over two decades. He crafts complex rhyme schemes and intelligent raps that will take you to another world. He has worked with artists such as Common, Talib Kweli, and Mos Def. In addition to his rap career, he is a founding member of Organized Konfusion.

One of Hip Hop's most versatile artists, Monch has released four albums and has stayed consistent in quality. His latest album, PTSD, is his most personal and beautifully crafted work. The album features personal lyrics and follows a loose storyline centered around post-traumatic stress. His raps tackle a range of subjects, from politics to religion.


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