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Flo-Rida and Nelly aside, the soul of rap music is lyricism. Therefore Rick Ross's verse on Rocko's track U.O.E.N.O has been capturing heat with many online suggesting he may have gone too far when rapping gleefully: “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it”. This line got me thinking about some of the worst lyrics ever to have been delivered in rhyme:
- Ma$e – Higher
The superstar rapper turned Baptist Minister – then turn rapper again – decided to come out of his second retirement to deliver what was a largely solid verse on Higher from G.O.O.D Music's Cruel Summer. Yet money Ma$e could have ruined it all with the line: "You know I ain't Muslim my n**ga, I'm about my bacon!".
- Tony Yayo – Terminate on Sight (T.O.S)
That Tony Yayo is on this list should be no surprise to rap scholars. Yayo was always a shocking lyricist, only really part of G-Unit due to his undying loyalty to head honcho 50 Cent. On G-Unit's track Terminate on Sight (T.O.S) Yayo ponders: “Who, who, who, who, who, who want it? Which gangsta want it? (WHAT?) Which rapper want it? (WHAT?)” before finally demanding “Which trapper want it? … My house is haunted”.
- 2 Chainz – Birthday Song
2 Chainz has an endearing quality about him, upon hearing his “TWWWWWWWWWO CHAAAAAIINZ” stamp on a featuring track it just feels like everything is going to be okay. 2 Chainz just wants everybody to have a good time. However Birthday Song reveals his vulnerable side, with the Georgia native wondering what happens when it all ends. He flips between being buried in the Booty Club, the Gucci Store, the Louis Store, the Jewellery Store and finally the Truey Store. The confusion seems to have got to his pen, with 2 Chains proclaiming: “She got a big booty so I call her Big Booty”. Duh.
- Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
The East Londoner's magnum opus gave him the leverage he needed to make constant appearances in GQ and at London Fashion week. However his soundtrack to 2010 is laden with whiny lyrical mishaps. Of the best are “I got so many clothes I keep some in my Aunt's house”, “Soon I'll be the Prince like Prince Charles child” and the classic “ I been Southampton but I've never been to Scunthorpe”. Verdict = more time needed in the booth and less time attempting to be Kanye West.
- Ying Yang Twins – Get Low
Apparently the Ying Yang Twins are still making music. If you have heard anything from the Atlanta duo please do comment below. Ten years ago (wtf?!) Get Low with Lil Jon got us crunk and secretly wanting to purchase pimp cups to store our crunk juice in. This was partly thanks to the shocking line “To the window to the wall (To the wall), Till the sweat drop down my balls!!”. Long live rap music.