67. Wu-Tang Clan "Clan in da Front" (1993)
Album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
GZA gets loose on the solo mission "Clan in da Front." The drunk monk with a quart of Ballantine demonstrates how to sober up fools who mistakenly think they can rap. Regulating with the wordplay ("Come frontin' hard then Bernhard Goetz what he deserves"), he hits his rivals with baseball metaphors ("I throw the rhymes to the mic and I strike 'em out"), describes himself using film references ("With the game and soul of an old-school flick/Like The Mack and Dolemite who both did bids/Claudine went to Cooley High and had mad kids"), and, when that's not enough, just demolishes opponents with a straight verbal shellacking: "The response while I bomb that ass/'You ain't shit!' your wack-ass town had you gassed... Throw your shitty drawers in the hamper/Next time come strapped with a fuckin' Pamper." The Genius rides the galloping, piano-heavy rhythm with ease and is in full command shouting a hook designed to move the crowd.