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The 50 Best Radio Freestyles

34. Kool Keith "Marley Marl" (1989)

Station: WBLS
DJ: Marley Marl
Best Punchline: “You got the birdie disease, by eating rhymes that I have for ya/The poison is bad for ya, stupid”


Listening to Kool Keith's a capella freestyle on Marley Marl's WBLS show, many people probably assumed that the always bizarre Ultramagnetic MC was simply rapping about everyday household pests: bugs, birds, and doves. But taking a closer look, Keith was using these creatures as metaphors to describe rhyme animals who dared to bite. Most rappers love to claim that others jocked their style, but how many actually described them as creatures you could find in your backyard? Bugged out, indeed.

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