No matter how much time we spend defending rap music, even we have to admit that sometimes our favorite rappers spew some serious nonsense. It's not that they just say things that are incoherent (rap is so infused with esoteric slang that it's easy to misunderstand at least one line in nearly every song), it's that rappers occasionally say things that are totally factually incorrect.
The worst case is usually when a rapper incorporates math or science into their rhymes in order to look smart, only to get their facts mixed up and look even dumber than you would have otherwise guessed. It's the kind of thing that confirms that, no, some rappers are not smarter than a 5th grader.
However, like with all things, there's an art to spitting nonsense. Ghostface Killah's classic Supreme Clientele is loaded with lines like, "Cauliflower hurting when I dump the trash," which we'll be dammed if we can explain, but was intentionally off the walls. Meanwhile, Lil B basically made a career out of ridiculous lines, but he was obviously being ironic. And don't even get us started on Cam'ron's hilarious non-sequiturs.
But just because a few people mastered the art of nonsense, doesn't mean everyone did. There's still hundreds of ridiculous rap lines worthy of ridicule. So Complex teamed up with DJBooth to bring you 40 Rap Lyrics That Make No Sense (presented in an order that's as random as the lines themselves).
Written by Nathan Slavik (@RefinedHype) and Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)
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