8. Kendrick Lamar on Schoolboy Q's "Blessed"
Kendrick Lamar's verse on "Blessed" sums up what's so intriguing about Kendrick. It is conscious rap that is conscious of where rap really comes from, not just in geographic locale or the specificity of street hustle, but the mindset, the psychological truths that help people to push past significant hardship. It would be meaningless to parse particular lines or lyrics; instead, the overall impression of the verse is what makes its nuance feel true.