The 25 Best Eight-Bar Verses in Rap History

14. Lloyd Banks on "You Don't Know" (2006)

"Enough holding back the steam, Em let off a magazine/
Dappa don cappa queen mixed in with Cashis creams/
Started off with half a dream, developed into what you see/
Telling ain't my cup of tea, can't tell I'm a fucking G/
I'm on automatic when I'm at it, start static/
And you splattered, shit shattered, I'm a walking bitch magnet/
Spit it how I live it, live it all the way to the limit/
And I'm always on my pivot for my digits, you dig it?"


Fresh off the release of his sophomore album Rotten Apple, the usually reserved Lloyd Banks was feeling extra insolent on the Shady Records posse cut "You Don't Know." Following Eminem and 50 Cent is always tough, but Banks showed up with lyrical darts and a merciless demeanor to match. He tells Em to let off a magazine, but it's Banks who really fires off rhymes like a rifle. Banks is known for his punchlines, but here he's all attitude with lines like, "Can't tell I'm a fucking G?" which makes us want to yell out, "G-G-GGG-G-UNIT!!!" for old times sake. —Edwin Ortiz

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