The 25 Best Rap Verses of the Last 5 Years

14. Danny Brown "1 Train" (2013)

Producer: Hit-Boy
Album: Long.Live.A$AP
Label: Interscope/RCA Polo Grounds

Danny Brown has so many great verses that it's hard to choose just one. In this case, we'll opt to take the most high profile feature he's had thus far, because it helped introduce him to a new audience. The appeal of "1 Train" is that it's not just a posse cut, but a diverse one, with a range of artists who all boast unique rhyme styles and voices. Let's be real, though: No one has a voice quite like Danny Brown's. Even if he's sandwiched in the middle of these seven verses, his impact is invaluable. He unleashes a flurry of rhymes, "Novice, regardless, heartless and awkward," and "Adonis smoking chronic 'bout to vomit gin and tonic." His rhymes are compact, but his delivery is so fluid it's no wonder his flow goes over heads like pots in pantries. —Insanul Ahmed

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