It's not enough to simply rap well. We also expect rappers to come with overbearing personalities, and there's no better place to showcase those than during an unhinged ad-lib at the beginning or end of a song. These rants are where the real ether is served on battle records and often how MCs confirm that they are, in fact, the wittiest individuals breathing.

In an attempt to bring some order to this much appreciated but little discussed segment of hip-hop culture, we've compiled a list of the 25 Best Rants in Rap History. From Eminem destroying Benzino on "Nail in the Coffin" to Jay-Z embarrassing struggle ballers on "Imaginary Player," read on for a look at shit talking at its finest.

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