Best Line: "The one thing I appreciate, you and I, we never pretended/Rhymes we would write it out, hard times fight it out/Gave grace face to face, made it right/And now you riding out, out, out, out, damn"
While the competition for best verse is tight, Q-Tip walks away with the most heartfelt with no challengers. His verse is a eulogy, telling the life story of Phife Dawg, from his parents' meeting, to the end of his life. It's a fitting, touching tribute, something that could be maudlin or saccharine in less practiced hands than Tip's, but doesn't shy away from nuance and, in its own way, becomes celebratory. It's a perfect goodbye. —Brendan Klinkenberg