Vince Staples went all the way off over Raekwon's primo "Ice Cream" beat during his Hot 97 visit in 2016. He had his sights set on his blackness: the concerns, tribulations, and issues facing him and others who look like him. He's not just firing shots at white supremacy; Staples uses his freestyle to also call out the people of color in his community who haven't stepped up to make a positive impact. He's the definition of real throughout, even delving into his personal issues—"used to have depression, used to have a couple mood swings." But by far, his laser-focused effort reflects the overall change he's constantly vocal about wanting to see in the world. —Kiana Fitzgerald
Best Bar: "I'm just a ni**a with a black vendetta and a black-owned business/In a black Raf sweater, backin’ back white privilege"