Complex Presents The '25 Best Rants In Rap History' Featuring 50 Cent, 2Pac, Diddy, Jay-Z & More

 

Rappers have engaged in verbal warfare on wax ever since the art form was created. Whether they rant about rivals, their record labels or about the amount of money they have, hip hop has provided the perfect platform.

 

With that in mind, Complex has put together their list of the 25 best rants in rap history and it's no surprise that 50 Cent is all over it.

 

Lets check out the list as written by INSANUL AHMEDEDWIN ORTIZ and ERNEST BAKER.

 

25. Gucci Mane on "Pillz"

Year: 2006

Best Line: "But, matter of fact, while you over here is you a waitress or something? 'Cause the sh*t you got on make you look like a waitress."
AlbumHard to Kill

 

Obviously, Gucci Mane was popping Molly and sweating way before Trinidad James made it all trendy. Here, La Flare sets the bar for how to speak to restaurant and nightclub staff in hilarious fashion.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (4:05):

 



 

 

 

 

 

24. Mannie Fresh on Young Jeezy's "And Then What"

Year: 2005

Best Line: "N*****, b******, b**** a** n*****. D*** a** hoes, black a$$, bright a$$ hoes. F*g hags and scalawags."
AlbumLet's Get It: Thug Motivation 101

 

When it comes to the dance floor, Mannie Fresh is an equal opportunity promoter. He invites everyone to cheer the arrival of Young Jeezy.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (0:05):

 



 

 

23. 50 Cent on "I Run New York"

Year: 2005

Best Line: "Tell that n*gga Puffy I said get out the mirror for a second, let me talk to him. Puffy own the n**** motherfu*kin' publishing."
AlbumG-Unit vs. D-Block Vol. 2: Battle for the Crown

 

50 has an extensive history of beefing but the best part of his diss songs aren't always the rapping, sometimes it's just the rants. Case in point: On his verse from "I Run New York" he barely disses Jada, and instead airs out Jada's dirty laundry and says he doesn't own his publishing during an end-of-song tirade. This rant actually lead to an even better one: After being exposed, Jada and Styles took their case to Hot 97 to get the public to rally around them and get Diddy to give up their publishing which lead to an unforgettable shouting match live on the air.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (3:05):




 

 

 

22. Nicki Minaj on "Itty Bitty Piggy"

Year: 2009

Best Line: "It's like I just singlehandedly annihiliated, you know, every rap b*tch in the building."
AlbumBeam Me Up Scotty

 

If Nicki dropped this song today, we'd all assume it was a Mariah Carey diss. But trust, Nicki been dissing nameless females since way before it was good for American Idol's ratings.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (2:50):



 

 

 

21. Too Short on Notorious B.I.G.'s "The World Is Filled"

Year: 1997

Best Line: "B*tch only f*ck with you 'cause you had a good a$$ job, n*gga. Nerd."
AlbumLife After Death

 

Damn, Short Dawg. Why you gotta make it hard for us 9-to-5 players?

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (3:48):

 



 

 

 

 

 

20. RZA on "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F*ck Wit"

Year: 1993

Best Line: "Peace to all the gods and the Earths. Word is bond. Wu-Tang slang. Choppin' heads. It ain't safe no more."
AlbumEnter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers

 

The most hype song on 36 Chambers ends with RZA shouting out neighborhoods all over the nation in glorious fashion. This is when the rap world realized just how deep rooted the clan's influence was, and they've been relevant ever since.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (2:17):

 




 

19. Snoop Dogg on 2Pac's "All About You"

Year: 1996
Best Line: "What make that even more f*cked up, I'm watching the Million Man March and I see the same b*tch on the Million Man March that was in the homeboy Warren G video."
AlbumAll Eyez on Me

Snoop didn't contribute a verse to this record, but still popped up for a memorable rant about this one girl who keeps showing up in videos. We'd love to feel Snoop's pain, but obviously seeing the same hoe everywhere you go is a #SnoopDoggProblem.

Listen To The Full Rant Below (3:34):



 

 

 

 

 

18. 50 Cent on "Order of Protection"

Year: 2003

Best Line: "You fat cupcake eating motherf*cker."
AlbumThe Future Is Now

The most entertaining part about this rant is 50's exuberance at the mere idea that he'd be even remotely be scared of Ja Rule, Murder, Inc, or their fake a$$ order of protection. 50 didn't release mixtapes titled No Mercy, No Fear for no reason.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below:

 





 

 

17. Lil Wayne on "DontGetIt"

Year: 2008

Best Line: "Mr. Al Sharpton, here's why I don't respect you, and nobody like you. See, you're the type that gets off on getting on other people. That's not good. No homo."
AlbumTha Carter III

After a series of delays (and leaks), Tha Carter III catapulted Lil Wayne from young gun to superstar. He closed the album by tackling a handful of serious subjects, which caught many by surprise. Weezy highlighted the flaws within our legal system as well as the negative effects of gentrification over a wailing Nina Simone sample. Then took Al Sharpton to task. It's arguably Lil Wayne's most candid moment on wax.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (2:50):

 



16. Mos Def on "Fear Not of Man"

Year: 1999

Best Line: "People talk about hip-hop like it's some giant living in the hillside, coming down to visit the townspeople."
AlbumBlack on Both Sides

Very few rappers can channel the intellectual spirit that Mos Def (excuse us, Yasiin Bey) possesses on the mic, and his debut solo album Black on Both Sides provided a rich source of insight that people equate him with to this day. On the album-opening "Fear Not of Man," Mos is in pursuit for social truth, and it's a monologue that is as powerful as it is entertaining.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below:

 



 

 

 

 

 

15. Puff Daddy on Nas' "Hate Me Now"

Year: 1999

Best Line: "You never seen a n*gga like me, ever in your life, and that's what you can't understand."
AlbumI Am...

When discussing "Hate Me Now" with Rolling Stone in 2007, Nas explained, "I just wanted [Puff] to talk some of his s*** on there." And talk s*** he did, with words of vengeance and spite from the Bad Boy mogul creating a hostile environment that still feels palpable to this day. As opposed to his usual lengthy monologues, Puff Daddy instead took sporadic shots throughout the record.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (0:30):

 



 

 

14. Jim Jones on Cam'ron's "I Really Mean It"

Year: 2003

Best Line: "As for that lame, man. Nasir—I ain't even gonna say your last name 'cause that's mine—I catch you, you know what it is."
AlbumDiplomatic Immunity

Jim Jones isn't necessarily known for his lyrical prowess, but charisma? That's a different story. Creating a career off a single record and phrase, the Capo of Dipset knows what to say and when to say it. In that regard, his improvised inclusion on Cam'ron's celebrated Diplomatic Immunity cut was paramount, as he accentuated his Harlem persona while also sending shots at Nas.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (3:03):

 



 

 

 

 

 

13. DMX on "What's My Name?"

Year: 1999

Best Line: Half-rapping a$$ motherf*ckers. You think it's a game? You think it's a f*cking game?!?!?!"
Album...And Then There Was X

Nothing gets you more pumped up (and a little terrified) than some motivational speaking from Earl Simmons. On this street classic, DMX was out for blood, and his aggressive opening was a perfect lead-in for the ferocious lyricism that came afterward. The rant may clock in as one of the shortest on the list, but DMX didn't need much time to get his point across.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below:

 



 

 

12. Kanye West on "Last Call"

Year: 2004
Best Line: "They still weren't looking at me like a rapper. And I'm sure Dame figured like, 'Man, if he do a whole album, if his raps is wack at least we can throw Cam on every song and save the album.'"
AlbumThe College Dropout

 

"Last Call" is a perfect example of the candid yet cerebral individual that we've come to know and love. The heart of this track is a nine-minute monologue of shout outs and stories, and it's amazing to hear the Chicago rapper put his career on full display without a filter. Like Dame says, "Oh s***! It's not even wack!"

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (3:55):

 




 

 

 

 

 

11. Puff Daddy on Notorious B.I.G.'s "My Downfall"

Year: 1997

Best Line: "We gon' keep doing our motherf*ckin' thing from now 'til the year 3000, b*tches. You can't breathe, you can't sleep, you can't eat without thinking about us."
AlbumLife After Death

Biggie does some of his best rapping ever on this track, and even then, Puffy still shines. This is a prime example of why he's the king of talking s***.

Listen To The Full Rant Below (0:52):

 

 

 

 

 

10. Birdman on "#1 Stunna"

Year: 2000

Best Line: "We all drive Bentleys on dubs. I'm trying to put platinum eyebrows on these hoes. I just bought me a platinum football field, n*gga."
AlbumI Got That Work

You can't call yourself the "#1 Stunna" unless your stunt game is on stupid. And a good portion of what Birdman says on here is pretty stupid. Why the f*** would you buy a platinum football field? WORST INVESTMENT EVER.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (3:40):

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Eminem on "Nail in the Coffin"

Year: 2002

Best Line: "F*ck your little magazine, too. I don't need your little f*ckin' magazine. I got XXL's number anyway, and y'all can't stand 'cause they getting bigger than y'all."
Album: N/A

 

Despite being a rapper and being worth millions of dollars, Eminem rarely brags about his wealth. So to hear him rag on Benzino for being broke was beyond hilarious. Despite once being regarded as the premier hip-hop publication, this rant sealed The Source's fate.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (3:50):




 

 

 

 

8. Bun B and DJ Paul on "Sippin' On Syrup"

Year: 2000

Best Line: "Y'all non-snorters, non-smokers, non-sippers, get the f*ck up out of here, b*tch."
AlbumWhen the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1

These guys are pioneers of hard drug use in hip-hop, so it's only fitting that they open the record that popularized promethazine codeine with some truly epic ranting.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below:

 



 

 

 

7. 50 Cent on "Southside"

Year: 2007

Best Line: "N*ggas think Jimmy Iovine's my boss. N*gga, f*ck Jimmy Iovine, n*gga. I'm from 134th Street, n*gga. I ain't got no motherf*cking boss."
Album: N/A

 

During his 2007 campaign to promote his third studio album Curtis, 50 Cent didn't sound as comfortable going in as he did with his first two releases. Maybe it's because he was in a sales race with Kanye West, and pressure to outperform the Chicago MC took a toll on him. Or maybe he was upset with his label's direction on the new project. Whatever the case, 50 voiced his displeasure with Interscope on the G-Unit street cut "Southside." Yapping over a slick Ski Beatz backdrop originally done for Pacewon, Ferrari F50 was sounding extra disrespectful as he berated Jimmy Iovine like he was an intern. As appealing as "Southside" was, we strongly urge other Interscope signees to refrain from similar activity.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (1:47):




 

 

6. Cam'ron on "You Gotta Love It"

Year: 2006

Best Line: "You talking 'bout you a 80's baby. You 37 years old, you was born in 1968. And I open the Daily News, how's the King of New York rocking sandals with jeans? Open toe sandals with chancletas with jeans on. How's the King of New York rocking sandals with jeans and he 42 years old."

AlbumKilla Season

Cam'ron was none too pleased when Jay-Z and Dame Dash parted ways and broke up the Roc-A-Fella dynasty, nor the fact that just a few years earlier Hov blocked him from securing a deal as Vice President of the label. A culmination of this and other personal issues between the two camps became the genesis of the infamous diss record "You Gotta Love It." From beginning to end, the eight-minute track is brimming full of Killa Cam quotables, with references to Fraggle Rock and Ma$e turning this into an open mic at Caroline's.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below:

 




 

 

5. Nas on "Destroy & Rebuild"

Year: 2001
Best Line: "N*ggas been hating me since I been 9, shining with suede motherf*ckin' Ballys on and silks. I'ma always be this young don. Don't be like the n*ggas on the other side, hating me 'cause I'm beautiful."
AlbumStillmatic

Nas battling Jay-Z was one thing, but he really gave it to Prodigy, Nature, and Cormega the worst because he literally sonned the s*** out them. By the end of this rant, the bridge was definitely over.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (3:55):

 

 



 

 

 

4. Jay-Z on "Imaginary Player"

Year: 1997

Best Line: "You probably hop on my d*** right there, right in front of ya b*tch. Ask me some stupid sh*t like, 'Yo, yo dog. What's the difference between a 4.0 and a 4.6?' Like 30 to 40 grand c*cksucker, beat it."
AlbumIn My Lifetime, Vol. 1

 

Jay-Z is a lot of things, but he isn't always all that funny. But hearing him clown a nameless imaginary player at the end of this record is Hov at his comedic finest. Do them s**** even got leathers?

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (3:24):

 



 

 

 

 

 

3. Puff Daddy on Notorious B.I.G.'s "Long Kiss Goodnight"

Year: 1997

Best Line: "Now, we don't give a f*ck. We just absolutely don't give a f*ck because there ain't no motherf*ckin' love here. There ain't no love here. You know, we just gon' keep doing what we do. We gon' keep f*cking you up. And I'ma keep stompin' your motherf*ckin' head in you f*cking b*tch."
AlbumLife After Death

 

Biggie never namedrops you know who on Life After Death, but a good portion of the album is clearly about his beef with Death Row. Although many felt this record was about Pac, and some lyrics can definitely be taken that way, Puff's line, "We're not talking about no other rappers, we're talking about you m***********," is almost certainly about Suge Knight.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (2:00):

 



 

 

 

 

 

2. Snoop Dogg on Dr. Dre's "F*ck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')"

Year: 1992
Best Line: "All the sucka a$$ n*ggas can eat a fat d*ck. Eazy-E, Eazy-E, Eazy-E can eat a big fat d*ck. Tim Dog can eat a big fat d*ck. Luke can eat a fat d*ck."
AlbumThe Chronic

When rappers were entangled in beef back in the '90s, they were also more inclined to identify their target without nibbling around the subject with veiled shots (cc: Drake, Pusha T). Snoop Dogg held nothing back on "F*** Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')" as he name-checked Eazy-E, Tim Dog and Luke without breaking a sweat.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (3:45):

 



 

 

 

 

 

1. 2Pac on "Hit 'Em Up"

Year: 1996

Best Line: "F*ck Bad Boy as a staff, record label, and as a motherf*ckin' crew."
Album: N/A

 

This entire rant is the definition of vitriol, and in some ways, even better than the actual rapping on the song. Pac talks himself into a rage and fires off at every enemy rapper. The rant totally put Prodigy's personal health in the streets and officially switched the focus of the beef from Biggie to Bad Boy and the East Coast as a whole.

 

Listen To The Full Rant Below (3:30):

 

 

 

 

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Comment by Nick Cairns on January 28, 2013 at 1:18pm
How could "real Mutha F***** Gs" get skipped over?? "Mutha f*** dre, mutha f*** snoop, mutha f*** death row...and yo...here comes my left blow. Cuz I'm the e-a-z-y-e, and its the season to let the REAL MUTHA F***** Gs IN"
Comment by Fiji Thugz on January 27, 2013 at 3:19pm
Puffy is a lil b**** the whole rap game knows that.
Comment by aaron on January 26, 2013 at 5:49pm
oh men is push s*** wod
Comment by Mike Hanks on January 25, 2013 at 3:06am
Damn how yall go leave out ICE CUBE n NO VASALINE!!!!!
Comment by Jnr(Pound stronger den d dollar) on January 24, 2013 at 4:35pm
2pac most def owns number one
Comment by SMP on January 24, 2013 at 3:47pm
Half of these hoes are some fa-ggot a-ss rappers.
Comment by Selvino on January 24, 2013 at 3:47pm
yeah game name drops like crazy and no mention of him and he want to jump on a mixtape and drop bars but no mention of him here hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha got more diss songs then hits
Comment by Selvino on January 24, 2013 at 3:44pm
Till today I hear someone or the other play Hit Em Up banging them sound systems!!!
Comment by JG514 on January 24, 2013 at 3:17pm
PAC!!!!!!!!
Comment by Raymond on January 24, 2013 at 2:50pm
300 bars was trash ......boom



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