25 Of The Best Closing Lines In Rap

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Rap music has a way of celebrating the opening line. It’s always the hard entry that has heads nodding and wanting to listen to the rest of the song. However, some songs start off strong and fade out into nothingness by the end. It’s a rapper’s duty to remain thorough throughout the track or enlist the help of others to enhance the cut right up to the closing.

We like to call this the “clean-up,” i.e. the person who plays the final role on a track and “cleans up.” XXL is taking a moment to honor the closers this time. The closing line of a song that seals the deal and leaves the listener satisfied with the outcome of the track. Now there are a million lines like that throughout time, but we’ve picked a solid 25 closing lines from the early days to the very recent that have grabbed our attention. Check them out and feel free to add your own.

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  • Micro Scopy

    Thank you XXL for not mentioning any of Drake’s soft ass lines. Thank you.

    • Andre McKinley

      Lmfao yo

  • Tia

    No Tupac……wack

  • Gizmo

    Macklemore’s final line in Jimmy Iovine!

  • Janu Gharib

    what about Makavelli the don KiLLimiNaTI yu morron..

  • navers

    Come on XXL, you cannot forget an unforgettable classic from Nas in Last Real Nigga Alive while his beef with Jay-Z was ongoing.
    “I was Scarface, Jay was Manolo. It hurt me when I had to kill him, and his whole squad for dolo.

  • FOH

    If only the writers at XXL knew that Nas wrote the last half of that Foxxy Brown verse. It even says so in the album credits. And to think you guys are Hip Hop. Do your homework you fake hip hop nerds.

  • Emillz

    Before I leave make sure everybody heard!/ Know I meant every mothafuckin’ word when we ride on our enemies! – Tupac

    How is Tupac not on here!?