15 ‘Sway In The Morning’ Freestyles You Gotta Check Out


As the BET Cyphers last week proved, there’s something special about watching a rapper just spit. Though the cyphers only come once a year, there are still places out there that force rappers to deliver verses over a beat in a live setting. Sway In The Morning is one of those places.

The Shade 45 morning show hosted by hip-hop veteran Sway Calloway debuted in 2011 and in the last few years it’s became a destination for rap fans looking to see artists put to the test. The verses may not always be spontaneous—some of the clips you’ll find on this list were obviously pre-written—but there’s a real joy in seeing a rapper hear a beat, pause, silently smile, then go in. As recent appearances by Vic Mensa and Danny Brown show, Sway fresstyles are quickly become their own mini-genre, so we decided to pick 15 freestyles you gotta check out. –Dan Jackson

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  • andre

    i cant believe you dont have brother ali or mistah F.A.B. they had the best freestyles by far

    • ConsciousMind

      Mistah Fab had a nice ass flow and I salute him for actually freestyling, Los had the best one though lol

  • ConsciousMind

    Good looks on the Los freestyle, he killed it

  • SwisherSweEtBOy

    AY the q freestyle made it!

  • vanchi

    lil snupe was a fucking beast r.i.p

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  • ItIsWhatItis

    Sleepin’ on R-mean, Wake the fuck up. Had a RAW ass frestyle.

  • Jeffery

    What about childish gambino or papoose?