Young Guns

Street’s disciple, my raps are trifle
I shoot slugs from my brain just like a rifle
Stampede the stage, I leave the microphone split
Play Mr. Tuffy while I’m on some Pretty Tone shit
Verbal assassin, my architect pleases
When I was twelve, I went to hell for snuffin Jesus
Nasty Nas is a rebel to America
Police murderer, I’m causin hysteria
My troops roll up with a strange force
I was trapped in a cage and let out by the Main Source
Swimmin in women like a lifeguard
Put on a bulletproof nigga I strike hard
Kidnap the President’s wife without a plan
And hangin niggaz like the Ku Klux Klan
I melt mics till the sound waves over
Before steppin to me you’d rather step to Jehovah
Slammin MC’s on cement
Cause verbally, I’m iller than a AIDS patient
I move swift and uplift
your mind shoot the gift when I riff in rhyme
Rappin sniper, speakin real words
My thoughts react, like Steven Spielberg’s
Poetry attacks, paragraphs punch hard
My brain is insane, I’m out to lunch God
Science is dropped, my raps are toxic
My voicebox locks and excels like a rocket—
Nas on Main Source’s “Live At The Barbecue”


This is without question the greatest verse ever dropped by a minor. We’ve had plenty of other young MCs that stepped to the plate and smacked a homerun on the first pitch. Young Rakim, Foxy, LL Cool J, Will Smith all dropped classics before their 18th birthdays.

Following Nas, the ranking is not so clear. ” Eric B. Is President” and “My Melody” are both classics and “Parents Just Don’t Understand” set off The Fresh Prince’s long and successful career. But if I have to pick one single verse as the #2 of all time under-18, I have to go with Shyheim and his verse on the famous freestyle with Biggie, Tupac, and Big Daddy Kane (and Scoob and BDK) live at Madison Square Garden.

Yo, this goes out to everybody from Staten Island
Yo, times is gettin hard, word is bond, I swear to God
I even got caught tryin to steal from the junkyard
A born terror, a rebel without a pause
I never had a good Christmas, so who is Santa Claus?
I walk the streets at night with my head down
In this lil town you see clowns that wanna be down
So they get a glock and lick shots to get props
And when shit rocks all you can hear when the shells drop
An old man got shot in the parkin lot
In front of my buildin I hang with his grandchildren
And for the nigga that pulled the trigga then tried to slide
and hide, but he got knocked by the homicide
And this happens everyday around my way
So I pray that I can live another day
—Shyheim on “Madison Square Garden” Freestyle with Big Daddy Kane, Biggie and Tupac

The kid was 14 years old on stage at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” with not one but three of the greatest MCs ever on stage with him. And he went after B.I.G. and Pac! He painted a picture of the reality for a young kid in the Staten Island PJ’s and he did it with the maturity of a kid who has seem some horrible things at a young age and recognized that he was not a “clown that wanna be down”. I fully believe that if The Rugged Child went on to have a successful rap career, we would look at this verse as right up there with Nas’ BBQ verse.- MikeD

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  • OG Matt Herbz

    @ the little shit about to type a Lil’ Wayne verse:

    Don’t do it, homey. You got your whole life ahead of you… Back away from the computer, man, it doesn’t have to end this way!

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • that nigga


    • Silly Willy

      LMAO !!!!!

      Also included: Lil’ Bow Wow, SB, Lil or Young whatever the fuck or any variations from those terms that was used from 2000 to these days to name a rapp,…….erm, an entertainer remotely related to hiphop……..

    • Kingsley

      This is where them niggas die fast
      Sell bricks and buy bags
      They dodge class to hit the block and go find cash
      If you try to pass – take my advice: drive fast
      ‘Cause, my man, ain’t no escapin’ when shots blast
      You wonder why the cops keep circlin’
      Niggas murderin’
      I ain’t never saw ‘em before
      Tonight we twurkin’ ‘em
      Niggas wearin’ masks like glasses
      Niggas got on tank tops and a pair of Reebok classics
      Pants to my knees ’cause the glock make it slouch
      I can’t talk right now – I got three rocks in my mouth
      And, wodie, when we enter– niggas freeze up like it’s winter
      And if a nigga whisper, pistols eat him up for dinner
      Seventeen representer – you don’t like it, do somethin’
      And I’ll bet you’ll see a nigga outside ’bout two-somethin’
      And we like to dress in all black up in my residence
      Ain’t got on no suits ’cause we ain’t tryin’ to be presidents

      had to put up a wayne verse this from “nigga couldnt know” off that big tymers i got that work track number 3, Wayne spit some shit on this one.

  • funkadelikk

    YO STAFFERS That aint no Shyhiemfreestyle might’ve spit them in a freestyle but if my memory serves me correct aint that verse from the rugged child album like the first or second song with ODB on tha hook and didnt Premo produce it. Anyone remember those rumors from back in the day bout method man was writing his lyrics.

    • Curtis75Black

      you’re absolutely correct. It was actually from his 1st single !!

      • El Tico Loco

        “On and on” that’s right!

      • Incilin

        MAD PROPS to Curtis75Black and funkadelikk. I aint neva heard dudes album, but ya sound like you know what you talking about. Good looks.

        But on the real, how you gonna list Shyheim over Rakim in anything?

    • Yaw Dankwa

      Neither 2pac nor Biggie’s verses where freestyles- 2pac’s was from Nothing To Lose & I know that Biggie verse is on his song, ‘Come On’ with Frank Sinatra…

  • El Tico Loco

    I’m not gonna type the whole Dopeman song but that’s classic underage shit there. So what’s Souljah Boy or Bow Wow’s excuse?

    • Silly Willy

      Does “lack of knowledge coupled with hatred toward books motivated by fear of trying to think about something” still apply ?

      The whole “Juvenile Hell”, not on Infamous level, but c’mon, that was some hot shit!

  • diamond district

    i think it the young nigga’s name was lil malik, on snoop song “pump pump” killed that shit…
    Now just back up, don’t act up, I pack up much heat
    Any battle I’m in, I win, I can’t be beat
    Don’t sleep while I creep peep out my technique
    I forgot, I’m out of sight so you can’t see the
    MC of the year, you hear and you fear
    i got somethin for them niggaz in the front and the rear
    I handle the sides, did a driveby in the who-ride
    I’m satisfied now everything is really alright
    You know when I come nigga I come wicked
    Don’t need no permisison, motherfucker I’ma kick it
    Niggaz sweat my shit I wet em up with the biscuit
    Lick em up shot, it don’t stop, till dem all drop
    Make up your mind, go pop or slang rocks
    Just stop, rottin on the next niggaz jock
    I’m strapped with my glock on your block
    And ready to let loose on the first imitator that I spot

    • Curtis75Black

      Yeah, He’s also from the group Illegal with Jamal. That verse was vicious.

      • Tony Grand$

        Mally G was an ill little dude.

        He got songs with Redman, Erick Sermon & Keith Murray, too. Can’t think of the names but dude would’ve been one of the best to ever do it if he continued the way he was going.

        I wonder what happened to him.

        • capcobra

          mally g. my dude..he still doing him..he come thru charlotte..shyheim and malik be out here too…old school rappers hide in…i ain’t gon put ‘em all on blast but it’s more than 15 rappers we that we used to honor that’s living out here…and they all from 88-90 something.

        • Jamal7Mile

          You can catch a Mally G freestyle on AllHipHop(dot)com if you do a search on this cat named Loch121. Loch is from Detroit, but he moved to ATL and is getting some rap paper with his freestyle posts. He is freestyling with Mally G in one of his clips.

          I never met Loch121 but that cat is DOPE!

  • Jamal7Mile

    Got Damn!! I never heard that Madison Sq Garden freestyle before. I don’t think Shyheim “freestyled” his verse, per se, although it was still fire. When he said “Who is Santa Claus?” someone on stage ‘doubled’ the line, thus, he kicked the verse before. Still dope!

    It was good to hear the BBQ freestyle again. Damn, it’s been years! Good lookin’ out!

    Not sure how old Kurrupt was when he kicked a verse on Snoop’s “For All My Niggaz & Bitches” Doggystyle track. That was one of the first time I ever heard him spit and the dude made my rewind button pop off my boombox! Whooo!! The very first time I heard him had to be on The Chronic, but I wasn’t really paying attention too hard. Both of those CD’s got stolen a loooong time ago.

    Honorable mentions: The Brat, Juvenile Delinquents (who remember that?), LONS, UTFO…

    Too many to list. This decade? NOBODY!!

    • capcobra

      you talking about juvenile deliquents from that terminator x and the valley of the jeeps joint?…if so..then wow…that might be one of the hardest teenager joints ever…if you don’t know about it then google it.

      • $ykotic

        My dudes are digging in the crates! That Juvie D cut was hard.

        “Crewz Pop”-Da Youngstas

        This cut makes me shine the iron.

      • Jamal7Mile

        BINGO!! Cap, I gotta give you props for that one! I didn’t think ANYONE would get that one. Believe it or not, I don’t know a thing about that group. I just remember seeing the video of them (black hoodies, some gold teeth, phat rope chains) on BET Rap City (or was it YO Mtv Raps?). 20+ years ago!!

        You right, $yk! Had to dig in my mind’s crates for that one. What happened to them? Seems like they were one-and-done.

        • capcobra

          they from south jamaica…that’s why i remember ‘em..after that summer it was over..who knows where they at now..but i got a question that i need answered….how old was tragedy on marley marl in control vol.1?…i wanna vote for him..rebel is here or live motivator.

        • $ykotic

          cap I thought you were gonna say “Arrest The President”. Khadafi was 17-19 ish.

          I ain’t gonna lie, “Sing The Blues” was my joint on “Valley of the Jeep Beats”.

          J7 I think the Treach factor wore off. They had that “Hip Hop Ride” rmx then that was it. Philly, PA has always been in the game.

        • $ykotic


          Just went back to “Crewz Pop” video.



      yeah. true dat Jamal, ‘my generation’ young guns all suck. they can’t even dream of spitting some shit of Nas’ caliber. i cant even be part of this one. SMH.

  • Lowedwn

    Talib Kweli – Manifesto
    Any Kurupt verse from The Chronic, Doggystle or Dogg Food

    • Pierzy

      Good call on Kurupt. He was sinister back in the day! “Stranded On Death Row” was crazy

      • Dub Sac

        Like J7M said – that For All My Niggaz & Bitches is the shit!

        I’m raw like new footage
        I’m rugged like a BF Goodrich
        Bring your whole set and get your hood lynched
        Drop to your knees like a dog in heat
        Peep the murderous styles and the poetical techniques

        That shit gets you pumped!

    • Justice4All

      Every verse on Dogg Food from Kurupt was fire.

      • Pierzy

        “Provoke us/Invade with a superior focus/I’m dat nigga like Daz/crooked as scoliosis”

  • Lowedwn

    Outkast’s whole Southernplaylistc…album

    Cardan use to kill them Harlem World freestyles too.

  • Curtis75Black

    The illest for me and I still to this day enjoy is LL’s The Breakthrough off his Bigger and Deffer Classic. Those lyrics still resonate today, especially from the hate dealings with this era of Hip Hop.

  • DBlock

    Lil Malik, “We Getz Buzy”

  • El Tico Loco

    I was gonna say Jamal and Malik (no slumdog) but Erick Sermon, Snoop and Treach was their GW’s and same for Da youngstas.

  • Pierzy

    I’m going with “My Melody” – that completely changed the way EVERY emcee rhymes…

  • El Tico Loco

    Who can name this one right here.

    Cover your dome or feel the motherfuckin glock
    the problem child is in the house and I’m lettin off shots
    biggedy bang biggedy bang hit them muthafuckas dead
    I’m down on this track and I’m about to get wreck
    I’m coming like a hustla never comin busta
    Blastin around u hoes screamin die muthafucka
    Never showin mercy that shit is for the weak
    I pop my glock and knock a nigga off his feet
    A young nigga judge say “I’m bigger”
    Step up with that bitch I’ma greet u with this trigger
    Blastin all you hoes to let you know how it feels
    Fuck with the 5th ward psycho get your fuckin dome peeled Muthafucka Bring it on.

    $1,000 xxl bucks for whoever names the artist and what song they were featured in.

    • reppin nigeria

      easy…2low on bring it on
      geeto boys & rap-a-lot family

      pay up dog!

      Finesse, keep a Tech-9 in my dresser
      Lyrical professor, keep you under pressure
      Mind like a computer, the inserter
      Paragraphs of murder, the nightclub flirter
      This is (insert artist name here), kid, you know how it runs
      I’m waving automatic guns at nuns
      Sticking up the preachers in the church, I’m a stone crook
      Serial killer, who works by the phone book
      For you I got a lot to shoot my songs in here
      My rhymes are hotter than a prostitute with ghonnerea
      On the mic I let vocabulary spill

      now u name artist & track lol

  • Federal Ranga

    $1000 XXLs? Nigga, you a fool for that one… now we got our own currency? Shit, all we need now is a capitol and we can secede from America*… who’s with me?!!!


    * I’m just playing, America. You know I love you. – Eminem, “White America”

  • CrunchyBlack187

    Geto Boys Bring It On

    • El Tico Loco

      Ding ding ding muthafucka now for the bonus, a Chris Brown wifebeater and a Commission blunt wrap who’s spittin?

      • Jamal7Mile

        I’m gonna pretend that this shit will post and, for the 3rd time, say 2-Low on the Geto Boys “Bring It On”.

        • El Tico Loco

          Chris Brown wife beater and commission blunt wrap gettin shipped to the D.

  • Eljoy

    I see quiet a few Lil Malik aka Hershey Loc mentionings. Nice to see I wasn’t only one who dug that nigga back in the day.

    My favorite verse(s) from Lil Malik is off Warren G’s first album regulate called “What’s Next”

    Lil Malik: “Aww who’s next to catch wrecks on the menu?/ I snap necks when I flex let me continue…”

    One of the dopest come-offs ever!… for any age.

  • Ron Mexico

    no wayne verses? anyone ever hear a song called “tha blues”?

    i can’t think of a better youngster verse than the nas BBQ verse, but wayne been had classics.

    • Dub Sac

      You must have skipped over the Matt Herbz warning at the top of the comments, Ron.

    • nellz

      wayne definitely has some verses

  • John Cauner

    Chi-Ali was a youngster too dropping crazy rhymes.

  • Incilin

    What ever happened to Shyheim? Dude was type nice, and he had a hot song with Big L, plus he was rolling with Wu-Tang. What ever happened to him? I’d love to read a story on dude.

    • $ykotic

      He just dropped something new. Last year too. He’s got a qualm with Rae though.

      It’s out there.

    • Jamal7Mile

      What’s up Incilin?

      Here’s a paragraph I cc’d from YouTube. I was just listening to his catalog. My source is BVMUndergroundHipHop:

      Shyheim (born Shyheim Dionel Franklin on November 14, 1977, in Brooklyn, New York) is a rapper and actor. Already a skilled rapper in his younger years, he became the youngest Wu-Tang affiliate. He is also related to Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. He has released a total of four solo albums and is believed to be working in the studio on his fifth album with featured artist such as Mýa and Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s younger brother, and also production by The Heatmakerz and RZA. The album will include a documentary DVD on his life.

  • Mr. 306

    drake on unstoppable.

  • avon

    now i know alot of you might not have heard this song i am about to list you might not even be a fan of the artist but he was only sixteen going all the way in
    B.G. verse on niggaz in trouble featuring Mac on choppa city is classic

  • Tony Grand$

    Special Ed. Pick any verse off of “Youngest in Charge”.

    “I’m ya idol, the highest title, numero uno/im not a Puerto Rican but I’m speakin so that you know/& understand I got the gift of speech/ & its a blessing, so listen to the lesson I teach/i talk sense condensed into the form of a poem/full of knowledge from my toes to the top of my dome/im kinda young, but my tongues speaks maturity, I’m not a child I don’t need nothin for security/i get paid when the record is played, to put it short/i got it made” – “I Got It Made

  • chillin mayne

    some 13 year old cat called lil boo, dat was featured on a chamillionaire and rasaq freestyle at da end…its balla rap, but his verse was so SICK to me

    stick ya hand in my wallet, is lil boo broke?, no, / i bet u gone phil(feel) jacksons like da lakers head coach /
    i went to astroworld, dey wouldnt let me in the gate, / cuz da platnum in my mouth made da metal detectors shake /
    im eatin shrimps and steak
    when im old enough to date?,
    beyonce, kelly on my list, but michelle gone have to wait /
    to hell wit sprewells, im sittin on scot pippens / tell dem to stop travelin, the rims will not listen /
    hmmmm, the plot thickens, that last line was a lie / cuz im only 13 and i aint old enough to drive
    it aint no surprise dat koopa put me on da tape / cuz i been wreckin da hotline and demo tape since i was eight…

    he spit a few more bars afta dat, but dat rap was so clean to me…i aint sayin its da best by a minor, but da rap was dope to me!..

    • cramzy

      i remember that shit, he wrecked the hell out that beat and it was crazy because he had to follow a dope Chamillionaire verse. I miss the color changin click days. All them boys just fell the hell off


    @ Reppin Nigeria. Nas – Back to grill


    @ Reppin Nigeria. Nas – Back to the grill

  • charles

    cory gunz freestyle on da spot,
    “we position yer girl like a stool then we pool drop in her mouth”

  • nigel thomas

    a+ 1997′s Beasts from the east. Shorty was 14 when it came out nuff said!!!

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  • Beaver

    Those 1st lines is da shit..they just capture da listener…
    as soon as u hear those 1st couple lines..i couldn’t stop listenin..NAS killed it..

    “Street’s disciple, my raps are trifle
    I shoot slugs from my brain just like a rifle
    Stampede the stage, I leave the microphone split
    Play Mr. Tuffy while I’m on some Pretty Tone shit
    Verbal assassin, my architect pleases
    When I was twelve, I went to hell for snuffin Jesus
    Nasty Nas is a rebel to America
    Police murderer, I’m causin hysteria”

    god damn..NAS is fuckin dope as fuck..

    an i think BOMBS OVER BAGHDAD..was great..Andres 1st verse is da shit..

  • William

    half-a-mil…..”some niggas”…belly soundtrack

  • kthaprince

    new to this but when pac brought out kadafi from the outlawz he was the truth check him out on the first time yall heard of outlawz and lets not forget bone