20 of the Best Freestyles of 2016 So Far
Freestyling is an art form that is one of the most beautiful things to witness in hip-hop. The act of spitting off the top is a skill rappers need to showcase when they're on a radio show, for their fans at a concert or just kicking it with friends. There's just something about watching your favorite rapper spit witty wordplay, analogies, double entendres and slip in a diss or two. When a rapper is in the zone, crushing one of the game's most popular beats, it should get any hip-hop fan excited.
Who can forget The Diplomats or Eminem ripping the mic during BET's iconic video mixshow, Rap City: Tha Basement? Or Royce Da 5'9, Mr Porter and Slim Shady on Tim Westwood? How about Jay Z freestyling over Kanye West's "Grammy Family" on Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex show? There was the iconic The Notorious B.I.G. and Nas freestyle where Method Man introduced both of them to the masses as well. The list can go on and on.
In 2016, there's been a bunch of freestyles that prove rappers young and old still got it. From rising Brooklyn star Young M.A to West Coast veteran The Game and more, here are the best freestyles of the year so far. And don't forget to check out every artist in the 2016 XXL Freshman class freestyling below.
Joey Bada$$Where: Sway in the Morning
Young M.AWhere: Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex Show
Mick JenkinsWhere: Sway in the Morning
Meek MillWhere: Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex Show
Tsu SurfWhere: Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex Show
Lil DickyWhere: Tim Westwood
The GameWhere: Power 106's The Cruz Show
Charlie ClipsWhere: Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex Show
Vic Mensa and Joey PurpWhere: Sway in the Morning
Pusha TWhere: Sway in the Morning
Tory LanezWhere: Sway in the Morning
Dave EastWhere: L.A. Leakers
Vince StaplesWhere: Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex Show
TokenWhere: Sway in the Morning
StroWhere: Statik Selektah's Shade 45 Show
Taylor BennettWhere: Sway in the Morning
A-F-R-OWhere: Statik Selektah's Shade 45 Show
Jay Electronica and MetasotaWhere: Minneapolis
Action Bronson and Meyhem LaurenWhere: DJ Whoo's Kid Shade 45 Show
Tyler, The CreatorWhere: OFWGKTA