17 Intelligent 🤓 Rap Songs 🎧 to Have You Dropping Beats 🎤 and Deep Thoughts 💭 ...

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If you know me, you know I love rap and hip hop – really smart, intelligent rap, especially.

That's not the only kind I like, but it's my favorite because I think smart, truly on point and poetic rap can send a great message.

These are the songs that make me think – and yeah, there'll probably be a lot of Eminem on here, just to let you know.

Some of them are lyrically clever and some of them come with a deep message.

Share your favorite songs, too!

1. “Lose Yourself” – Eminem

Of course I'm starting with my boy!

“Lose Yourself” is smart for its message, its rhyme structure, and its perspective.

Marshall knows how to twist a word like nobody's business and he knows how to bring gritty realism that you wouldn't guess from all his popular, funny radio edits.

2. “Moment of Clarity” – Jay-Z

Jay-Z is absolutely a smart rapper and a smart writer.2

The way he channels his ideas is often brilliant, and he really does have this clarity that almost lets him see the future.

3. “N.Y. State of Mind” – Nas

Nas channels Homer in this beat.

It's both lyrically clever and just smart, plus it's emotionally deep.

Triple threat!

4. “Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is brilliant.

I love him for the same reason I love Eminem: the poetry in his lyrics.2

He also knows how to bring a message and how to uplift with his music.

I mean, listen to these lyrics.

5. “Superstar” – Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco may be one of the most intelligent voices in rap.

He's got a ton of songs that will make you think, but this one's my absolute favorite.

6. “Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Say what you will about Macklemore, but he tries, kind of.

This song's special to me, though, for obvious reasons.

“Alibi” – Dessa
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