#YoMTVRapsTBT: 10 Classic Freestyles from Biggie, Snoop Dogg, Fugees & More [FULL VIDEOS]


Nothing represents a stronger barometer of an emcee’s mental acuity, lyrical dexterity, and powers of imagination than the all-mighty, fresh off-the-top-of-the-dome freestyle. Granted, the legitimacy of this purest form of microphone improvisation can sometimes be tough to discern. With no reservations about pulling the wool over listeners’ eyes, some self-proclaimed freestylists simply resort to test-driving some new pre-penned lyrics or dusting off some mediocre cutting room floor rhymes from years past.

But when a true, unfettered freestyle comes to fruition, it’s a wonderful sound to behold. We recently celebrated the most famous freestyle session in Yo! MTV Raps history when we honored the 20th anniversary of the series’ final episode. And today, we revisit ten other shining examples courtesy of revered hip-hop wordsmiths Big Daddy Kane, Das EFX, the Fugees, Lord Finesse, the Notorious B.I.G., Ol’ Dirty Bastard, The Pharcyde, Redman, Snoop Dogg, and a special group freestyle from Mobb Deep, Nas & Raekwon.

Enjoy the impressive performances below, and stay tuned for additional Yo! MTV Raps throwback memories here on soulhead!

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