Special Delivery: 11 Unique Hip Hop Flows

In a sea of styles, flows, regional influences and cultures, these 11 stand out for their individuality, creativity and uniquely divergent deliveries.

Uniqueness is a strange metric. It’s highly subjective, making it prone to hyperbole and bias. Plus, in this omnivorous Internet environment, what’s strange to you is simply someone’s cultural identity (not sub-culture, not niche). But, with New York no longer the center point around which Hip Hop turns, an explosion of styles once considered “regional” are filling the empty space and we can celebrate those artists whose unique deliveries (aided by the motley cultural identities they’ve soaked up) have given Rap its character. 

But what the hell is delivery? Well, we’re defining delivery/flow as how you say words and as how you string them together within and throughout a beat. So Tupac has an aggressive delivery and an elongated flow; Jay Z puts it this way, “Here’s a melody, ‘Duh, duh, duh, dud, da, duh-duh,’” Jay-Z explained on a 2002 episode of 60 Minutes. “Me, I’ll rhyme like, ‘La, la, da, da, da, dah-dah.’ So, I’m so in sync with the beat, that when the music’s going, I’m doing [the same thing] with words though.” 

And that’s what’s so great about Rap as an art form. Jay-Z’s calculated, pellucid rhyme schemes stand in grand contrast to the atomized stories of Nas, which, themselves, are leagues away from the varied intuition of a Pimp C. So below, we present a list of 11 emcees who all have very unique deliveries for a variety of reasons, whether it be influenced by dialect or just personal creative tenor, and even though nothing is new under the sun, we can still stand around and appreciate the bars. This is not a ranked list, but feel free to argue amongst yourselves as far as who employs the most unique delivery.

André 3000 

Sample Verse - “Elvators (Me &U)”: “And I replied that I had been going through the same things that he had / True I’ve got more fans than the average man, but not enough loot to last me / To the end of the week, I live by the beat, like you live check-to-check / If you don’t move your feet then I don't eat, so we like neck-to-neck…”

“We started playing and I was messing around, so those vocals that you hear on the end—I was actually in the control room on the microphone,” André 3000 told Sam Hockley-Smith in a 2012 Fader interview regarding the song “DoYaThing.” “I wasn’t even in the vocal booth. I was running around the studio and I was sweating and running and we were playing.” There aren’t many rappers that would refer to anything that they do as “playing,” but it’s that playfulness that separates Dre and Big Boi from their competition. André 3000 & Co. laced their albums with the musical conversations of their metropolis: Southern slang, Funk, Soul, and the Blues.

As one of the masters of rhyme, 3-Stacks is not only multisyllabic and ferocious on any given verse, but he’s also brutally honest, hilarious, experimental and precocious. He goads the listener into thinking he’s going somewhere and then goes somewhere else entirely. He weaves into, out of, around and through beats, sometimes hitting on the down note and sometimes manipulating his cadence, speed and tenor to influence the beat itself. On “Return Of The G,” he weaves what is essentially a hook with “Return of the gansta, thanks-ta…” with a scathing critique of the people wanting to put OutKast in the proverbial “gangster” box off their Southernplayalisticadillacmuzic successes. While on T.I’s “Sorry,” he takes the name of the song literally to say, “And this the type of shit that make you call your Rap partna and say I’m sorry I’m awkward, my fault for fuckin’ up the tours.” But it was his initial double time rapping divided by one-tic pauses that set up the slow down he knew was coming. And, unlike some, nothing feels rushed or forced with 3000. And never one to shy away from conflict he ends his verse with, “There’s this quarry, that is dug so deep in a father’s chest / When he feel that he’s broken up his nest / And he figured, shit, he was just doing the best that he could / Which end up being the worst that he could / And all some pussy nigga on the Internet can say is that verse ain’t good / It’s boring… It’s boring?” Immediately something hot bubbles up in your chest as you realize these people are buying houses off Rap money, and then it hits you: you’re the one that’s boring.  


Sample Verse - “Dusted N Disgusted”: “I’m heated, them niggas cheated, played me false / We had a meeting, shit ’posed to been squashed / I noticed one killa that’ll double dribble and set ‘em up y’all / She likes the Monie in the Middle, play tetherball / Thick ass bitch, high yellow city-slicker / Scarecrow crevice somethin’ vicious, aka posie pussy fictitious…”

On “Dusted N Disguted,” E-40 also turns out to be Mr. Versatile. Fonzarelli, is known for his variation within his own rhyme schemes, looping his breaths to create sounds that buoy his lyrics. Not only that, but he’s probably the only rapper that can make entire verses longer through breathing and delivery, doubling four bars into eight, or eight into 16 with seemingly no regard for the beat. But Charlie Hustle is like a Jazz musician experimenting with double or quadrupled notes, and a lot of times it feels like his improvisations lead to brand new forms of language like “fo shizzle,” for example. As 40 Water pointed out in a December, 2013 interview with HipHopDX, it’s a mixture of innovation and implementation.

“As time go by, you think, ‘These dudes…’” 40 explained. “They’ll take any of your words and turn ‘em into some songs and claim it, but that ain’t really why I did it… I just week wigglin’, and I move on.”  Whatever the case, it creates such a distinctive flow that he’s unmistakable whenever he sets anything down on wax.  

Tech N9ne

Sample Verse - “Midwest Choppers”: “Gotta give it up, I’m a veteran like Edison / I’mma light ‘em up and get in your head again / I’m better than ever, never let ‘em feather a debt they be fetishin’ / Sever it hit the mic and then we peddlin’ medicine / I’m a chopper, chopper, chopper!”

Tech N9ne’s register is a gruff alto, and although many people refer to his style as they would that Chi-town triple time flow or the Bone Thugs melodic multiples, Tecca Nina distinguishes himself by his clarity. Based on what he told DX in a June 2011 interview, it’s one area of personal pride.

“It’s not because I’m rapping fast or whatever, but really making sense and putting lyrics together as mathematics,” Tech noted. Facts. But he also brings an element of the strange to his delivery, inundating his styles with a series of howls, screams, and yelps. “Midwest Choppers 2,” from Tech’s Sickology 101, is a signature example of his unique vocal range. He opens up his verse here creepily singing: “I am the definition of the murder…The 9 is now coming to serve ya…” But afterwards, he immediately takes aim at the object of his aggression: “Gimme the mic and I bet that you duck / It’s what you better do when I’m busting / I be flipping, I’m incredible, never get on my level.” The US is often seen as 50 little countries in one, and no better is that illustrated than in Hip Hop where you’re constantly winding down on the microscope; Missouri to Kansas City to 57th Street to Tech N9ne. This also serves to magnify the Midwest’s contribution to the Rap aural lansdscape. In short, there’s nothing “fly over” about Tech N9ne’s flows, or the independent success of Strange music.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Sample Verse - “Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’”: “Sure enough when I rock that stuff / Huff puff, I’m gonna catch your bluff tuff / Rough, kicking rhymes like Jim Kelly / Or Alex Haley I’m a Mi... Beetle Bailey rhymes / Coming raw, style hardcore / Niggas be coming to the Hip Hop store / Coming to buy grocery from me.”

ODB seems to have built a complete and consistent musical style out of absolutely nothing, and then left it to the rest of the world to figure out what it meant. That’s where NYC comes in: a huge city of millions forces you to be truly different in order to stand out, just like ODB did.

The syllables and words ODB chose were whatever ones proved to be the most immediate and natural to him to express his meaning at that exact point of time. He worked this way even if it meant that sometimes it seemed like ODB himself couldn’t possibly be sure of what the meaning was in certain lyrics, and that the right syllables and words could completely change from one line to the next. 

Ason Jones’ flows and cadences, unlike most others, were made by fitting the music to his words, and not his words to the music. This seems to be the only possible explanation for his flow when he bursts into sudden song on “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’,” or for his inaudible mumbling during the same verse. This dizzying change in his flow’s direction, rather than being marked by calculated oddity bespeaks an unpredictable erraticism that has never quite been replicated on the mic. There truly was no father to his style.


Sample Verse - “Slow Jamz”: “You ain’t know Twista can work it like The Whispers / Hit the stop light, groovin’ to some Isleys / The rims still moving so I bump a little Spinners / While I’m smoking on a B, dipping through the streets / Bumping R&B, and I got the heat rolling 23s / And I do it / With my Earth in the wind smokin’ fire / Let me get your sheets wet listening to Keith Sweat / Put you in a daze with Maze / Fulfilling our every temptation, slow-jamming, having deep sex / You Ready for the World, girl?”

As an emcee, Twista has to be very careful in the syllables he chooses in order to be able to get out his rapid flows in an easily understandable way. As Twista detailed when talking to ThisIs50's Jack Thriller in a 2009 interview, experimentation is the key.

“Really, I was trying different styles and coming with different flows… I just felt it was time for a change with what I was doing,” claimed the Chi-town emcee. While he pumped out raps at a Guiness Book of World Records rate of 11.2 syllables per second in his younger days, his flows remain decipherable. You can chalk that up to the melodic nature of his syntax. Need proof? His two highest charting records were both Soul samples marshalled by Kanye West. That would be “Slow Jamz” and “Overnight Celebrity,” as both songs melodies allow his rapid fire cadence to find its sweet spot in between the notes. These are far different from the intertwined and melding vowel sounds of someone like MF DOOM. The two styles could not be more different. This is a great reason why the style of someone like Twista is called a “chopper” style: it sounds similar to the rat-tat-tat of the gun for which it’s named. It results in an aggressive style that fits right in with the Soul, Funk and House the Chi is notorious for.


Sample Verse - “Cash Money Is An Army”: “I’m tired of these stanky hoes smilin’ in my grill, shit just too real / And I’m in a battlefield, tryin’ to get my mills / It ain’t no secret I got skills to pay the bills / I’m climbing up the fuckin’ hill / Cash Money highly respected without a major deal / I’m still that Chopper City nigga that like to chill / Your head still a banana, if you slip it will get peeled.”

The influence of New Orleans Bounce permeates B.G.’s flow, as his style is often an equal mix of traditional Rap delivery techniques and a melodic half-sung flow. B.G.’s flow featured some of the sing-song melody commonly associated with Twista, Bone and Hypnotize Minds, but he was also adept sprinkling in bars of raw prose that came in fits and stops. The intermittent switching between half-sung Bounce cadences and Uptown rhymes was sometimes so random, even B.G.’s longtime producer Mannie Fresh didn’t always know what to expect.

“From him doing the hook, I already knew how it had to sound,” Mannie Fresh told XXL.com in an April, 2014 interview. “It got to have some kind of cool melodic sound to it that's just going to make you bop your head. [B.G.] has this flow about him that was kind of slur-ish, but I’m like, ‘You got to understand everything that he says.’” 

Fans understood, as B.G.’s Chopper City In The Ghetto was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA, and soon enough Jay Z was co-opting B.G’s signature pose on “Takeover.” 


Sample Verse - “Vomitspit”: “Snooze, all hell loose / Rake it / Take it like the good, the bad, the ugly / Break it, rollin’ through ya hood in the caddy buggy…”

Every MF DOOM song is a quintessential MF DOOM song. That’s because, Rap-wise, he largely comes to you with only one flavor, albeit a tasty one: a monotone delivery of cryptic images and phrases. With this possibly boring approach, MF DOOM injects lively life into his style by using any and all kinds of syllables in very unexpected combinations. The constantly changing vowel sounds that he uses—here a diphthong, there a consonant cluster—are emphasized and so come across as the music itself, and sets his Rap apart from that of any other rapper when the words seem to make little sense beyond them. He’s able to do this in a way that other emcees can’t because to a great extent DOOM has placed obvious poetic meaning in the backseat, behind his rhymes and musical effects.

This results in an approach that positions itself far from Hip Hop’s original genesis as an art form that took hold because of its reliance and belief in the incisive, explosive effect of the perfectly chosen and spoken word. It’s no accident then that MF DOOM is English by birth, even though he eventually moved to New York. Perhaps it took someone other than a Yankee to force rap to explore what it had previously taken for granted.


Sample Verse - “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted”: “They tell me not to roll with my Glock, so now I got a throwaway / Floating in the black Benz, trying to do a show a day / They wonder how I live with five shots / Niggas is hard to kill on my block / Schemes for currency and dough related / Affiliated with the hustlers, so we made it / No answers to questions, I'm trying to get up on it / My nigga Dogg with me, eternally the most wanted…”

There’s an understandable amount of intrigue surrounding the origins of Tupac Shakur’s elongated rhyme cadence. It’s the one staple of his delivery often imitated by the likes of Master P, Krazy, Ja Rule and others but never quite duplicated. The note bending is evident on a track like “Dear Mama,” where ‘Pac rhymes, “Even though you was a crack fiend mama / You always was a black queen mama,” with the emphasis on the words “fiend” and “queen.” But even when Shakur switched subject matter and employed more similes and metaphors, he found a way to adapt his signature style to more uptempo tracks.

“Two years ago, a friend of mine / Told me Alize and Cristal blows your mind,” ‘Pac rhymed on “Got My Mind Made Up.” The elongation of the vowels was clipped, allowing for a cadence with additional syllables. While there was much attention paid to the region Tupac claimed—he was born in Harlem, New York but also logged time in Baltimore, Maryland and Marin County, California—it should be noted just how malleable his delivery was. Whether ‘Pac was rhyming over production from Easy Mo Bee, Dr. Dre or Johnny J, he got his point across while appealing to listeners across the globe. 

Krayzie Bone

Sample Verse - “Foe Tha Love of $”: “You give up the cash, or that was your ass / ‘Cause me and me nigga was hungry / And bitch, if you stallin’, you might just catch one to the temple / And um, Bone raw doggin’, so nigga just make this shit simple and run / To catch one nigga, me fill ‘em with bullets and dump ‘em in rivers / Remember, me killa now…”

The relationship between singing and rapping is a close one: when is Rap a melody, and when is Rap poetry? It is almost always both, but some in the Rap genre lean one way, like your Nate Doggs or your T-Pains, and others lean towards a more straightforward delivery, like MF DOOM. Early in their career, mentor and Ruthless Records founder Eazy-E issued the members of Bone thugs-n-harmony an edict.

“[Eazy-E] said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t focus on all the rapping. Sing that,’” Bizzy Bone revealed to Frank The Butcher in a January, 2014 Karmaloop interview. “And we was like, ‘C’mon you know we like 16 bars…12 bars,’ and he told us, ‘Nah. Sing that…harmonize that. Do that.’ And that was kind of like his thing with us to not be afraid to let people hear our vocals and our voices.”

Krayzie Bone himself brings that singing/rapping relationship to the forefront on “Heated Heavy.” In order to really hear the harmony and vocals that Krayzie mentions, a listener should pay attention to how his voice goes up and down in pitch. For example, Krayzie starts out the verse with a lot of tension in a higher voice: “Hell yeah, stackin’ my artillery shop / To the enemy we fuck up the cops.” By the end of the verse, his voice has been brought back down to a more relaxed level in order signal the end of his opening four bars: “And get the fuck away and don’t get caught / You better hurry nigga.” This kind of careful planning that extends not just over one or two bars but the entire verse is a mark of Krayzie Bone’s rap, something that could come only with a career long in the game.

Lord Infamous  

Sample Verse - “Break The Law 2001”: “I know this nigga who got punked out after every class / He was a bitch in school and now he tote a gun and badge / Put on a uniform and now he think he superbad / Man fuck your vest, you still get laid to rest under the grass / I do not give a fuck because you are a officer / I put you in your coffin sir, you fuckin’ wit a slaughterer…”

Despite the fact Migos took offense to 2 Chainz tracing the origins of Quavo’s cadence from the 2013 song “Versace,” Chainz was on point when he rhymed, “This flow come from Drizzy, he got it from Migos, they got it from Three-6…” Simply put, what most people currently refer to as the “Migos Flow,” or rapping in triplets may not have been created by the Memphis collective Hypnotize Minds, but they certainly put it on the proverbial map. The late Three-6 Mafia member Lord Infamous was known for the combination of his gravely voice, macabre subject matter and distinct Memphis, Tennessee drawl. But arguably his most notable attribute on the mic was an emphasis on the last three syllables of his couplets. 


As fellow Three 6 alum Gangsta Boo noted via Twitter, Infamous and Kingpin Skinny Pimp likely made use of a somewhat simplified and modified version of a poetic tercet before any of the Migos members were born. As with most trends, sometimes the pioneers are forgotten with the passage of time. But with “Trap Back,” 2 Chainz made sure the man in possession of one of Hip Hop’s most distinct deliveries got his posthumous due.

Nicki Minaj

Sample Verse - “Monster”: “Forget Barbie, fuck Nicki cause she’s fake / She’s on a diet but her pockets eating cheesecake / And I’ll say bride of Chucky is child’s play / Just killed another career, it’s a mild day / Besides ‘Ye, they can’t stands besides me / I think me, you and Am should ménage Friday…”

Nicki Minaj has been walking the Hip Hop/Pop tightrope since her debut and follow-up albums Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded featured songs like “Super Bass” and “Starships,” but what gets overlooked is Nicki might be the second fastest crossover star in Hip Hop history with a right to claim the space. There’s the Pitbull’s of the world who’ve moved from making traditional Hip Hop onto greener Pop pastures, but Nicki’s bars are nothing to ever sneeze at. You may be able to tell when she’s rhyming for a different audience, but any rapper who has once rhymed, “Pink whip, thick ass, give em’ whiplash” and can then get little girls to dance to one of their hits on Ellen has figured out something others are still trying to. 

When the black Barbie is rapping (like we want her to rap, of course), she is charismatic and precise, and, you know, she’s back to rapping. On Young Thug’s breakout hit “Danny Glover,” she spits New York nostalgia wherein she throws bar over bar on top of each other like some teetering Jenga set. There’s more. On “Lookin’ Ass Nigga” she comes for people’s senses once again, pinpointing a cadence that seems to flow in both directions. But it’s her alter-egos that make her stand out. On “Monster,” she raps as both Nicki Minaj who’s soft voiced style is conversational and Roman, her aggressive moniker that growls in a grizzly pitch. So, multiple personas each with it’s own specific set of flows? We’d say that makes for a unique delivery. 


Additional contributions by Martin Connor. Martin Connor is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native who has contributed his own unique brand of incisive rap music analysis to both academic institutions, including Eastern Kentucky University, as well as a variety of blogs, such HipHopDX, RapGenius, and his own website, www.RapAnalysis.com. You can Google 'Rapper's Flow Encyclopedia' for more of his work, or follow him on Twitter @ComposersCorner.



  • Keenan Cunnin

    **ALERT** I have been a frequent visitor of HipHopDX for years now, but I am close to cutting ya'll off for good. I remember when the site was less cluttered with ads, bullshit rap gossip, and overall wackness. Unfortunately, as many hip hop entities before you (a la The Source), corporate interests will inevitably destroy you as anyone with a genuine love for hip hop can see you are catering to business rather than music. This has been the life/death cycle of hip hop. But let me clue ya'll in on a little secret/truth I've learned from years of seeing Hip Hop evolve...Good, pure, original, unique, thought-provoking, passionate, timeless Hip Hop is ALWAYS present, but you better believe you will not find it anywhere where PROFIT is the priority. My Advice: Keep filling the site with assaults of ads from powerful rap conglomerates (ex. 10 FAVORABLE articles about Jay Z when his album is about to drop...mmmm, that's a coincidence), but DO NOT EVER, EVER...EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER... make a fucking list like the one on this page without having some REAL hip hop fans look that shit over first. Don't get me wrong, the concept behind this list is admirable, and I was very excited to read it when I saw the title as I have always been intrigued by MCs whose rhyming techniques are original, different...UNIQUE. But to have overlooked, ommited, and straight ignored the following names from your list is a major violation: 1) ANYONE FROM FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP. Come on son! This was a perfect opportunity for ya'll to give credit to some truly unique MCs...ya'll could have even cited Chance the Rapper (he'll bring you ad money) as being a huge fan of theirs as I have heard him cite them as some of his favorites on multiple occasions. CONNECT THE DOTS!! 2) Kool Keith. The definition of unique. Shame on you for that. 3) Sadat X. Dude mastered the ability to NOT RHYME alot of times and still be dope 4) Danny Brown/Zeelooperz. Even being from Detroit it took me a while to acquire a taste for Danny Brown as his style was so...Fuck it, I don't want to be too redundant. 5) ANYONE FROM HIEROGLYPHICS!!!! Del tha Funkee Homosapien? Any member of Souls of Mischief? 6) Keak Da Sneak. E-40 works, but ya'll could have spotlighted someone who could use the exposure while referencing E-40 for good measure. CONNECT THE DOTS!! 7) Aesop Rock 8) Zeroh. Haven't heard of him yet? That's because sites like HipHopDX aren't truly giving credit to people where credit is DUE. Hence, hip hop not reaching it's fullest potential. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68td4Tx7zIc 9) Slum Village. Always slept on because their style is so unique motherfuckers couldn't feel it. Real heads can though. 10) Lil B. Hold on...the list is about unique right? Right. "Its highly subjective, making it prone to hyperbole and bias." Funny, cause I agree with this statement. But at least make your "highly subjective...hyperbole..bias" make some fucking sense. Otherwise, you come of looking real dumb, you wack motherfuckers! Okay, calling you 'wack motherfuckers" is harsh, I know. Actually, I apologize. I admit that I have encountered as much good stuff as I have bad on this site...but, this was one of those times I encountered something beyond bad; something truly misguided. As one of the greats said..."you better check yo' self befo' you..."

  • Theshape

    How did Kool Keith not make it on this list. What the fuck is wrong with yall niggaz

  • A

    I just can't listen to rap anymore. I quit. Good riddance. YG was the only one that made me listen to it again.

  • Anonymous

    wheres my dude pharoahe monche or crooked I...2 of the best flows and most definitely uynique

  • ReelWrold

    DOOM, Danny Brown, el-P, and Aesop Rock are what I consider unique. I think most artists on this list either innovated or borrowed their rhyme style from someone else.

  • harE

    This is the problem when you use writers who haven't done all their history... People are correctly pointing out there needs to at LEAST be people like Rakim, G Rap, BDK, KRS, Chuck D, Slick Rick, etc But you can take it further back than that, what about Melle Mel? Probably the most distinct delivery in hip-hop and so many people learned from him and copied his delivery style.

  • Sasha

    This list is hillarious. Ok...u got MF Doom and I love the dude but his flow is frikkin lazy as hell, the rhymes are the real deal. But then, u got Nicki Minaj on the list, u got E40 (who's a cool dude but actually just talking on every beat, like Bizarre) but u HAVEN't got RA The Rugged Man, u HAVEN't got Rakim, u HAVEN't got Busta Rhymes and most of all WHY in THE HELL THERE ISN'T NO TWISTED INSANE and NO BIG DADDY KANE??? BDK started the rap flow shit that Twista, Tech and others evolved into chopper, listen to "Groove With It" and see what i mean...He did it on his smoothest ballads and sounded fresh as fuck.... I dunno who did this yo, but he gots to re-listen his hip-hop from A to Z and then write articles about technique and shit...Not complaining because i don't like the list, i'm complaining bcs u deserve it.

    • A

      it's hard for an outsider to learn about this negro art if u werent raised in it. dont blame him for filling the list with garbage top 40s rappers

  • Bruno

    Lord Infamous flows is like Juicy J, LMAO

  • Anonymous

    You see the face of Ebah on Tech Nina Evil Brain Angel Heart I remain in the dark and anointed With holy they console me when they know we saying Got a hold of me, why they let go of me? I'm double jointed I'm wicked and I represent the sickness All you fraudulents feeling I'm falling offending the father I place you in the deepest darkest part of abyss Nobody but you without any food and no aqua I blackened the sun on you bitches Sack in the dungeons and ditches Yapping is one of your glitches Halt it ^this right here. the flow. the words. It felt like god was flowing through me. I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes when I heard this!!

  • Anonymous

    definitely missed Pharoahe, Mystikal, Snoop, Em, and others. However it doesn't say "TOP" 11 flows, just 11. They'd be more interesting to discuss than Nicki though.

  • Dat Cracka

    Wasnt Crime Mob earlier than three 6 with that triplet flow? The whole group did it thru almost every track

    • llk

      People been doing it way before all these guys mentioned... Dismasters "Small Time Hustler" did the technique in 1987.

  • Tech N92ne

    Tech N9ne-Victory is dope.

  • ThisIsLotus

    Where's Jokerr, yo?

  • brandon

    Tech n9ne this ring I think describes him best

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  • B253

    No Freeway? C'mon, man!

  • LOL


    • Vu

      Yeah, thats ridiculous. Big-L and Rakim were innovators of the flows which most of those so-called rappers use. Just because a load of people copied them, doesnt make their flow not unique. If a rapper comes and copies any of these 11 artists flow, then they aren't unique either, eh? To add to the list: Percee P - (see YT videos: Mastered Craftsman, Raw Heat) - used to roll with Eminem before he crossed over R.A. the Rugged Man - "machine gun flow" Masta Ace - influenced 90% of Eminems style - he flows relatively simple, but still unique U.G. (from Cella Dwellas) - his flow weaves perfectly all the time

    • LOL

      Big L got the best flow eva dude. Just listen to his unreleased tracks. Listen to remixes and then u will see

    • Dat Cracka

      U think Big L or Rakim got unique FLOWS? I think they got pretty standard NYC flows. Kool G Rap, hmm maybe he fits the list with that Ill Street Blues but many MCs before him used that flow. This aint a "best lyrical content list", its just about the flow.

  • AT-AT

    Y'all some complaining ass niggas. The list is pretty solid

  • The Kraken

    -Scaramanga Shallah / Sir Menelik / Cyclops 4000 -Kool Keith -Kool G Rap -Pharoahe Monch -Big Pun -Kool Keith

  • DXstaff sucks

    This site has no knowledge about hiphop! What about - Biggie, - Big L - Nas -Kool G Rap - Big Pun Fuck off with your overrated 2pac

  • Trae

    Nothing against your list but come on Martin Connor your from Philly and you don't have Freeway on here?! That was one of thee main people I expected to be on this list, but it's cool I guess. That is all

  • Annoyamous

    "Uniqueness is a strange metric" Stop right there with that bullshit. Metrics are for things that can measurable and uniqueness is not one. Don't try to get all pseudo scientific on us dummies.... Like all these other motherfuckers saying.... No Kool Keith? No Monch? No Rakim? And worst yet you motherfuckers don't even mention west coast pioneers from the Good Life.... Those heads came before Bone. Don't even get me started. You some bitches!!!

  • Anonymous

    DX staff can suck a dick hahaha

  • Anonymous

    we need snoop and kool keith in this bitch.

  • Anonymous

    Wtf is this? Who wrote this bullshyt??? Smh Here are some flows that changed the game and were original before people started biting. E-40 Eminem Twista (fast and clear delivery) Bone Thugs N Harmony (fast but harmonizing as if they were singing) Jay-Z's Blueprint flow (around the ROC Dynasty era) Mystikal Busta Rhymes 2Pac Snoop Doggy Dogg (around the Chronic and Doggy Style era) Rakim Notorious BIG Kendrick Lamar THERE ARE MORE, BUT THESE ARE SOME OF THE FIRST ONES THAT COMED TO MY MIND. THESE ARE THE ONES THAT WHEN THEY CAME OUT WITH THEIR STYLE, IT WAS ORIGINAL AND NO ONE WAS DOING IT AT THE TIME AND THEY WERE TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE WAS USED TO HEARING AT THAT TIME!

    • Emin Demircan

      Kendrick Lamar? Hahahaha Loooll. Tech N9ne is the beast! What the hell r u talkin?

    • Dat Cracka

      E-40 - fuck yes Eminem - fuck yes Twista (fast and clear delivery) - fuck yes Bone Thugs N Harmony (fast but harmonizing as if they were singing) - fuck yes Jay-Z's Blueprint flow (around the ROC Dynasty era) - hmm Mystikal - fuck yes Busta Rhymes - fuck yes 2Pac - hmm Snoop Doggy Dogg (around the Chronic and Doggy Style era) - fuck yes Rakim - no originality with the flow, its just solid. Nothing special. Notorious BIG - Nothing special Kendrick Lamar - hahahah FLOW fuck boy FLOWWWWWWWWW

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    • Anonymous

      co-sign Dont forget that teenagers write these articles on DX who have no hiphop kwowledge.

  • Anonymous

    This Article is shit

  • brandon

    Lord Infamous? BG? GTFOH!

    • Dat Cracka

      Lord Infamous because that triplet flow kinda changed the rap game and BGs flow has been widely bited too. Who you wanna see on the list?

  • Anonymous

    no ghostface? smh

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    Wow, the following ppl should have made the list or gotten consideration; Rakim Pharaohe Monch Kool G Rap Guru Kool Keith Breeze Brewin T La Rock Del I can't believe you put Nicki Minaj, she's the residuals of previous emcees and barely doing anything that hasn't been done before. Maybe as far as female emcees... BG's flow was more of a result of his upbringing, I think you could have pulled 10 random dudes from the Nolia and got something similar. 3 Stacks is revered but it's how it puts it together, phrasing and cleverness that stands out more than his original flow, no real beef there though. Too many double-time rappers on this list, rapping fast shouldn't have 3 entries! Krayzie Bone, Twista and Tech N9ne all do similar shyt, I would say Twista's is the most impressive, but they all go hard.

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    • Anonymous

      I cant see whats so special with Rakims flow? Its a standard delivery wich every rapper in the game have used sometimes. And Guru? You fucking kidding me? He got no flow at all. I'd rather see Lil Wayne on the list.

    • Steve

      Tech & Krayzie have such a large array of flows and styles compared to twista who literally only has fast and slow.

  • CrackaKeela

    Cee-Lo Green...the rapper...not the pop guy

  • Wack

    No Pharoahe Monch? ahahahahaha, wow

  • Trill Bboi

    Off top Rakim changed flows forever....Run...of Run DMC...Treach....Del and Heiro...Ice Cube...Scarface...Freestyle Fellowship...Pimp C...Kanye Unique means your flow was so different people bit that style..

    • Anonymous

      Pimp C and Kanye, yes. The rest got standard flows, solid but nothing special. You wanna see Masta Killa on the list too?

  • Chief Keef Fan

    man fuck this long as post, ain't nobody got time for dat ! i dont even understand any of this shit and its way too long, fuckin triplets and phonetics and bullshit man fuck all this shit

  • Alandre

    Definitely some names left off of this list. Chance the Rapper, Kilo Kish, Azealia Banks, Junglepussy, too many to name.

  • Anonymous

    Where is Monch or KRS? The list isn't bad, but there are plenty of others that could have made the list.

  • Ruvunja

    No Ghostface Killah?? For real???

  • Enlightened

    LORD INFAMOUS!! One of the most underrated MC's of all time. R.I.P. People who are not really up on Lord should go back and listen. He was way ahead of his time. The dude was incredible. The drugs slowed him down some later. Sad to see him gone.

    • Enlightened

      I would agree calling B.G. a stretch if you only heard him AFTER Cash Money got the Universal deal. But before that? Sheeeeeiiiiiiit. If we talking about the Chopper City (not Chopper City in the Ghetto) and It's All On U Volume 1 and 2 B.G. Ridiculous! He used to take you through a thang with voice and delivery alone and he had the lyrics to go with it. Go listen to "Silent B.G." "Uptown Thang" "Clean Up Man" "I Be Thinking" and "Wheelchairs" to name a few. That boy was ridiculous before the age of 18, sounding like a grown ass man.

  • San Diego Negro

    I thought Kool Keith would have made the list too. But overall a VERY dope list. Was surprised at seeing E-40, Lord Infamous, BG and MF DOOM on there. I rock with all of them and I don't usually think that most dudes have that broad of a spectrum when it comes to their music. The author has a good ear. Just wish the videos would have matched the lyrics that y'all chose to post.

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  • Jared

    No Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, or Biggie Smalls? I agree with half the list, but it is a pretty terrible list. Once again HipHopDX staff prove they suck.

    • AK

      Eminem isn't known for a "set" flow, or even multiple set flows. The dude has a new flow in every single song, so he's in a different discussion as far as uniqueness goes. K Dot completely ripped his flow off from Outkast, it's nearly impossible to not be able to make that distinction. Other than that, I will say Biggie is definitely a contender on this list, if not an honorable mention

  • DG

    Good article. I scrolled down through saying "This dude better have Lord Infamous on here" Cool thing about Infamous is he had like 4 different distinct flows throughout his career.

  • khordkutta

    Overall good article, yeah your favorite emcee may not be on here, but who gives a damn. Good job @ pointing out and defining some of the phonetics. Alotta listeners dont realize just how next level some of these emcess are when using the written word.

  • whut name?

    no kool keith?? this site is garbage..