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The 10 Greatest Lyricists in Hip-Hop

From the type of honest and revealing storytelling that some have mastered to the wit-centric, mind-bending lines that ooze with double entendres and third, fourth, and fifth meanings, the best hip-hop will forever be contingent on the power of its lyrics. Here, PopMatters takes a look at 10 of the best lyricists the rap form has to offer.

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Rakim

Jay-Z, now 37, claims “30 is the new 20.” Maybe. Or maybe he's just afraid that if he embraces his age, he'll be unfairly cast into the “old school” bin.

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