3. "Nosetalgia," Pusha T
Hot line: " Quantum physics could never show you the world I was in/When I was ten, back when nine ounces had got you ten/And nine times out of ten/niggas don't pay attention/And when there's tension in the air, nines come with extensions"
Kendrick tiptoes that line between drug dealer and observer that rappers like Nas have spent whole careers tightroping. Here he does it best, detailing the ugly realities of crack addiction and then, ultimately, joining that same coke family lineage by selling his own brand of dope bars. Pusha holds his own, but Kendrick straight steals the show here.