Sometimes, a huge, heavy, intense rap song is just what you need. Whether you need an uplifting underdog story, or somebody yelling just to rile you up, these tracks will help you when you're pissed, need an ego boost, or just need to feel like a boss/baller/badass.
B.o.B.-"Fuck Em We Ball"
Listen If: You just lost a game and you need a reminder who's boss
Best Line: "Gentleman and a scholar. Let me just pop my collar"
B.o.B. rarely gets riled up, but when he does he can make some of the funkiest, most intense stuff out there (See "Beast Mode"). And the title kind of says it all.
Eminem-"'Till I Collapse"
Listen If: People are telling you to give up on your dreams
Best line: "Till I collapse I’m spilling these raps long as you feel 'em, Till the day that I drop you'll never say that I'm not killing them"
Eminem is no doubt one of the kings of pump-up rap. While "Lose Yourself" is the obvious choice and could get anyone ready to battle their worst fears, "Till I Collapse" speaks to levels of long-term bravery and inner strength that most rappers can't even fathom.
Birdman feat. Lil Wayne-"Pop Bottles"
Listen If: You just got a promotion
Best Line: "Oh I'm sorry sweetheart, I thought you was my other woman"
When Wayne was on top of his game, he was overflowing with swag. While Birdman's verse is mediocre, Wayne kills his and the beat is just asking for a ridiculous rap-along celebration on your way home from work.
Tech N9ne-"Worldwide Choppers"
Listen If: You're ready to assume a throne
Best Line: "Bow down, I was crowned when they found me"
Tech N9ne is a rapper like no other. His flow is extremely fast and technical, and his beats are complex, crowded, and intense. While dozens of his songs could fit on this list, "Worldwide Choppers" is the pinnacle of his style. Tons of guests and some the fastest spittin' out there makes this track a unique one in the rap world.
Listen If: You have to go to work. As a drug kingpin.
Best line: "Fascination with fortune afford me mansion and Porsches, Panamera abortions, marijuana imported"
First of all, Rick Ross is THE Boss. His latest album is called God Forgives, I Don't. Does it get better than that? I don't think so. "Pirates" has the biggest beat on the record and is filled with Ross's signature 'wough' and a huge horn section.
Big Boi-"General Patton"
Listen If: You're getting disrespect and need to show someone who's boss.
Best Line: "Fuckin' up the game like ice, heroin, or speed"
A haunting chorus and horn stabs make this a truly scary beat. Combined with Big Boi's dominating flow, this song is just explosive.
Angel Haze-"Werkin' Girls"
Listen If: You're trying to move up in the ranks
Best Line: "I'm on top of my green like a motherfucking tractor"
Dubbed by many as the next great female rapper, Angel Haze knows how to bring the heat. This track proves that she can rap crazy fast, and isn't afraid to speak her mind, no matter how ugly it gets in there.
Jay-Z-"Oh My God"
Listen If: This is your life
Best Line: "I'm feeling like the world's against me Lord. Call me crazy but strangely I love the odds"
This is one of my favorite beats of all time, crafted by Just Blaze and twisting an obscure Genya Ravan sample into a crowded, fast, fiery jam. Jay's voice just oozes gangster and when the two join forces, out comes one of Hov's best tracks.
Lil' Jon-"Stop Fuckin' Wit Me"
Listen If: You really need to murder someone
Best Line: "Bitch back the fuck up and let me smoke my weed"
This song could make anyone angry for absolutely no reason. Lil' Jon's ridiculous gravelly screams over a sampled Slayer riff make this song straight up terrifying. Honestly, if you're not angry, this might freak you out a bit.