05. Slam – Onyx (1993)
1993 was a strong year for the Top 10, as “Insane in the Brain” nestled next to “Slam” by Onyx on airwaves and MTV. The bombastic, brash style of the Queens group was a breath of fresh air to the genre; and “Slam” is their most pristine gem. Throw in some witty lyrics and the track became a draw to myriad fans, from hardcore rap enthusiasts to rock crossovers. The ultimate verse is quite possibly my favorite in all of hip-hop-land.
I’m a b-boy
Standin in my b-boy stance
Hurry up and give me the microphone before I bust in my pants
The mad author of anguish; my language, polluted,
Onyx is heavyweight (And still undisputed!)
He took the words right out my mouth and walked a mile in my shoes
I’ve paid so many dues, I feel used and abused
And I’m so confused
Umm, excuse me, for example
I’m the inspiration, of a whole generation
And unless you got 10 sticky fingers
Its straight immitation
A figment of your imagination
But but but but wait it gets worse!
I’m not watered down so I’m dyin of thirst
Comin thru with a scam, a foolproof plan
B-boys make some noise, and just, just slam!