By Tunde Adediran
Have you ever listened to a rap song and it’s intricately woven together, well delivered and tells a perfect story?If you haven’t, you can start with these storytelling rap songs that are worthy to be made into movies.
Rewind – Nas
What’s better than a storytelling rap song? Telling a story backwards. Produced by Large Professor, the sixth song off Illmatic is a story tellers delight. On the song, Nas takes two people on the chase on the way to kill someone. Who else can come up with lines like ‘bullets i had plenty to squeeze plenty for ya, cus Jungle said ‘block ya on enemy’s the’. Get it? The enemy’s on ya block.
Stan – Eminem
Arguably the most popular story telling song of all time. The song ranked No. 15 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. It was produced by DJ Mark the 45 King and it features Dido. The Oxford Dictionary defines Stan as: “An overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity”. Thats right, Stan is in the English dictionary because of Eminem. Eminem delivers his first 3 verses as Stan, a crazed fan who would do anything to meet him. The story end however ends tragically as Stan kills himself and his wife before this letter could get to Eminem.
I Got A Story to tell – Notorious B.I.G
The 12th song on Biggie’s Life After Death album and allegedly based on a true story. Biggie tells the story using dramatic monologue format. Biggie gathers his friends around and tells them the story of when he went to a New York Knicks players house to have sex with the players wife while he was away at a game. Only for the player to come back and catch them together. What happens next? Listen to the song.
Children’s Story – Slick Rick
Probably one of the most sampled songs in hip-hop. Slick Rick’s Children Story is No. 61 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop . The song reached number five on the Hot R&B Singles chart. Children’s Story revolves around Slick Rick reading a bedtime story to a kid, the story is about two kids who decide to start robbing people. One of the kids becomes addicted to robbing and can’t stop. One fateful day he’s caught by the police and shot dead Moral of the story: Don’t rob people.
Dance With The Devil – Immortal Technique
Allegedly based on a true story, Dance With the Devil tells the story of a teenager who had big dreams and wanted respect from those he considered “real thugs”, the story deals with corruption of one’s soul, and the consequences of greed. Dance With The Devil follows William who wanted to be the ‘illest hustler the world’ has ever seen but in order to do that he must earn his stripes. In the final induction ritual, William’s comrades bring a random stranger blindfolded and tied up and William has to beat and rape her, he does what he is supposed to only for him to find out that that the woman he raped is his mother.