A true MC's weight is measured by his or her lyrical acumen, and the candidates for Verse of the Year during MTV2's "2010 Sucker Free Summit" are among the best wordsmiths in the game.
The nominee list is made up of veterans Eminem ("Forever") and Lil Wayne ("Roger That"); former "Hottest MC" title-holders such as Kanye West ("Run This Town"); ruling rap star Rick Ross ("Angels (Remix)"); and new jacks Drake ("Forever") and Nicki Minaj ("My Chick Bad").
But every great verse, no matter how different in style, shares similar traits, according to UGK legend Bun B, who's featured this year as a "Sucker Free Summit" panelist. The veteran Texas rap star is no stranger to top-shelf verses, from the gems he's crafted himself to the one he got to hear first riding shotgun on songs with Jay-Z. Here, he breaks down the science behind what makes a 16-bar recitation Verse of the Year-worthy.
"To me, when you gonna put a hot verse together, you gotta make sure you have good content, you got to really be talking about something," Bun told MTV News.
"You got to have metaphors, which [means] you can create pictures for someone if they don't understand what you're talking about, specifically; that you can relate it to something else so maybe they understand," he explained. "You got to have confidence, feeling like you the best MC. You got to have that. And all of these things come together so you have a great verse."
"Sucker Free Summit" Verse of the Year Nominees:
Drake - "Forever"
Eminem - "Forever"
Kanye West - "Run This Town"
Lil Wayne - "Roger That"
Nicki Minaj - "My Chick Bad"
Rick Ross - "Angels (Remix)"
Tune in to MTV2's "Sucker Free Summit" on Sunday at noon to find out who wins!