The hip-hop verse that changed my life

The hip-hop verse that changed my life


Big Boi and Andre 3000 of Outkast perform at the Firefly Music Festival in 2014.

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Firefly Music Festival


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Big Boi and Andre 3000 of Outkast perform at the Firefly Music Festival in 2014.

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Firefly Music Festival

What makes for an unshakable rap verse — the kind that shifts your world view and sticks around years after the first time you encountered it? This month marks 50 years since the birth of hip-hop, so we reached out to some NPR colleagues and a few hip-hop luminaries and asked them what hip-hop verse changed their lives.

You can hear all the tracks discussed in this episode in our Spotify playlist.

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