Few things in Hip-Hop are more compelling than a fiery freestyle. Here, MCs show off their skills in Rap's purest form.

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  • Percee P Rips A Complex Freestlye At The Fat Beats Grand Opening Event

    Before signing to Stones Throw and releasing his Madlib-produced album Perseverance, South Bronx emcee Percee P was a staple at Fat Beats cyphers. Known for his inimitable, multisyllabic flow, it's not hard to see how he earned his nickname "the Rhyme Inspector."

  • Big L & OC Freestyle In Croatia In 1997 And It's The Joint

    D.I.T.C. The name stood for Diggin’ in the Crates, in part because of the membership of acclaimed producers like Diamond D, Showbiz and Buckwild, but make no mistake, the crew was also about those BARS. Here’s a look back at a vintage interview of Big L, one of the beloved members of D.I.T.C. L c...

  • Common Freestyles At Fat Beats To Promote One Day It'll All Make Sense In 1997

    From DJ Eclipse:

    Here's a clip from Common's Fat Beats NYC in-store for "One Day It'll All Make Sense." The in-store was actually a few days before the album was released, so we only had his single for sale that day. We were also pushing No I.D.'s "The Black Album" (w/ Dug Infinite), which had...

  • Talib Kweli Rocks A Rawkus Records In-Store At Fat Beats

    From DJ Eclipse:

    In 1998 both L-Fudge and Shabaam Sahdeeq released 12" singles on Rawkus Records. Rawkus had been around for a minute, but it was with this era of releases that they really started making some noise (along with Company Flow, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Sir Menelik, The High & Mighty ...

  • Royce 5'9 "Shine" Freestyle

    Royce 5'9 raps an a cappella version of his song "Shine," from the album Layers.

  • Biz Markie Freestyles On The Toilet To Show He's The Shhh...

    Biz Markie walks into the bathroom, sits on the toilet and...freestyles. Nobody beats The Biz.

  • Run The Jewels' El-P, J-Live & Breeze Brewin Rap At Fat Beats' Grand Opening

    The grand opening of the second location of Fat Beats' old flagship store in New York City was a Hip-Hop head's dream. Half of the underground community came out to cypher, including J-Live, Breeze Brewin of the Juggaknots (who also played the lead role of Tariq on the Prince Paul concept album A...

  • Kanye West Freestyles At Fat Beats In 1996

    Long before he was a superstar artist and producer, Kanye West was just a kid who loved to rap. This is a rare glimpse at one of Kanye's earliest recorded freestyles.

    From DJ Eclipse:

    The original location of Fat Beats launched on July 14, 1994 which means FB just turned 20 years old! Busi...

  • Xzibit & Lord Finesse Go Hard In A Fat Beats Cypher

    In this clip of the Fat Beats' grand opening cypher, a pre-Pimp My Ride Xzibit of the legendary Likwit Crew freestyles alongside D.I.T.C. founder Lord Finesse. Both emcees kick concise, lyrically dense verses.

  • Organized Konfusion Fat Beats In-Store Turns Into A Cypher With El-P & More

    When Pharoahe Monch's seminal group with Prince Po hits Fat Beats to promote The Equinox in 1997, some dope underground emcees showed up to support and kick some rhymes. Among those who get on the mic are El-P of Company Flow and Run the Jewels, Sir Menelik and, of course, Organized Konfusion the...

  • Astro Freestyles In The Park

    Astro takes Hip-Hop back to its beginnings, with a freestyle in the park.

  • J-Live, Shabaam Sahdeeq & Freestyle Of The Arsonists Cypher At Fat Beats

    Fat Beats moved from its small East Village prototype to its famed Greenwich Village location in 1996. To kick off the upgrade, the iconic vinyl store hosted an epic freestyle cipher for the history books — one of many to come. Watch underground legends J-Live, Shabaam Sahdeeq and Freestyle of th...

  • Ill Bill Freestyles At Fat Beats

    Ill Bill has built an enduring career as a mainstay in Hip-Hop's underground. In addition to his solo career, he has been a member of several collectives, including Non Phixion, Circle of Tyrants, La Coka Nostra and Heavy Metal Kings. In this freestyle, he kicks a verse at Fat Beats, the stomping...

  • Geechi Suede (of Camp Lo): Super Flow Freestyle

    Geechi Suede covers the state of the world in a freestyle.

  • Royce 5'9 "Hard" Freestyle

    Royce 5'9 rips an a cappella version of his song "Hard" from the album Layers.

  • Lord Finesse Freestyles At Fat Beats In 1996

    D.I.T.C.'s Lord Finesse is a producer and MC extraordinaire. He's also a gifted showman, which was on full display as he helped celebrate the opening of Fat Beats' new location in August 1996. Finesse ripped through a couple of verses that showcased his knack for clever punchlines.

    From DJ Ecl...

  • Chris Rivers Raps Up The Week In A Freestyle

    Chris Rivers raps up the week in a freestyle that discusses JAY-Z and Fat Joe making peace, Chance The Rapper's history making mixtape, Colouring Book, and more.

  • Token Raps The Week In Hip-Hop News

    From the death of Afeni Shakur to Prince to Donald Trump, Token wraps up a week in news in a freestyle.