Making good rap music is hard work, and it's certainly not for everyone. While any MC can string together a few simple lines, the best rappers strive for great poetry -- an electrifying verse that competes with the beat to grab your attention.
Sadly, as producers gain notoriety for their musical contributions, many rappers become more and more lackadaisical with their lyrics, earning hits by default. Bad rappers can score smash records simply by relying on a good beat, and in the absence of quality lyrics, hip-hop fans are often left shaking their heads in disbelief over what constitutes a valid song these days.
In honor of Bad Poetry Day (Aug. 18), The BoomBox thought it would be fitting to highlight the 10 worst rap verses of 2012, so far -- there's even more to include. Here's a list that includes Soulja Boy, Kreayshawn and eight other dubious rhymers.
1. Kreayshawn, "Go Hard (La La La)"
"Hey, bitch, I see you working at the mall,
At Forever 21, selling tanks and shawls,
You wanna quit your job?
You need a place to go?
Girl, run your own show,
But don't be on some ho shit,
Bounce with something cute on,
I kiss into a fog zone,
I be really off,
And searching for some water though..."
In the techno-influenced "Go Hard," Kreayshawn advises a retail employee to quit her gig and join her at a rave, and the last line suggests that they pop a pill at some point in the evening. Kreay should've went harder on her lyrical composition.
2. Soulja Boy, "Kim Kardashian"
"Oh my god, swagging in the Ferrari, girl drop that ass,
It's Soulja Boy's party ... swagged out,