Spitters who can freestyle off the top of the dome has always been a move that gets a true MC the respect they deserve. REVOLT’s “Off Top” is here to bring real bars back to the game with Big Tigger, Rapsody and DJ Nyla Symone. Step in the booth with us.
NLE Choppa stepped into the booth to freestyle on the third episode of REVOLT’s “Off Top” series. The multi-platinum selling rapper shined while rhyming over Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm” instrumental, which was released three years before Choppa was even born.
The Memphis-bred artist also discussed his affinity for West Coast hip hop in a conversation with “Off Top” co-hosts Big Tigger, Rapsody and DJ Nyla Symone. The interview covered how fatherhood changed Choppa, why he embraced a holistic lifestyle and much more.
Revisit his freestyle as REVOLT highlights some of the best lines below and catch the full freestyle above!
1. “Niggas say they shaking spots, they ain’t shook shit/In your DNA and your résumé say you whole bitch/Niggas saying stop snitching but be the main snitch/All up in the mix trying to see what Kool-Aid up in my pitch”
NLE Choppa and Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm” beat may seem like an odd match on paper, but his style works surprisingly well with the Havoc-produced classic. The ominous sound turns out to be a fitting canvas for the young rapper’s brazen lyrics. His no-nonsense tone is quickly established in the opening lines and gets more intense as the freestyle progresses.
2. “Don’t participate in niggas’ antics/I’m solo bandit, come around niggas, they panic/I see you hating from a panoramic/I’m in a Rolls Royce Cullinan and my nigga my own ceiling dancing”
Choppa makes it abundantly clear he’s not someone to mess with here. He knows there’s plenty of hate for him, yet he also realizes his presence evokes fear. It’s why he easily brushes off the negativity and feels no need to downplay his status.
3. “From a city where every enemy gotta die/I let a nigga slide, he came back, hit two of mine/Look to sky and dot your I’s if you hit one of mine/A couple weeks later, they found him but without his mind”
Listeners get a glimpse into the ruthless streets of Memphis when Choppa tackles life in his hometown. In a tale of retribution, he describes a mistake that resulted in wicked consequences. There’s no sugarcoating these rhymes, which spell out brutality in a blunt manner.
4. “Never dodging when my brother say it’s hammer time/Sliding out my momma’s car, hop out the whip and walk ‘em down/Excited killers, when we do it, we make sure we smile/Blood on my shoes, black Forces, red bottom now”
Choppa’s descriptions of violence are evocative to the say least. The details are what really make his words so chilling. In particular, the image of a killer smiling and stepping into a pool of blood is something out of a horror movie.
5. “Used to wonder why my own niggas fragile/’Cause they know that every snake came around, he dead now/Yeah, he survived, but he dead from the waist down/Next time that I catch up to him, weight his face until he drown”
Treachery isn’t tolerated by Choppa. He spits about the consequences for anyone who betrays him and it’s not pretty. His wrath is ruthless, taking extreme measures to ensure loyalty around him.
6. “Feeling jazzy giving niggas blues from rap beef/This gun ain’t got BBs, but I’m a king toting 7.62s on Beale Street/A lotta rap niggas my son, I just been a dead beat/Came here to keep it raw just like some red meat”
Amid all the cold-blooded raps, Choppa’s “Off Top” entry manages to deliver some slick wordplay, too. His most clever bars are based around blues legend B.B. King and the location of King’s namesake club in Memphis. This lyrical display should make his doubters second-guess themselves.
7. “I am the whole fucking entrée, you the small fry/I should’ve been on the biggest screen, I’m fo’ sho they blackballing me/No IG for you to follow me, did I lie?/Aye, tell them niggas wake up before it’s too late/Because I promise I’m gonna be on the same level as Drake”
Choppa finishes his two minutes of fury by staking his claim to be among rap’s elite. He suggests he’s been held back to this point yet insists he’ll still get to the top of mountain. When it’s all said and done, he expects to be mentioned alongside the likes of Drake.