These days the term freestyle means one two things—either a rapper is pulling rhymes f the top their head or spitting a verse that was written for a specific moment.
Whether it's the former or the latter, hip-hop fans have been treated to some extraordinary one-f verses throughout the years, like that famous scene The Notorious B.I.G. freestyling in front a Brooklyn bodega back in 1989. Or Black Thought going in for 10 minutes on Funkmaster Flex's show in December 2017.
Maybe we love these kinds moments because it shows the rapper as an MC, not as a star or famous person. Or it's possible that we like to see rappers spit their lyrics raw without studio effects to see how long their delivery can remain flawless.
It's kind like watching a person on a high-wire act perform without a net. You sit back, hold your breath and when everything is over, you walk away amazed.
Of course, there's been a bevy incredible freestyles over the years. But for now, let's take a look at 10 very memorable freestyle moments, whether the MC came f the top with a stellar verse or delivered solid written bars.
Some these clips are well-known, others are a bit more obscure, but either way, it shows just how beautiful it can be when it's just a rapper, a beat and a microphone.