Storytelling has always been considered a necessary skill for any rapper that was to be considered a great. Biggie has “I Got A Story To Tell,” Scarface has “I Seen A Man Die,” 2Pac has “Brenda’s Got A Baby,” Jay Z has “Friend Or Foe” and Nas has “One Love.”
Common has “Testify.”
Don’t act like you weren’t on the edge of your seat the first time you heard this song. At certain points the intricate tale stops being a song and turns into a audio movie. Common flawlessly raps around Kanye West sampling the beat and lyrics from Honey Cone’s “Innocent Until Proven Guilty” creating one of the best lyric and sample synergies Hip-Hop has ever heard.
Again, the question is asked, is this not worth of “Top” consideration?