12 TOP VERIFIED Explanations of 2012

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This year we decided that leaving the whole world to break down bars was just not enough. So we invited rappers, singers, academics and anyone else with enough genius to join the conversation. In less than a year later, we have backstories, jokes, secrets, behind the scenes scoops, and more from Nas to 2 Chainz to Kendrick Lamar, Peter Rosenberg and beyond.
Here are some of the very best explanations:

Most Sexual Explanation: Sean Price, “BBQ Sauce”

“But the father do floss/ I make your mom suck my dick with barbecue sauce”
Sean P suggests one way we can all make our sex lives more interesting. Get aroused?…

Best Particle Physics Nerd Fest: Jean Grae, “Kill Screen aka Steve Wiebe”

“I wanna teach particle physics business/ Just as a better business class, syllabus rise up”
Ms. Greasy is one of our finest verified artists. She has a knack for being smart, funny and at times like these, for totally geeking out on us. Get schooled here…

Most surprising tear-jerking: Schoolboy Q, “Blessed”

“Man I got so much shit up on my plate dawg”

We’re all used to funny Groovy Q we usually see in interviews or breaking down Hiii Power and clowning Soul at the same time, but this was a rare serious moment for the self-proclaimed lover of ‘weed and brews’. We asked Q about one of his most honest, serious tracks and ended up with an RG exclusive. Grab tissues and watch…

Best Pimped Out Explanation: MURS on Suga Free’s “Fly of Life”

“And I see orange stars, green clovers, and blue diamonds”
Even if you knew what Suga Free was referencing you probably couldn’t also infer the pimp lesson or nutritional facts MURS lays down here. All that and a great visual of Lucky Charms(the best Cereal of all time). No wonder he’s our ultimate genius…

Best No Bull Shit break down: Ab-Soul, “Cut from a different Cloth”

“When? Before the apocalypse”
More often than not you need RG to even begin to understand the many layers in a Soulo lyric. And us usually when Soul takes the time to break things down, he ends up just asking more questions of us. But in this particular case, Soul gives us the cold hard truth with no sugar coating. Be enlightened here…

Most creative use of RG webcam time: Action Bronson

“Never mention all the crime I been a part of”

Bronsolini rarely breaks down his existing bars on the site in the traditional sense, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have something to say. In fact, during hurricane Sandy in NYC, Action got on the webcam and dropped a new verse. Check it out…

Most Inspirational: Ne-Yo, “Cracks in Mr. Perfection”

“Perfection, it’s just a glorified opinion”
Ne-Yo was not only our first verified R&B singer, but he was also our most uplifting explanations as well. The soulful singer used his space on RG to bring a positive message to women. Be uplifted…

Dopest throwback story of all time: Nas, “No Introduction”

“Remember talking to Biggie inside his Lex truck/ he said stay fly even when you’re bummy…”
The Nasfather of RG as we like to call him, has dropped some incredible explanations across his entire discography this year, but we chose one very special explanation from his new album, Life if Good. It’s a rare occasion anymore that we get an insider’s story about the late, great Biggie Smalls, and what could be better than Nas the Don himself reminiscing about his fellow legendary emcee? Relive history here…

Most interesting producer breakdown: Hot Sugar, “Sleep”

Here at RG we recently started verifying producers and giving them the credit they deserved on all their songs. One of the funniest of these is of course Hot Sugar. If you check his profile you’ll see that he’s mostly broken down Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock lyrics. However, he does have a few serious explanations, one of which quietly describes his work with The Roots on this great track. Turn up your volume here…

Most philosophical: Robert Greene, “Name Me King

“It’s sunset, this is Sun Tzu (War!)”
The brilliant author Robert Greene utilizes his account to teach the masses. This explanation shows the education we intend to distribute with every verified explanation. He gets into what seems like an essay, describing the meaning on Sun Tzu, and collectively mind-bombing readers.

Most Bawse Story: Peter Rosenberg, “Rosenberg Skit”
Peter Rosenberg from Hot 97 even got an account this year! Some RG old-heads got together to discuss some of his work with him and this is what ensued…

Best Lesson: Capital STEEZ, “Pitchfork Sle”
STEEZ’s explanations are a true testament to his undeniably unique mind and ideas. He was a quiet dude, but had deeper ideas, and was short yet efficient and symbolistic with what he said. This particular breakdown showcases both his individuality and the notion that many of his bars are entirely his alone. RIP King STEELO. Peep the magic…

That concludes Rap Genius' 12 best lines of 2012! Did you guys find anything in your time reading explanations? Did we leave any great ones off the list? Let us know in the comments below, let 2013 be even better!