Problem - "Whaaaaaattt"
"Whaaat" isn't by any means the most original ad-lib, but it's Problem's reptile-like battle cry that makes it so recognizable. He even has a song named after it. More and more we find ourselves saying the drawn-out high-pitched "whaaaat" as opposed to your average "what" in every day conversations.
Chief Keef - "Bang bang", "NAWHH"
"Bang bang": the two words that automatically pop in your head when you think of Chief Keef-- and that's probably exactly his intention with the ad-lib. Consider yourself lucky if you've never heard him grumble "NAWHH" either.
Jeezy - "Ha haaaaa", "IT'S THE MOTHERFUCKING WORLD"
Jeezy has quite a few ad-libs, and "Ha haaaa" is one of his most used. You can definitely catch him shouting "ITS THE MOTHERFUCKING WORLD" before every verse, too. It's true though. This is the motherfucking world.
Kid Ink - "Egh?"
It's an odd phrase, but Kid Ink has it down pat, and although it is similar to Pusha T's, it is still distinct enough to be Ink's own.
Rick Ross - "UGHH" (grunt)
The universal sound of authority.
Tyga - "Rrah (raww)"
Tyga always growls before he devours a beat.
2 Chainz - "Truu", "Yaaaaa", "2 CHAINZZZ"
The world's #1 advocate for The Real University. Mr. Chainz also gives himself a shout out prior to every verse, and we're not mad at it. Since blowing up last year, "truuu" has become the way any rap fan would respond when something is truthful. It's the equivalent of "that's true."
Big Sean - "Boyee", "Oh god", "Lil bitch!" "Swerve"
Who has more ad-libs than Big Sean? He's got plenty up his sleeve, and he seems to consistently introduce new ones. While "swerve" caught some criticisms, "Boyee" is an old favorite.
DJ Khaled - "WE THE BEST"
Whether you agree or not, DJ Khaled has been yelling his opinion for years.
Lil Durk - "Letsgetit"
A common phrase among the Chicago drillers, and nobody says it better than Lil Durk.
Pusha T - "Yeghhh"
King Push commonly shows his disgust with this snarl.
French Montana - "Haaan", "monTANA!"
It's more than just an ad-lib. For French Montana, "haaan" is a way of expressing himself, and he's passed it down to his fans.
ScHoolboy Q - "YAWK", "Awh"
This term was made popular by ScHoolboy on Kendrick's m.A.A.d city and A$AP Ferg's "Work (Remix)". It gets everyone extremely hype.
Ab-Soul - "SOUL!"
Catch Ab-Soul shouting this out after most of his verses.
Wiz Khalifa - "Uh!", "Ha ha ha"
Wiz Khalifa's laugh has become a legendary ad-lib. If you haven't heard it, you're lying.
Lil Wayne - (lighter flick), "Young Mula baybayy"
Weezy fans know that once the lighter flicks, anything and everything in Wayne's path will be demolished. The post-verse Young Money shout out is something we're all accustomed to.
Juicy J - "Yessir!", "Trippy!", "YEAH HOE"
Juicy J has some of the best ad-libs for sure. "YEAH HOE" has become a staple to his name, and has also infiltrated into instrumentals that don't just belong to Juicy.
Kanye West - "HUHHH"
It's as if the most influential man in hip-hop can't hear his surroundings. "HUHHH" shows Ye's aggression, passion, and frustration.
Jadakiss - Ah-haaa
It's hard to describe, but it's even harder to replicate. It's Kiss' high-pitched laugh or perhaps it's a sign of recognition?
Waka Flocka - "SQUADD", "FLOCKA!"
Brick Squad Monopoly's walking billboard. Flex.
Lil B - "Swag!"
For swag advice, who better to go to than the Based God?
Travi$ Scott - "Straight up!", "La flame"
Chances are you won't find a Travi$ Scott verse without hearing "STR8 UP!"
Quavo (from the Migos) - "Whip whip!"
When the Migos aren't finessing, they're in the kitchen water whipping.
Birdman - "One hunna"
Stunna keeps it a buck at all times.
Future - "Freebandz!"
Future's Freeband Gang is the source for many of his ad-libs. Turn up.
Gucci Mane - "BURR!" "it's Gucci!"
Big Gucci always lets you know how cold his ice is.
Who's got the best ad-lib in the game? HotNewHipHop takes a look.
When used properly, ad-libs can really accelerate the popularity of an artist. Just ask Big Sean or 2 Chainz. These between-the-lines phrases are designed to hype up listeners, adding extra energy to their verses. Ad-libs tend to be funny, serious, or flat-out ridiculous. Recently, acts like Migos have taken ad-libs to the next level. While some rapper ad-libs can be annoying, there are those who've properly honed the ad-lib craft, and the result is usually entertaining. Ad-libs can also function as a tag or trademark for rappers-- the instant you hear one, you know who's on the track. Even better, ad-libs can permeate into the language of hip-hop fans, and thus get used in daily conversations.
To appreciate this, we've constructed a list of the best rapper ad-libs that are currently in the rap game. Ranging from Pusha T's instantly recognizable "Yeggh!" to French Montana's infectious "Hannn."
Which is your favorite?