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What’s the Best Rap Album Outro of All-Time?

Posted by Nathan S. on 09/18/13 | Filed under Opinion, Debates, RH Nation Answers

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means. Time to accidentally kill a hooker in Vegas* and/or break out a new "Question of the Week". I know I should probably come up with a Drake-related question, but even though it's been only two days since the album leaked a week early, I already need a Drake break (welcome to 2013). So instead, since we've already done a "Best Rap Album Intro of All-Time", it's only natural that we do a "Best Rap Album Outro of All-Time", right? RIGHT?

First, some ground rules. The best outro track doesn't literally need "Outro" in the title, we're really talking about the last track of an album. You think that'd be simple enough, but since this is 2013 I have to specify that we're talking about the "regular" version of the album, not the deluxe edition, bonus tracks, etc. To use a recent example because Drake, that means "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music" is the outro/last track on "NWTS". And there are plently of outros that aren't the last track, I'm not talking about those. Got it?

In terms of "best", the criteria's really the same as intro, only on the opposite end. While a great intro really sets the tone for the album, a great outro wraps it up, and perhaphs even gives us a taste of what's to come on the next one. Sometimes outro/last tracks are dope in an of themselves, but I'd argue that the true greats need to be heard in the context of the album to be fully appreciated.

Ok, sweet baby jesus, where do I even start? Fuck....looking at some classic albums, Jay Z's "My First Song" is dope, although the impact of the retirement/first song thing is diminished by his un-retirement. On the flipside though, Biggie's "Suicidal Thoughts" was made even more powerful once he died. Eminem's "Criminal" has to be up there; it's not just commentary on the album, it's a commentary on his entrie career. Or to go more underground, "Shovel" from Aesop Rock's "Labor Days" is amazing, more recently Big KRIT's "The Vent" is dope, although might not wrap up "ReturnOf4EVA" as well as some of these others, and The Roots "Something in the Way of Things" blew my fucking mind, even though there's not a single BlackThought rhyme on it.

Ultimately though, even though it feels so fucking predictable and I don't want to be predictable, I'm going to have to go with Kanye's "Last Call". Even all these years later it's one of the most Kanye Kanye-esque tracks of all time, it sums up the album perfectly, the monologue really takes shit to the next level, and perhaphs most importantly, it's impossible to think about the album without thinking about "Last Call".

Even as much of a rap nerd as I am, there's just no way I can ask a question this broad without forgetting about 400 tracks. I know I'm going to be kicking myself for not mentioning the tracks RefinedHype Nation inevitably comes through with in the comments, but we have to start somewhere.

Let's do the damn thing...

(* Word to @DontCallMeATG for the assist.)

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