Rapper Lil Wayne watches the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The week that was found the entire hip-hop nation waiting with baited breath for the future.  The 18th marks the release of some of the most anticipated albums of the year, including (supposedly) the is-it-even-finished-yet? Yeezus.  Despite that climate, rappers still managed to release some great music. Below, the lines of the week.

5.  My ni**as wild as Jumanji/You can call me an S.O.B ’cause its skateboards over Bugattis” — Lil Wayne, ‘Bugatti (Freestyle)’ lyrics
Props to Wayne for referencing one of Robin Williams’ mid-90’s flicks.  While we would have preferred a Mrs. Doubtfire shout-out, this one is still pretty good.

4.  “Live fast, die young/When it come to pitching white, then I nailed that sh*t fast, coulda had a Cy Young” — Maffew Ragazino, ‘Favourite J’s’ lyrics
The cliche setup here initially made us groan, but the pun on “pitching” was worth a smile, and brought to mind childhood dreams of being a baseball great.  While that never happened, we did get to run around on a near-empty major league field once — shouts to the Twins for leaving the doors open on an off day!

3.  “You never know with this sh*t, I don’t understand/Kids carry cannons on Instagram, but crying when the cuffs on they hands” — Ab-Soul, ‘Killin Y’all’ lyrics
Soulo, in addition to being one of the most interesting people, rapper or no, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting, also happens to be on a lyrical tear as of late.  His verse on this tune is very moving, and the imagery here of children suddenly faced with the all-too-real consequences of their actions is jaw-droppingly effective.

2.  “I couldn’t help but think that maybe I had made a mistake/I mean, you made ‘You Owe Me,’ dog, I thought that you could relate” — J. Cole, ‘Let Nas Down’ lyrics
We were privileged to hear Cole give a long explanation about this song shortly before hearing it for the first time, so its story of creating a single that a rap idol didn’t like had extra resonance.  But the best part is here, where Cole gets in a dig at his hero for criticizing sub-par radio-ready singles when Nasir has a long history of creating them himself.

1.  “‘All I care about is money and the city that I’m from’/That’s dumb — isn’t that exactly like the Tea Party platform?” — Kool A.D., ‘Hood Party’ lyrics
This extremely on-point critique of Drake‘s sentiments in “I’m On One,” and by extension of much of the outlook of contemporary commercial rap, absolutely blew us away.  The dark side of hip-hop’s love of wealth and pride of place has rarely been more devastatingly demonstrated.