Gunplay 101: The Human L.A. Riot's Nine Best Tracks

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See also "The Quotable Gunplay: 'Hos,' 'Pills,' and the 'Gift and Curse of Being Under Rick Ross.'"

Gunplay has been a known commodity on Miami's rap scene for years thanks to his association with Rick Ross and Maybach Music Group.

But only recently have mainstream audiences started warming up to his raw, reckless and occasionally insightful brand of rap. For those of you just coming around to the merits of the self-professed "Human L.A. Riot," here's an introductory primer, spotlighting Gunplay's most brazen mixtape tracks, wildest freestyles, and tightest collaborations.

9. "Miss Me (Freestyle)" (Inglorious Bastard, 2011)
Drake's pop radio-certified 2010 hit "Miss Me" might not be the most obvious canvas for a rapper as raw as Gunplay, but the combination of his blunt, forceful rhymes ("Call me Gunplay, Maybach black sheep/Rifle longer than my rap sheet/Love skinny girls/Shout out to the fat freaks") and Boi-1da and Noah "40" Shebib's emotive instrumental makes for some truly impactful listening.

8. "I Wanna Rock (Freestyle)" (Don Logan, 2010)

If only all of hip-hop's cokehead perverts were comfortable enough to out themselves with lines as clever as those Gunplay offers on his freestyle over Snoop's "I Wanna Rock": "I love it when pussy look like a Dutch split/I wanna fuck, she jerkin me like the clutch slipped/Don Logan, I don't wait in line nowhere/Sniff a lot of Lohan/Now it's bout to go down..."

7. "On My Lap" (Inglorious Bastard, 2011)

Gunplay is at his most ratchet (and that's saying something) on the energetic "On My Lap," depicting Charlie Sheen-worthy levels of depravity and excess with enough chest-thumping, testosterone-fueled bravado to make DMX sound like Drake. He also offers one of the best of his many (yes, many) fish-themed double entendres: "Aw hell, yo' fishcale ain't no tilapa. Ain't even tuna. Yo hustle need a tune-up!"

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