Guest Star: "Is B.I.G. The Greatest Of All Time?": AZ

Monday, Mar 7, 2011 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for AZ

[Recognizing the death anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G. on March 9th, SOHH chose three rap veterans to speak on the "Greatest Rapper of All-Time" debate. Is B.I.G. truly the G.O.A.T.? AZ weighs in.]

Who's the greatest of all time? I don't even know what names you could put [in that category]. I haven't studied it and it doesn't really make any sense. Hip-hop is too young to be calling out someone as the greatest of all time.

There's so many people that brought so much to the rap game in different zones in different categories throughout hip-hop. So what my question becomes, how can you label who's what? You got the eclectic people, you have the backpackers, the gangsters, the dancing rappers and so on. There's just too many categories for people to be able to choose a greatest of all-time.

It's never made sense to me. Calling out or naming a greatest of all-time don't make no sense. And nobody makes all those genres of music, as far as hip-hop, as one artist. You got some who go pop because the machine behind them pushing them into that genre and so you hear it everywhere. But you can't say these people are lyrically inclined as well as they can't do the gangster music, the party music and the other sorts of records out there.

It doesn't make no sense. I don't study none of that. I'm just in my own zone. I'm literally in my zone and I don't know what's going on elsewhere because there can't be a greatest of all time debate. It doesn't mean anything.

AZ is a rap veteran recognized for his role in hip-hop supergroup The Firm, as well as for his multiple collaborations alongside Nas and Foxy Brown. In addition to group efforts, AZ has released eight solo albums. His Doe or Die 15th Anniversary LP dropped last November.

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