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

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for Twista

[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.? After AZ answered the infamous question yesterday, Twista now weighs in.]

I think naming a greatest of all time is hard because it was more debatable in the early years when you didn't have so many artists in the game. I think now, when you have so many artists in the game, and so many opinions, it's hard to narrow it down.

But another problem is how the question is presented. Think about when the question was started. It didn't cut out right. As soon as you say, "Who is the greatest of all time?" My question then becomes, "Greatest what?" After I would say, "Greatest what?" You would say, "Rapper." Then I would say, "Is your definition of rapper the same definition as emcee?" Because a rapper can know how to put words together and he's selling records, good SoundScan and all of that. But what makes a great rapper versus a great emcee?

We have to define what a rapper is first before we can even get into the debate. I think some of the debate gets twisted because there's not a clear distinction between what people see as rappers and emcees. You have people arguing Waka Flocka Flame versus Kanye West, which is stupid. You have to consider whether we're talking about a rap contest or an emcee contest. The thing I always saw was the debate becoming a popularity contest more so than a greatest rapper contest. I consider Waka Flocka a rapper and Kanye West an emcee.

If you say greatest rapper of all time, that's hard because when I think of great rappers I think of great emcees. You have Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas. These rappers are great emcees and great rappers. Then you have rappers like Soulja Boy and 50 Cent. 50 is still lyrical but you get what I'm saying. The argument is too deep and great.

Twista is a rap veteran with over 20 years of music to his name. Since 1991, Twista has released countless records and appeared on collaborations alongside Diddy, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Chris Brown and more. The rapid-fire lyricist once held The Guinness Book Of World Records title as the fastest rapper in the world.

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