Put On For My City: Killer Mike Vs. Twista

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Top 5 Dead Or Alive: Put On For My City: Killer Mike Vs. Twista

Friday, Apr 22, 2011 12:00AM

Written by Killer Mike & Twista

Congrats to Twista for putting on for his city and edging out fellow Chicago rapper Yung Berg in Round 2. But can Twista hold it down for Chi-town or will Round 1 winner Killer Mike pull out the upset with an ATL-ien stomping for Atlanta? Whose lists gets the biggest props? You decide!

KILLER MIKE'S PICKS     TWISTA'S PICKS



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OutKast. They represent group evolution. They've shown how to sustain through multiple eras and multiple years, unlike any other group. They are the only group you can [compare] to Run-DMC. No other duo can you put in the circle of Run-DMC and have a debate on. That's an accomplishment within an accomplishment.

Right off the top of my head, the first name that comes to my mind is Pharoahe Monch from Organized Konfusion. It's his lyrics. Listen to his songs. His early stuff alone just gave me the feeling that Rakim gave me when I heard his rhymes. He's just got some of the dopest, illest lyrics that I've ever heard. That first Organized Konfusion album was crazy.

A Tribe Called Quest. They did for Black kids in the suburbs and brought hip-hop in a way [that's] just now come into fruition. When you see these kids that are rebuking the darker parts of rap and are going toward that whole "I'm living my life and have dope a** beats" attitude, Tribe are the blueprint to that. Tribe made the blueprint for those shows that [bring out] 500 to 1,000 people.

D*mn, this is getting hard. I'm going to have to name a new rapper I really like for my list. I really like Mickey Factz. It's all about his wordplay and lyrics. The best way I can put it is I hear a rapper that reminds me of the emceeing from the era that I felt like lyrics was the sh*t. Or it's like when I get that tingle in my body. That's a real rapper. So when I start hearing those sentences come together and the words and syllables, it just does something to me. So when I listen to Mickey Factz, I can tell this n*gga will tear a n*gga's head off. He's super cold to me.

The Clipse. They are the EPMD of our time. They are consistently consistent, making music that's dope. Their music represents the pure, dope consistency in hip-hop. More groups need to look to EPMD and The Clipse.

Black Thought. It's the flow and subject matter. Whenever I listen to Black Thought, I focus in on his flow and subject matter. I love when rappers got substance.

UGK. This is a group made up of two Texas boys who got together with DJ Screw and gave Texas a blueprint that's still feeding them today. Their music is hip-hop. On a deeper level, it's soul music. It's music that gets in your bones. It's the closest thing to blues in rap music.

I know he's another new rapper but I'm going to name Jay Electronica. That's another rapper that really pops in my head. Watch out for him, he's one of my favorites out there right about now.

8Ball & MJG. I would put 2 Live Crew in there as an honorable mention. They've had what some people would consider slips where there are arguments over which albums they like and don't. But they are the longest running and most consistent duo acts, They aren't even a group anymore, they're a band. Just like The Rolling Stones, they're still going on and I want to seem them performing at age 60.

And one final rapper to name, I'd have to say Bahamadia. She always had an ill flow and I don't want to leave a female out. So I gotta go with her to end my Top 5 list.

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