News: Swizz Beatz Names His Top 5 Favorite Rappers, Hip-Hop Newcomers
Monday, Apr 11, 2011 9:23AM
Hitmaker Swizz Beatz has revealed his Top 5 favorite rappers and hip-hop newcomers including Grammy-winning producer Kanye West and Roc Nation's J. Cole.
Although close with rap star Jay-Z, Hov did not make Swizzy's Top 5 list.
Swizz Beatz may be holed up in the studio recording his album Haute Living, but he's still got his ears open to what's going on in hip-hop. The hitmaker, who just dropped his Eve-assisted single "Everyday (Coolin')," recently revealed to DJ Absolut his five favorite rappers and rookies in the game right now, giving props to some familiar faces and letting some newbies shine, including one MC who popped up twice. Find out who made Swizzy's Haute lists. Top 5 Rappers Rick Ross Kanye West Drake Wiz Khalifa Jadakiss Top 5 Rookies Sean Cross J. Cole Wiz Khalifa Nipsey Hussle Fred Da Godson (Rap-Up)
Late last year, Beatz called Rick Ross his favorite rapper at the moment.
"WHO IS YOUR FAV RAPPER OUT RITE NOW? MY FAV HANDS DOWN IS @RICKYROZAY YEAH I SAID IT!!!!!!!," Swizz tweeted Thursday (December 30) referencing Ross. (Swizz Beatz's Twitter)
Last December, Swizz, Drake and Busta Rhymes named Ross' Teflon Don album their favorite 2010 release.
"Favorite album of this year," Drake said in an interview, "[I'd say] Rick Ross. Rick Ross had the best album of this year, yeah. Phenomenal album."
"My favorite album of the year thus far," Busta said in an interview, "I would have to say it's Rick Ross' Teflon Don album. It's do and through out. It's a beautiful body of art."
"I'm gonna keep it hip-hop, Swizz said, "I'm gonna say Rick Ross." (Billboard)
Wiz Khalifa's new album, Rolling Papers, debuted at number two last week.
Leading the pack this week is Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers which opened at No. 2 behind Britney Spears' Femme Fatale (277,100). According to Nielsen Soundscan, Wiz's Atlantic Records debut has sold 198,200 copies after seven days in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out some recent Swizz Beatz footage below: