Joe Budden Vs. Shamrock

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Top 5 Dead Or Alive: Joe Budden Vs. Shamrock

Monday, May 23, 2011 1:45PM

Published by SOHH.com

What started out as a battle between ten Top 5 Dead or Alive weekly winners has narrowed to four, with the highest Round 1 champion automatically placed in the Finals. Amongst these two match-ups, the lowest-percentage winner will be automatically eliminated. Vote for your fave below--the game is one the line!

In today's second round match-up, Slaughterhouse's Joe Budden's picks get a reality check as they face-off against former "White Rapper Show" TV series winner Shamrock. Can Budden's Top 5 slaughter his competition or will Shamrock have some luck of the Irish? Whose picks make it to the Final Round? You decide!

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Ice Cube is a pioneer. I grew up [on] Ice Cube as well as N.W.A. They were the trend for gangster rap along with Ice-T. He made incredible records and he was just great. He made great music over such a long period of time.

Jadakiss for sure. Jadakiss is just so f*cking ill. The punchlines, the way he tells stories, I love it. He touches on a lot of real topics.

I think Andre 3000's creative mind is unparalleled. He's one of the most lyrical guys to ever pick up a microphone. What else can I say? He's one of hip-hop's pioneers.

Put Common up there. Common can rap about anything but what I really am passionate about with him is that he made being positive and uplifting cool. He's just so talented with the wordplay and his rhymes. It's almost effortless with him. Plus he's got a positive message in most of his music and it gets lost in there with other artists.

Black Thought's just a monster. He's also a hip-hop pioneer. Black Thought is an artist who's been able to just rock with a live band for seventeen years or however long he's been doing it. It's amazing to me.

Let me get Andre 3000. Andre 3000 is a creative genius. I don't know if anybody can approach the story with his perspective. He's Southern but very introspective. He's very ahead of his time. He made a lot of classic music that defined our city.

Common's "I Used To Love H.E.R." When I first heard that record, it was just mind-blowing, ground-breaking to me. It was a record that always stayed with me. Definitely one of my Top 5 favorite hip-hop records of all-time. He's a lyrical monster.

This is a killer a** question. I think my boy's gonna go down so let me put Fabolous up there. Fab has been very commercially successful and kind of came right after the whole "bling-bling" era, that money, h*es and clothes era. But even though he makes popular music, the punchlines and the way he rhymes? They're so ill. Most rappers will rap the last word but he'll rhyme like the last eight words of a rhyme and just do it for a whole 16. He just makes really dope songs. He'll make a radio hit without sacrificing what he's about.

[Jada]Kiss is just a beast. He's just a beast and that's point, blank, period. He gets in my Top 5 list without a doubt.

I want to end this with Ludacris. Ludacris' versatility is almost untouchable. I don't think there's anybody that can match his punchlines, metaphors, jokes, roasts, telling stories, making songs about coming up and all that. Ludacris always delivers on his tracks...Many people reach out to him. He's not a pop rapper, he's a true rapper.

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