SOHH Whatcha Think: Is Styles P. Correct In Claiming To Be The Best Spitter Of His Era? [Click Here & Speak]

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 1:00AM

Written by J. Bachelor

Holiday Styles, one-third of The Lox, stated in a recent interview that besides The Notorious B.I.G., he was the best of his era. Although the mid-to-late 90's almost seems like a lifetime ago, it isn't hard to look back and remember some of the nice rappers that held it down during that period of Hip-hop.

While the Ghost is, and always will be a standout artist among his peers (he is one of the few artists that gets respect from fans of both commercial and underground spitters) is it really accurate to put S.P. as the best of the era?

Let's look at a few M.C.'s from that time frame who also went hard bar-for-bar:

Styles frequent partner-in-rhyme is considered by many to be the shining star of The Lox. Like Pinero, he gets love from across the board from rappers and fans alike. Love or hate the crazy "Ah-haaaah!" laugh, Kiss is the kind of MC that always offers up his best on a guest track.

Because of a weak debut album, and a legendary battle with you-know-who, many feel Bis never hot the chance to really let his talent hit full stride. He left the game for a minute, then returned, but his star power never was the same after his time away from the game. But when it comes to complex metaphors and layers on layers of mean bars, Bis is a rapper worth note.

Method Man
The Wu-Tang's most commercially successful artist had the kind of star power, lyrics and image that made his hard not to like. Whether alongside Redman or solo dolo, Tical was definitely one MC of rap's second Golden Era who packed a serious punch no matter what track you gave him. And being the only guest rapper on Biggie's classic debut album only helped solidify him as on of the 90's best.

It goes without saying that artists such as Nas, Jay-Z, Big L, Big Pun and others must be mentioned when you speak on this era, but from where you are sitting, which MC gave the best lines bar-for-bar in the mid-to-late 90's era of Hip-hop?

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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