Top 5 Dead Or Alive: "They Had No Business Rapping But They Did It & They Did It Really F*cking Well"
Friday, Oct 28, 2011 12:05AM
Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name their Top 5 rappers of all-time. To make things tricky, we've created a "Hall of Fame" of emcees (see right) who are universally respected and therefore may not be mentioned. After "Breakfast Club" radio host Angela Yee dished out her top emcees, "Big Morning Buzz" TV host Carrie Keagan scoops out her five picks.
Run-DMC. They were the first rappers I had ever heard. They will forever be the reason why rap is popular.
The Beastie Boys. I think the Beastie Boys did something special. Not only are they incredible musicians, but they did something that nobody was ever trying to do. They were almost making a joke of the hip-hop scene but they did it so well that you couldn't make fun of them anymore. I don't know if that makes sense but they had no business but they did it and they did it really f*cking well.
2 Live Crew. I met Uncle Luke when he had a reality show and I was like, "Oh my God. It's Luke!" That was one of the most bizarre moments for me. It was great and he was so nice. They were the first hip-hop group that I had ever seen that get banned from EVERYTHING. And so to be the first, you have to respect that.
Queen Latifah. Come on, we gotta put a girl on there. She's the Queen of Hip-Hop. She's been able to stay strong her entire career and she's morphed herself into a huge Hollywood star. Just take a look at where she came from. I mean, she's still the coolest woman ever.
Public Enemy. Duh! "Bring the Noise" is probably the first rap song I ever knew the words to. I swear. So I don't know. They just hold a place in my heart forever. I was also a big rock fan back then so when [rock band] Anthrax did their own cover of "Bring The Noise," it was like bringing two worlds together. Aerosmith did their thing and so it all crossed over. When people start covering your music outside of the genre, you know that you've done something right.