Top 5 Dead Or Alive: "He Is Like The Tim Duncan, Puts Up Stats But Goes Overlooked"
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 12:15AM
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. This week, the Kidz in the Hall drop off their combined list of Top 5 spitters.
Mos Def. Mos is one of my top rappers, even though he really only gave us that one album, it was pretty impactful to the point where everyone was waiting for the next Black on Both Sides again and again and again. But I love the experimentation. I love the fact that he's all about representing what's real to him rather than what you think he should be doing. I haven't really heard too many wack verses from Mos. -Double O
Common. Common is the reason I actually got into hip-hop. He was the first MC that I ever heard who was from my neighborhood and spoke on things that were relevant to my life. He was also my first rap concert and seeing him inspired me to want to MC and I've told him that on several occasions. Resurrection as an album alone just ... made me want to be a part of music. He's very consistent. -Naledge
Scarface. Scarface paints picture lyrically and speaks so effortlessly ... I don't know, Scarface is like Tim Duncan, puts up stats but goes overlooked. I think he was one of the first MC's to bring the element of God into his raps. He took the street element of the culture and added another side, it's like, "We're on the corner but we pray and think about death, too." -Naledge (Ed. Note: Naledge insisted on including Scarface despite his Hall of Fame status.)
Andre 3000. 3000 is almost like the Godfather of this new generation. In a way, he inspired a lot of what Lil' Wayne would end up doing and then convey it back to the masses. From his vocal inflection to what he and Big Boi have done as a group, can you think of any rapper right now that could come out with a club record about baby mama drama? They discuss these big issues in a way that still feels fun to the audience. It made you think about it, but it didn't make you worry too much. It's really hard to talk about serious subjects without being "preachy" and I think Andre does that on an awesome level. -Double O
Kanye West. Honestly for me, right now, just based off the amount of work he's put in, I'd have to say Kanye. Not so much because he's technically amazing, but I literally enjoy listening to him rap. To me it's similar to the way Tupac technically wasn't an insane rapper, he couldn't do a lot of the things that B.I.G. or Jay-Z could do. But the messages and the imagery and everything that he conveyed was what drew you in to everything and I think 'Ye has the same abilities. -Double-O