Top 5 Dead Or Alive: "He's One Of The Best Artists Out Of Brooklyn"
Friday, Feb 17, 2012 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 Apollo Brown revealed his top picks earlier this week, fellow producer Oddisee busts out his fave five..]
Kanye West. Kanye is in my list because he spoke to a demographic that purchased records for years but never had a voice. It was kind of that middle class, African American, college demographic. He carved out his own niche. He's always had an ability to have a collegiate undertone to his rhymes but still be taken seriously. I think that's very hard to do. A lot of dope emcees don't get noticed for being good because they're too comedic.
Andre 3000. Being from D.C. and listening to a lot more subject music, his flow seamlessly blends poetry and emceeing together. He paints pictures with his rhymes. He knows to use his voice. He can take his rhymes to a whole 'nother level. I've always been a fan of listening to all of rhymes.
Black Thought. He's on my list because he's been so consistent. He's always been able to perform. I've always been a fan of The Roots since the beginning. His flow has evolved so much over time. His delivery is flawless.
Mos Def. He's one of the most charismatic emcees and has one of the best deliveries. You hear the passion in his rhymes. It's also his diversity that stands out. Mos can croon on a track, he can rap, he can go mellow. He's one of the best artists out of Brooklyn.
Common. He's on my list because he's the king of similes and double entendres. I always have to listen to Common rhyme because I think I get it but after rewinding it, I hear something else. He has a lot of meanings in his rhymes.