Top 5 Dead Or Alive: "He's One Of The Most Lyrical, Crazy Emcees I've Ever Seen In My Life"
Wednesday, Feb 15, 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 Mickey Factz unloaded his top choices last week, Detroit producer Apollo Brown reveals his Top 5.]
Jay Electronica. He's one of the most lyrical, crazy emcees that I've ever seen in my life. He's also one of the best I've ever heard in my life. Everything he says is ridiculous and the way he says it is ridiculous. He's one of my top three emcees of all time. I would love to work with him.
eLZhi. eLZhi is one of the top three greatest rappers of all time to me. That dude can put together words [like] no other can do. His lyrics and what he's saying on tracks is so ridiculous. I just don't think people are recognizing.
Royce Da 5'9. Royce is a monster emcee. His wordplay is ridiculous. His song "Boom" puts him in my top lyricists group, ever. He's super lyrical and his wordplay is sick. His passion for the music is crazy.
Big Pun. He was off the map. A genius rapper. He really knew how to pick beats. Obviously his emceeing skills were incredible. As big as he was, he would let you have it.
Big L. I am naming Big L for the same reasons I said for Big Pun. He was off the map, a genius and really knew how to pick beats.