Top 5 Dead Or Alive: "He Has Breath Control, Originality & Song-Writing Ability That's Off The Charts"
Wednesday, Mar 7, 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 Arkatech Beatz's Jugrnaut pounded out his fave five, Boston rapper-turned-actor Slaine unveils his top choices.]
Busta Rhymes. Busta has breath control, originality, and song-writing ability that is off the charts, and has one of the best live shows in the history of hip-hop.
Slick Rick. The premier storyteller in hip-hop history, he influenced every emcee who became a storyteller since.
Prodigy. The Infamous is my favorite hip-hop album of all time. Prodigy paints pictures. His wordplay is simple, but the imagery his words and voice creates is unparalleled. You could cut almost anything he says and use it as a hook.
Ice Cube. He dominated for an era. His mic presence and what he stood for meant a lot to hip-hop. One of a kind.
Redman. His wordplay, humor, storytelling and live show is all among the best of all time.