Top 5 Dead Or Alive: "Their Swagger Definitely Set It Off In The West Coast"
Wednesday, Mar 14, 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 John Regan dished out his top five favorite emcees, 112's Slim names his favorite rappers.]
Common. The reason why I named Common is because when you look at all of the records he's done, how ecletic they were, he had all kinds of different styles of music. Then you have to look at the man off the stage with the charity stuff he's done. He's a good guy.
OutKast. At the end of the day, they're one of the first cats who got The Source's 5 Mics on an album from the ATL. They definitely put ATL on the freakin' map which opened up things for the Goodie Mob crews, and 112.
UGK. First and foreomst, that's how I knew about Texas. I was blessed to meet Pimp C and become very, very good friends with him. I want to say 8Ball & MJG too because if you know one thing about Memphis, it's the place where they have live instruments and I was so captivated to listening to those mood records. So it's almost a tie with UGK and 8Ball & MJG.
N.W.A. I have to name N.W.A. and it's not just off the fact that I'm a Raiders fan, but it was just how raw the music was and how they influenced hip-hop as a whole. Their swagger definitely set it off in the West Coast. That led to a whole bunch of things like Snoop Dogg and the G-Funk style era. Even being in 112, that influenced us. Just listen to "Peaches & Cream," that had the whole West Coast, G-Funk style. We took a lot of stuff from all aspects of hip-hop and put it into R&B.
Wu-Tang Clan. Who could have ever seen a movement like what they brought? That's completely amazing.