Top 5 Dead Or Alive: "At His Prime, Nobody Was Touching Him"
Friday, May 25, 2012 12:10AM
[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 Baiyu brought out her fave five spitters, New York rapper Nems unleashes his top rhymers.]
Nems. I have to name myself because it's me and I really feel like I'm the best sh*t that's out.
Big Pun. I had to name Pun because that's my favorite rapper. I feel like his music was dope and he was way ahead of his time.
Big L. I've got Big L in here for the same reasons as Pun but it's not so much his music but his lyrics were so far ahead of its time. Even with people now, the emulate his style. It's like how he said, "How come, you could listen to my first album and hear where cats got their whole style from." That's true. I feel like that.
DMX. DMX is just real. His music is incredible. He may not be the most lyrical one out, but his music is incredible and it's real sh*t and it's from the heart. I respect him because he's been through real stuff and talks about it. His music is for the people.
Prodigy. At his prime, nobody was touching him. Nobody was touching Prodigy. You could listen to Infamous, Hell on Earth, Murda Muzik and even f*cking H.N.I.C.. Those were four classic albums. He started a lot of trends.