Top 5 Dead Or Alive: "He Can Rock A Song W/ Eminem & Not Get Knocked Out"
Wednesday, May 16, 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 Sak Pase scooped out his top spitters last week, Crooked I unloads his favorite rappers.]
Joe Budden. Joe Budden is in there because he's got emotions with his music. On the West Coast, we're kind of laid back, there's a lot of green floating in the sky, even in our hoods, where the proverty is, at least there's sunshine. That's kind of a different look. The musicians out here have funk and soul. Joey's got all of that. He's got soul and so much sh*t. He's just emotional and it brings that realness to his lyrics.
Royce Da 5'9. He's in there because since day one, he's probably one of the only cats that can rock a song with Eminem and not get knocked out. From day one. From Bad Meets Evil up until today. That's a long time span. I've seen people fall off in a shorter time span. He's in there, bars galore.
Joell Ortiz. I think he's in there because he represents that New York rugged and raw sh*t. When I think about that raw hip-hop and that boom bap hip-hop, I don't think nobody represents it better than Joell Ortiz right now. I'm willing to put my money up, go on TV and debate this.
Crooked I. I just think I'm the illest West Coast artist, ever. I work hard. I'm trying to get in there and smash all of the competition.
Bun B. I know Bun is in there for sure because he's put in his time. He's truly a student of hip-hop. The skills are there and he's represented Houston lovely since Scarface passed it on. Bun has held down Houston and the South in general. I've seen so many people come up to him like Lil Wayne and salute him.