Top 5 Dead Or Alive: "I Was Just Blown Away By His Raw Talent"
Wednesday, May 23, 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 J. Rawls gave his top hitmakers, singer Baiyu brings out her fave five spitters.]
Shyne. Even given all of these other circumstances, he's able to create music for his fans and for the hip-hop community. He creates music that's historic and memorable.
Fred the Godson. Fred the Godson is local and is down with the same people that I'm down with. He has the sickest flow and is one of the XXL Freshmen [of 2011].
Ali Vegas. He's super dope and I actually have a song with him. So I have to name him.
Missy Elliott. I think she's really dope and really outside of the box in the fashion sense as well. I sort of grew up and got a lot of my influences from her. She was really big in the 1990's for me. I won't stop until I do a song with her.
Busta Rhymes. He almost literally, singled handedly introduced me to hip-hop. I was "dragged" to his concert and didn't want to go but my friend told me I had to. At that time, I wasn't even a hip-hop head. When I went to the concert, I was just blown away by his raw talent. For me not to put him on the list would not be right.