Top 5 Dead Or Alive: "He Knows How To Pick Beats & Spit"
Friday, Jun 22, 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 Bobby V revealed his top picks earlier this week, producer Vice Souletric Beats brings out his fave five.]
Busta Rhymes. I've never seen him live but he's the emcee's emcee. As far as versatlity? He's the man. As far as his presence on tracks? He's tearing it apart.
Common. I put Common on there because he can touch on any subject. He's sort of what people are calling the conscious rapper. He has the great voice on the mic and he can tell stories. He has that real, original brand of hip-hop.
Andre 3000. He's another one. The thing about Andre, he drops whenever he wants to. Once he does drop [new music], it's always incredible. People want an album from him. He's just another one of those cats that's super gifted. He's just a super intelligent cat.
Snoop Dogg. Out of everyone in the Top 5, he's probably had some of the best commercial success. He knows how to make hit songs. That's one thing that a lot of non-mainstream and underground cats haven't been able to grasp. He knows how to pick beats. Snoop knows how to spit.
Lil Wayne. Just like Snoop Dogg, he's had some of the best commercial success. He knows how to make a hit that everybody likes rather than just one demographic. Lil Wayne knows how to pick beats and he keeps it very versatile with the type of sound that he messes with. Him and Snoop have to be there just off the fact they know how to make hits.