Top 5 Dead Or Alive: "Raekwon's Got The Illest Style In Hip-Hop"
Friday, Jun 15, 2012 12:15AM
[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 David E. Beats unloaded his fave five, West Coast rap veteran Planet Asia reveals his top rhyme spitters.]
Black Thought. First off, my crew are the best rappers in the world. Now outside of my crew, I definitely have to name Black Thought. He's the emcee's emcee. He's the perfect rapper. When you're talking about the emcee's emcee, you're talking about Black Thought. He can do everybody's rhymes. He can do other people's rhymes better than them.
Pharoahe Monch. He's not human. He's on some alien type sh*t like, "How did you do that?"
Big Pun. Big Pun is the best rapper. Period. Pun is the best rapper that ever did it. Puerto Rican or not. It's for the simple fact that for the size that he was and for the way he came off like the way he came off, and the sh*t that he was saying, he made you want to just punch somebody.
Raekwon. Raekwon's got the illest style in hip-hop. The way he puts his slang together is the illest. He's got the illest slang.
E-40/Too Short. I gotta put them both in there. E-40 is like a West Coast Pharoahe Monch to me. I'm not saying he sounds like Pharoahe Monch but it's because I don't know how the f*ck he does that sh*t and his concepts are so ill. If you haven't been to the Bay or at least lived in Cali for a little bit, you won't really get what E-40 is on. He's the equivalent of a Pharoahe Monch in terms of talking about how we're living out here. He says sh*t that's f*cking amazing. You've got to put Too Short in there because I remember seeing Too Short perform with Run-DMC. Run-DMC. E-40 and Too Short.