News: Pusha T Names His All-Time Favorite Rapper: "He's Better Than Rakim" [Video]

Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 2:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The Clipse's Pusha T recently spoke on his love for rap mogul Big Daddy Kane and explained why the hip-hop veteran stands out as his all-time favorite emcee.

Although he holds Rakim at a very high place as well, Pusha credited Big Daddy's "Wrath of Kane" as being the deciding factor in ranking him the best rapper.

"First of all, I came to the conclusion that Big Daddy Kane was my favorite rapper just recently when I was creating Wrath of Caine. 'Wrath of Kane' is the record that he did that made me be like, 'You know what? He wins.' Big Daddy Kane is probably one of the flyest, most influential rappers. The Wrath of Caine was based off Big Daddy Kane's record, 'The Wrath of Kane.' That was probably the record that made me say that he was my favorite rapper, of all time, like the best, better than Rakim, which is a debate I've been going through my whole life as a youth and hip-hop addict." ("Nardwuar")

Recently, Pusha announced his own, personal top five hottest emcees list right now.

"If I had to just name out five right now, right now, who's just doing they thing, I would say myself," Pusha said. "I feel like I get busy. I feel like I do it in the spirit of hip-hop, I feel like I take risks -- I feel like Kanye West is definitely on that top ten, that top five because if you look at the top ten, four people on that top ten were influenced by what Ye got, including myself, Chainz, Sean and Ye himself. So I think you got to put him in there. I think you got to put Kendrick in there. I think he's like, he's killing the game. I think you have to. I think you got to put Drake in there as well. You know what I'm saying? He's rapping. I think you got to put Ross in there as well just because his presence in the clubs, so on and so forth is heavy and his movement with his guys, Meek, he ushered them out, Wale, and stuff like that. I feel like that's five strong in different categories and you can even look at everybody for who they are and be like, 'Okay, I can see why he's thinking that.'" (Hot 107.9)

Earlier this year, Big Daddy spoke on his admiration toward seeing his protégé Jay-Z turn into a rap god.

"I'm happy for him. I've always thought that dude was a good rapper and always wanted to see him achieve the best and he has," Kane said in an interview. "[Nets in Brooklyn?] That's beautiful. I love when big things happen for Brooklyn. I used to love the Nets back when Jayson Williams was playing for them. I hope they get it together and are able to contend for a championship. Even if they don't win, I'd love to see them in the playoffs and the Finals." (Complex)

Coincidentally, Jay brought out Kane at his Nets Barclays Center inaugural concert series last fall.

Another Brooklynite -- Big Daddy Kane -- made an appearance, performing songs like "Ain't No Half Steppin'" and "Warm It Up, Kane." He received a roaring cheer from the crowd when performing old-school dance moves with two dancers in all white. Jay-Z said Friday's concert was incomparable to most of his other top-level performances, including the Grammys, Glastonbury or Coachella. "Nothing feels like tonight," he told the crowd multiple times. (Washington Post)

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