News: 2 Chainz Describes Nas' Greatness, Reveals Top 5 Dead Or Alive List [Video]

Sunday, Dec 8, 2013 9:35AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz recently dished out what five hip-hop artists make his all-time list including veterans like Scarface and living legend Jay Z.

Chainz started off his list with Face Mob, Nas and late rap icon Tupac Shakur.

"Scarface, I'm from the South. Geto Boys, Rap-A-Lot, they just had a lot to do with the grooming of young black males coming from where I'm from," Chainz explained in an interview. "You got Nasir Jones who is still relevant, who I think paints the dopest pictures you can paint in hip-hop. I think he's somewhat Picasso with the rap. ... Tupac was probably my favorite of all time. I named a lot of my mixtapes [after him]." (Sports Nation)

Deuce also saved a couple spots for late New York emcee Notorious B.I.G and his pal Jay Z.

"Biggie was another ill person. He had a lot of bangers out. His influence and people just followed his lifestyle and some of the things he said back then - people are just now catching onto," Chainz added. "Jay Z is one of the best ones doing it. Period. He just kinda shows us that rap is just a stepping stone to other things. So I appreciate his vision and I appreciate his savvy." (Sports Nation)

Outside of mogul talk, Chainz recently discussed working on his third solo effort.

"I'm already working on my third album, I have a single already. I never stop. The day my album dropped, I went to the studio," Chainz revealed in an interview. "I always had it in mind that I was gonna put Jay Z on my third album. I still feel like I have room to grow, I haven't peaked out yet. It's always exciting to get a verse or something from Jay Z for a new album. You've still got Eminem, you've got Andre 3000. You've got your 'A' list and then you've got your 'A-A' list. You've got your certain people that are very successful in the game right now." ("Jenny Boom Boom TV")

He briefly touched on the perception of not having enough promotion for his sophomore effort in September.

"You don't want to get into becoming angry rapper mode, pointing fingers at different people. I'm still confident in word of mouth as far as marketing and advertising. ... I'm kinda like on some laidback, humble stuff right now 'cause I really think I outdid myself on this album." ("The Breakfast Club")

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