Blu Vs. WC

Blu Vs. WC

Congrats to Round 2 winner Blu for blowing away fellow Left Coast lyricist YG with an 81% win. But the final showdown for the Wild Wild West’s top gunner pits Blu versus Westside Connection’s WC. Can the “New West” show and prove or will the “Old West” reign supreme? Whose list gets the final props?


Poll Results

I want to go with OutKast as one entry for my first pick. Look at what they’ve done across the board. Big Boi is the street and Andre is straight from outer space. And then they meet at a medium on all those records. It’s a sound that’s out of this world. It’s so relevant.

Ice Cube was a part of the most controversial group and the most powerful crew at the time, The Bomb Squad. Cube was the first n*gga to come out there from Cali and just murdered. Cube is a legend.

Redman. Just look at [his album] Muddy Waters. Hands down. There’s no album where verse for verse for 23 songs, [the artist] is just beasting. There’s no other reason you need to know other than that album.

LL Cool J needs to be in there too. I don’t know why he ain’t in the Hall of Fame though. The f*cked up thing to me is looking at what records rappers are doing now and people not looking at what rappers have done to make this rap sh*t happen. Without people like LL, you wouldn’t have all of us. We wouldn’t be able to move around the way we move around. So why not give props when props is due? He made records that made you party, records that made you want to punch n*ggas and he had the females. He knew how to make hot records.

Common gets my pick for dropping all of the knowledge and letting the up-and-coming generations know that it’s all good to be a positive role model on the mic. But at the same time, he’s showing you can still bring it. Common was Common and even brought it to Ice Cube back in the day. And at the time, Common was like the younger head and definitely put in a lot work.

Dr. Dre. H*ll yeah you gotta include Dr. Dre in there. Look at what he’s done as a rapper and producer. He’s put out the careers of Eminem and 50 Cent. He put them out on a worldwide circuit. I got to go with Dre.

Black Thought. Black Thought drops way too many gems in his music. You can uncover a Black Thought line years later that’s so impactful and play it over and over. You’ll probably uncover five Black Thought lines in a year that you never thought about. Like, “D*mn, I’ve been listening to this album for years and I just now am getting that line.”

EPMD. Come on. As a duo? They brought that funk to hip-hop that a lot of people weren’t up on at the time. Then they put on Redman and brought that funk.

Mos Def, for being like hip-hop’s first “little brother”. He was like Afrika Bambaataa and everybody all the way down. He was like a baby KRS-One. I feel like when Mos Def dropped, he was all of the New York emcees in one. That’s Mos Def to me. I don’t know any other way to explain it. If you listen to him, you can hear it.

I’m going to end it with Public Enemy. They were rebels. They helped revolutionize the game. They brought a message and a big element to the rap game. They were something that was needed.

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