[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 Denzil Porter unleashed his fave five last week, rap veteran Sadat X names his top picks.]
Showbiz & AG. I loved the album they came out with, [1992’s] Runaway Slave, that was a beast. I like their work ethic. That’s still part of my daily rotation. That album is still in my daily rotation.
EPMD. It was for a stretch, like five or six years, where they were coming out with back to back to back to back hits. They just had those hard beats and so that’s why I put them on there.
Masta Ace. I like Masta Ace because he always kept his style but when he did his Sittin’ On Chrome, he took a risk, went outside the box and won with that. He took a risk when dudes in New York weren’t taking risks and I respect him for that.
RA Rugged Man. I like the Rugged Man because he just doesn’t care. He steps on people’s toes, he’s obnoxious and he’s my man, so I rock with him.
UGK. Bun B and Pimp C. I like them dudes and they gave me a good vibe. I remember we did a show down there in Houston and they came to check for us. I didn’t have any idea they knew about us, so we connected and I just saw they were on that early Southern vibe. They were one of the groups that pioneered for the South. There’s certain groupls like 8Ball & MJG, they’re the pioneers for what it is right now down there. I just like their sound, it was something you could kick back and smoke to. I like them for that.