[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 Avery Storm revealed his fave five, R&B singer Bobby V dishes out his top picks.]
Drake. [He] the shit. I’m kinda mad at Drake ’cause he takin my job. He’s singin’ and rappin’, so he makin’ it tough for me. He do it all. I rock with Drake a lot. A lot of his records, I’m definitely like, “Yea,” when it come to Drake. He makes good music.
Andre 3000. I like people that’s on that whole vibe. [He] loves music. Like [he] could be an R&B artist almost because he’s musical, you know. I ain’t no big rap head like that, but I do really respect the rappers that get into real music.
Rick Ross. Ross, he makes really good albums, you know what I’m saying. His singles and stuff, they’re kinda like more club records or radio records but his albums–he makes really good albums. That’s one thing I can say I can [attribute] to Rick Ross is I can tell his albums are really put together. They’re not just thrown together. They always have thought.
Nicki Minaj. I would say her because for her to be the only female in a male-dominated…when it comes to hip-hop…it’s very hard for females to make it in music, but it’s even harder for them to make it in rap. I applaud her and I really look up to her because she’s a female doin’ her thing in a male-dominated game. When females started rappin’…people don’t really take females seriously, but she made a statement to be like, Ya’ll gonna take me serious, you know. Like I can spit bars with the rest of ‘em.
Jadakiss. He’s a pure MC. If somebody asked me the definition of an MC, it’s Jadakiss. Like, he’s a real rapper.