[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 Keri Hilson undressed her fave five, fellow singer Olivia names her top picks.]
Lil Wayne. I would have to name Lil Wayne in my list. I have loved Wayne since his Hot Boys days. I’ve always been a huge fan of his and loved what he’s done in rap.
Kanye West. Kanye West is in my list of course. I love him just because he’s a cocky a**hole. I love it. Even when people started hating on him, I loved it. I will always rock with Kanye West no matter what’s going on with him.
Andre 3000. I definitely have to put Andre 3000 in there. He was always different with his music. He was never afraid to try anything and it didn’t matter what it was. Andre’s originality was always something I really admired.
Drake. I didn’t really want to [say] the kid from Canada’s name, Drake, because he was a little bit of a hater. But he definitely is dope. So I’ll give him his props still. I’m the most impressed with his rapping skills. I listened to his mixtape stuff as well. I’m a fan of real rap and that’s why I love artists like Mos Def. If you’re dope, I’ll listen to you. I don’t just jump on the bandwagon because everybody else does.
Busta Rhymes. My last pick would be for Busta Rhymes. Busta is just amazing. Even [as a member of] Leaders of the New School, you always knew he was the star of the group. He’s just a great guy and keeps on getting better as he progresses. Even the stuff he puts out now is killing the young kids. Busta is always going to be one of the best in my eyes.