[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 Beanie Sigel named his fave five, West Coast rapper Ca$his dishes out his top choices.]
Ca$his. For me, I know all of my material. I just think line for line, what I’ve gave out to you on mixtapes and freestyles, I’ve never put out bad quality. I’m giving you bars. I give people a distinctive flow and a distinctive feeling. That’s why I definitely put myself up there.
Lil Wayne. I’ve been rocking with Wayne since Hot Boys, when I was a young dude and Wayne was putting it down. If with a baby voice, Wayne was still putting it down. Now it’s just the evolution. To the level he’s at? He just doesn’t give a f*ck. He does the music he wants. I’ve never heard him do some sell-out sh*t. At one point, he couldn’t even crack platinum and then once he did, it was over. He hasn’t looked back yet. That’s why I gotta give it up to him.
Twista. He’s the best fast rapper there ever was and ever will be. He’s the Michael Jordan of fast rapping. He’s actually saying bars with it and he’s got some swag with it. I definitely have to say that for Twista.
DJ Quik. I think DJ Quik is the one-man band. He’s got a cold voice, he’s got bars, he can mix and engineer. There’s nothing that he can’t do. I know Quik is one of the best engineers I have ever heard. He’s one of the best.
Kurupt. He’s sheer raw talent. I think Kurupt was born with a microphone in his hand. I think he was meant to rhyme. He loves it. It’s in his soul to be an emcee. As far as being an emcee, Kurupt is a true emcee. I have to give it up to him for that.