“Public Enemy Was The Soundtrack To My College Life”

“Public Enemy Was The Soundtrack To My College Life”

[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 Nems unleashed his top rhymers last week, Hollywood director David Talbert drops his fave five rappers.]

  • WaleWale. For one, he’s from my hometown, Washington, D.C. and I think people are sleeping on him.

  • p-q-tip.jpgQ-Tip. We’re going back to the A Tribe Called Quest Q-Tip. That is timeless, grown and sexy music.

  • CommonCommon. Oh man, I picked Common because he put his father on a track, spoken word. Just hearing those tracks with his father puts me over the top. He’s saying something too.

  • Chuck D of Public EnemyChuck D. I went to a black college, Morgan State, and so Public Enemy was the soundtrack to my college life. We were really proactive, political, socially active. “Fight the Power” had just came out and that’s what really was the soundtrack to my college days. When I look back, that song is what I remember. That’s what moved us as young black students on a black campus, fighting for more commodations.

  • Ice CubeIce Cube. I’m going back to Amerikkka’s Most Wanted Ice Cube. I’m talking about “No barking from the dog, no smog/And mom cooking breakfast with no hog.” That’s the Ice Cube I’m talking about. “Today Was A Good Day.” That’s my man.

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