Put On For My City Pt. III: Has-Lo Vs. XV

Put On For My City Pt. III: Has-Lo Vs. XV

Congrats to XV for hitting Chingy‘s jackpot in Round 2 with an 80% win. But can XV blow out another win for the Dust Bowl, or will Philadelphia’s Has-Lo get all the love? Whose list gets the final props? You decide!



Poll Results

Wu-Tang Clan. You can’t just pick one because when you do, then you’ll think of another reason to pick someone else in there. So you have Raekwon, Ghostface, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck and Method Man. I love all of them.

Busta Rhymes. He’s an honor to work with and [it’s] an honor to have a feature from. In the world’s eye, I feel like people don’t give him the credit that he’s really due for his wordplay, his flow patterns and his breathing control. And he’s made a lot of f*cking great albums.

Cormega straight out of Queensbridge, [for] his consistency and rawness. He’s the blueprint of what you loved about Queens hip-hop but he’s one of the only ones that’s still consistency giving you what you want in that capacity. He’s another unstated artist. He’s really lyrical but does not get noticed for how lyrical he really is.

Common. He’s been consistent and kind of has the Jay-Z factor without being as cool. He can appeal to the masses throughout generations. He was able to put out Like Water For Chocolate for generations that I couldn’t really get with but I can still tell you about [2005’s] Be and the effect the album had on artists coming up like me. Even now, he’s still making albums and being relevant to the mainstream, commercial and underground. So Common has to be my number two.

MC Lyte. She was one of the first people I heard when I was getting into hip-hop. She was one of the people to inspire me to write my first rhyme. I was in love with her when I was younger, with everything that she did. From the height of her career to all of her albums.

OutKast. I always considered them with the Eminem’s and the Jay-Z’s and the Biggie’s and all that because they’ve been together ever since 1994. So they’re going in there.

EPMD. These guys were like the second hip-hop tapes I got when I was younger. When Strictly Business came out, EPMD just blew me away. I don’t know what it was about them but they just blew me away with their music. I loved the flow, beats, chemistry and rhymes. I don’t even have any real kind of scientific reason behind it. I just love EPMD.

Ludacris. He’s another artist that I feel kinda gets slept on. I think he’s kind of like OutKast. He’s been a commercial success since the beginning. He blew up with a commercial record but he has always spit and made great albums. I wasn’t really a big fan of Battle of the Sexes, I feel like he was really consistent [with other albums]. So I definitely will say Luda.

Mos Def. Mos was someone that was dropping a lot of jewels. He was one of the first people that sort of gave it to me that and [made it] digestible. It wasn’t from a high place, he was the guy that was standing next to you. [He’s] someone you could picture yourself having a relationship with and being friends with. Someone you could really speak to. It really influenced the way I rap today by being able to say something without being on a soapbox and to be able to be witty, funny and knowledgable all at the same time.

50 Cent. 50’s my final pick. I’ll tell you this about 50, 50 is one of the very few artists that has [maintained] what he’s stood for ever since he came into the game. I see so many artists, and I respect their evolution, but 50 Cent is the one artist that’s stayed true to what he stood for when he came into the game. So sometimes people will say, “Yeah, I wish he would give us Get Rich or Die Tryin’ again,” but they don’t realize they were just in that moment. He’s still making that type of music in every album, mixtape but you just don’t notice it. That initial hype isn’t there anymore because [back then] he was shot like 21 times and Eminem was signing him. But he’s still saying the same sh*t and that’s why I gotta name 50. A lot of people hated on his last album but it was crazy.

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