[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 Jim Jones unleashed his fave five, Dipset’s Freekey Zekey dishes out his top picks.]
Juelz Santana. I got Juelz Santana on my list. Juelz is up there with the greats because he has really powerful music. His music isn’t just something good; you’re not just hearing an artist rapping. You can actually get into what he’s saying. When he talks, he’s straight direct to the point. He’s shooting rappers’ foreheads off.
Cam’ron. You know I have Cam’ron there. I pick Cam off of the fact that whenever he battles somebody, he just be demolishing them. Cam will not stop. Cam will hit you personally. A lot of rappers will say what they think they know, like, “You’re not getting money. You ugly.” Cam will get into your life. He’ll tell you how much you sold in your first week, he’ll tell you what you did on a Friday in 1989. He’s got an actual and factual flow. He’s so underrated.
Fabolous. I got Fabolous on there. I picked Fab because his wordplay is so crazy. On that “You Be Killin’ ‘Em” record, he uses the word, “shoe-i-cide.” He’s got some things. With him, it’s unexpected. With a lot of people, when they rhyme, you can expect the next word but when Fab rhymes, you don’t know where he’s going when he’s in the booth.
Kanye West. I got Kanye West on there. Kanye’s just got a style that’s phenomenal. He gets at you with his music. You gotta study what he’s saying. The average rapper can’t get on his level, because you have to really study up on what Kanye’s saying.
Big Pun. I’d have to say Big Pun. Pun was just phenomenal. He always had a surf board when he rapped. His flow was incredible. That “Little Italy” rhyme is still one of the hardest bars even to this day. Back then, they weren’t expecting Spanish rappers to be that hot. I never understood why you would segregate him just because he’s Spanish. He’s nasty. No one in the world could say Pun was wack. I got to meet Pun and his attitude was as happy-go-lucky as his skits were. He was a big part of me doing skits.