[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 Twista unloaded his top spitters, R&B diva Keri Hilson undresses her fave five.]
Kanye West. Kanye West is on my list because lyrically and production-wise, he’s incredible. I like people who take risks. Kanye West is one of those people that does it very well.
Lil Wayne. There’s so many reasons. His lyrics and wordplay are incredible. I honestly believe at this very moment, he’s incomparable. I’m always amazed. I could hear [a Lil Wayne track] a million times and straight up until the millionth time, I’m still like, “Wow, really?” I keep on wondering what’s he thinking when he’s saying what he’s saying. His brain, it’s incredible. His stream of consciousness is crazy.
Andre 3000. I am really awaiting his comeback to music. I also appreciate everything that he’s done. He’s very versatile.
Snoop Dogg. He’s a legend. For that reason only he belongs on my list. He’s an icon, served his time in this industry and has proven he has staying power. I believe if he wants to he can do records for ten more years.
Cee-Lo. I was a huge Goodie Mob fan. I can even recite a couple of Cee-Lo raps. I used to love his flow and how soulful he was. I loved his voice, delivery and like I’ve said, I’m a huge fan of versatility and people that takes risks. He’s definitely one of those people.