[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 Lord Jamar revealed his fave five, G-Unit comedian Jack Thriller names his top picks.]
Michael Jackson. I don’t know if you can tell this by my name, but I’m the biggest Michael Jackson fan in the world. So that’s definitely number one. He’s the greatest of all time, man. Michael Jackson wanted me to be a star. He inspired people. He made grown a** men faint. He was an innovator and just so creative. He was a musical genius. He was out of this world. He didn’t even seem like he was from this world. Lil Wayne said he’s an alien and he’s a Martian, but Michael Jackson was a real Martian.
T.I. In the spirit of being from Atlanta, I have to give it to T.I. He’s like 5’8, 140 pounds but the way he talks and the way his music hits, you would think he’s seven feet tall and 300 pounds. He’s a lyricist, his music, it’s just emotional. You can hear the passion for it. So for that, I’m giving him number two. Like I said, I’m also from Atlanta. He had a lot to do with the person I’ve become today. As a matter of fact, he’s the one who named me Jack Thriller. For real.
Young Jeezy. When Young Jeezy came out in 2004 or 2005, he set the whole Atlanta on fire with this BMF movement. He shut the city down for miles. So many people would try to come and see him. When the whole BMF movement was out, they would go to different strip clubs and make it rain. You would go into the strip club and think you were walking into a snowstorm for real. His whole movement was to motivate the thugs and he even motivated the n*ggas that didn’t sell drugs. I sold drugs for one day because of Young Jeezy. It didn’t work out for me, some dude came up to me trying to buy some dope and was like, “Hey, I know someone who wants to buy some of this from you. Let me hold this and I’ll come back.” He never came back. Young Jeezy inspired that. For that, I give him number three.
50 Cent. In ’03, we never saw anything like 50 Cent. We were all sitting back waiting for this dude to die because he said he was going to get rich or die trying, everyone was trying to kill him, I’ve even seen footage of people shooting while 50’s on stage and he doesn’t even move because he knows they’re not shooting at him. He’s so gangster. 50 really impacted me as a comedian because I remember when he first came out, people used to say I look like a crossed-eyed 50 Cent. I would go on stage with a bulletproof vest on and an eye patch over my eye. I would do my sets like that. This was back in ’03, I hadn’t even met him yet.
Mint Condition. They’re the greatest band of all time. My sister used to play their music everyday when I used to get up and get ready for school. I had a chance to interview them last year and it went so well that they let me bring them out on stage. They’re just a really, really, dope group. Whenever I’m tired of hearing all that hip-hop sh*t, “I’ma kill you. I’ma sell all this dope. I f*cked your mama,” I put on Mint Condition and they balance me out.