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 hip-hop journalist Andreas Hale gave his fave five earlier this week, Warner Bros. recording artist and son of Tommy Hilfiger Rich Hil shoots over his Top 5 favorite hip-hop artists.
Jadakiss. Jadakiss is one of my favorites. He doesn’t give a f*ck, you know? To me, as a Hip Hop fan, I don’t like seeing artists that go mainstream and start changing.
Bubonic (Philly’s Most Wanted). He’s from that era of Philly music where they first started using real lyricism and real raw, hungry delivery. There’s something about his wordplay that we won’t even get ’til we’re dead.
Andre 3000. 3000 is not afraid to be proper and take it to another place. There’s only so much you can get me out of my element, singing wise. Rapping, I can give you just about anything. I feel like Andre 3000 isn’t scared to take it anywhere.
Lil Wayne. The voice and emotion that Wayne uses is great. Also, he’s a hard worker: He’s made so many songs in such a short amount of time … and no matter what he says you feel it. If he was about to f*ckin’ cry in the booth … you would hear it. There’s vulnerability with Wayne; I like to see artists that have real life problems because you can relate.
Fabolous. I gotta say Fab. His lazy flow and delivery is swagged out. Anytime you see him, he’s like that. Everytime. When he’s rapping, Fab doesn’t have to kill himself running out of breath on a record but every line is sick.