[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. This week, R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn delivers his fave five.]
Wu-Tang Clan. They’re responsible for an era of music. When they came out, nobody had done it like them. They re-wrote the script. Not just for the artistry but from the business standpoint. They killed the game. They did their thing as a group and then put out their own solo albums. Ghostface tours forever. They’re always working.
The Roots. They can really rap. When you listen to that first, you can see how much they’ve grown. It’s across the board. Creatively? They’re the sh*t. They’re the equivalent of the hip-hop Rolling Stones. Their live shows can win you over.
OutKast. They really represent the South. To me, they’re iike the original Southern hipsters. They were on some Southern hipster sh*t. They were just dope. They took the responsibility early in their careers and early in their music videos. They really had everybody in their music videos. They really held their city down.
Queen Latifah. Why wouldn’t you put her in here? She’s the queen. She went from rapping to having a management company to doing her thing as an actress and in film, she’s done it all. She belongs in the Top 10.
Doug E. Fresh. He’s one of the greatest entertainers in hip-hop.