Zack de la Rocha
The Last Emperor
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Zack de la Rocha
The Last Emperor
I really like Del da Funky Homosapien and MF Doom as well as their multiple personalities. Something about mixing hiphop and nerd culture gets me. Not to mention they are both very inventive and at times thought provoking. Illmatic is one of the few albums that I love that exhalts the "street" life. Most hip hop dealing with those topics comes off as trite and lazy. In my native toungue(spanish) theres alot of talent. My favorites being Calle 13, Koxmoz and Mala Rodriguez.
Tha Ruler Rick (Slick Rick)
Big Daddy Kane
Wu Tang Clan
ugk, z-ro, scarface, sean price, common,nas, az, outkast, or almost anyone rappin over dj premier i'll listen to
and if anyone says lil wayne on their list they should be awarded negative eleventy billion points bc he is straight trash
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
A Tribe Called Quest
De La Soul
Was he the first to rap "I got my mind on my money/money on my mind/finga on the trigga/hand on my 9"? I know that Akon (in a Wyclef song) and someone else have quoted that line. Of course, the first part was in Gin n' Juice.
Blackalicious and Aesop Rock stand apart to me. Their awareness of the human condition and their commentary on our society are well informed. The whole Gorillaz Crew is sick as well.
I agree with the Nas crowd, Illmatic will forever be one of the best albums ever.
Jay Z .. 2pac .. B.I.G ... and as far as now days .. T.I and Wiz Khalifa who is under the radar .. he is from Pitt and his song "thrown" is a fresh sound .. he reminds me of Fiasco a bit
In no paticular order:
and Saul Williams if he even counts
Ma$e - He's making another come back.
Too bad he didn't stick around...
He probably has 4 years of eligibility left, so maybe RR can sign him as a D-line recruit.
So i'm gonna go with 2pac, Big L, and most of Wu Tang.
Also, Cassidy, Blackstarr, and Tribe.
Big L is way under represented on this thread. Hands down, easily top 5 ever. Also Big Punisher should get some recognition. Fantastic ability probably top 12-15 all time.
Jay-Z- better than Nas if only for quite possibly the greatet rap album ever, his debut, Reasonable Doubt. No Nas song can equal "Can I Live" or "D'Evils," or the versatility on "22 two's" and oozing flow on "Cashmere Thoughts." There isnt a week song on the album. His use of different rhyme schemes, the (PRIMO!) beats, and his flow are amazing.
Biggie- as Jigga said if he aint the best hes the closest one. BIG is still unsurpassed in lyricism, flow, and rhyme. Easily better than Pac ever was, and its really impossible to name anyone that surpasses him.
Big L- fantastic flow and lyricism, even beats out Jay-Z (before Jigga had come into his own) on the infamous freestyle. Problem hes not such a great story teller, his images are not as strong. For example, his most famous narrative attempt, "the heist," is fairly week.
Wu Tang- as a group is unstoppable. 36 Chambers is one of the greatest rap albums ever, and thats ignoring the individual work.
Outkast- fantastic funk, best Southern rap available
Nas- amazing of course. As to the Jay-Z debate he has no one song or album that can equal Reasonable Doubt. His flow is choppier and less refined, as are his rhyme schemes. However, its really hard to beat his best stuff like the opening verse to N.Y. State of Mind.
Eminem-for those of you who dont remember or appreciate the D-12 monster, this man used to be outstanding.
Currently, for you Michigan kids Black Milk is worth checking out. Clipse, and the Re-Up Gang are a good listen.
Take out Jay-Z, and throw Tupac in there, and that would sum up my list. Actually, Mos Def should be included as well, as a freestyle rapper he's hard to beat.
Nas - (but i still maintain that I prefer Jay-z)
Grandmaster Flash (yes, i went there.)
Andre3000 (and Big Boi/Outkast)
Eminem (before he got too corny.)
But some less spoken about rappers (some have already been mentioned):
Big L (man could free style.)
The Lox (Specifically Jada Kiss)
Lost Boyz (Renee is prototypical early 90s rap song.)
What ever happened to Canibus? I didn't necessarily like him, but found him at least intriguing.
would be may fave hands down.
After him I like Eminem - old school TRU, old Dre, old 2pac, and old No Limit (P and Silkk mostly).
Good under the radar hip hop would be: Killafornia and the album Bayani
but let me convert some of you plebes now. (Warning: song contains wacky politics and whatnot, still catchy as hell)
Yeah man, "universal truth is not measured in mass appeal!" Rock on!
[/goes back to playing NCAA 10]