Posts from — October 2010
Lyricism is the key thing here though; you have some rappers who have catchy hooks/dances/verses, but can’t carry an album if you handed it to them. But lyricism is not the only criteria; rappers who have broken new ground also deserve consideration.
My list will have some people that may surprise, but I think true hip-hop heads know who’s who…let the debate begin:
The dirty dozen (in no particular order)
- Eminem. That one’s easy! There aren’t too many rappers as good as he is. As a hip-hop head going back to the days of The Sugar Hill Gang, I do not think he’s the best ever (as a lot of Johnny come latelys’ will say,) but he is certainly in the conversation with all of the greats on the microphone.
- Ludacris. Very, very underrated lyricist.
- Too Short. A legend, some people like him, some don’t, he one of the raunchuest to ever pick up a microphone, but his influence cannot be denied.
- Scarface Another legend. With the Geto Boys and as a solo artist, Scarface was in a class of his own.
- Andre 3000. Another underrated lyricist. Even Eminem said that Andre is one of the best rappers he’s ever heard. I happen to agree. Funky outfits aside, he is dope.
- UGK; Underground Kings (I take them together. One of the best groups in the history of hip-hop.)
- Lil Wayne. Like him or not, he is prolific. No one since Tupac has consistently created so much material.
- Drake. He is Kanye West without the attitude.
- Juvenile. Yeah Master P was the first big rapper from New Orleans, but Juvenile really showed us what that Southern slang was all about.
- Kanye West. Prolific hit maker that made intelligent lyrics and the preppie look cool again
- Young Jeezy. One of my personal favorites.
- Snoop Dogg. Another legend. His first album was a classic, and he’s showed staying power to remain relevant as long as he has.
Honorable Mentions-because I’ve always liked their music: Xzibit, Rass Kass, Eightball & MJG and TI.
October 25, 2010 Comments Off
College football is upside down right now. Alabama, the number one team last year lost to South Carolina, who then lost to Kentucky. Ohio State was number one for a whole week before their bubble burst, and Texas, who already lost to Oklahoma and UCLA, beat number five Nebraska. What in the name of the BCS is going on? I think we need a Congressional investigation into this mess.
October 19, 2010 Comments Off