AllHipHop.com caught up with Hot 97’s DJ Kay Slay to see who his Top 5 rap artists of all time were. DJ Kay Slay, who has seen many rappers come and go as a 30-year-veteran, might surprise you with his list. Maybe not, he is known as “The Drama King.”
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1. Grandmaster Melle Mel Hands down. He touched on topics in the late 70s and early 80s thats still relevant right now. You listen to The Message, and Beat Street Breakdown [from the Beat Street movie soundtrack]. Back then he mentioned dont be a slave to no computer. Man n***as didnt even know about computers in the 70s and 80s man! N***as didnt have Macs! He talked about The cheats the lies/The alibis/Mans foolish attempt to conquer the skies/Lost in space/What is it worth/The president just forgot about earth. Thats why they f**king with the moon and all that s**t now! They are trying to see if they can survive up that motherf**ker long enough to destroy this motherfucking planet and come back down here and start their own motherf**king nation of robots. Having n***as with barcodes on the back of their head. The s**t he talked about on that record made me say this is the greatest rapper of all time. I aint saying hes just one, n***a hes number 1 on my list. You disagreeing with me?
2. Grandmaster Caz –
You saying of all time. This is my era, son. Grandmaster Caz them n***as right there The Cold Crush Brothers, man they was the ones who started harmonizing and routines in Hip-Hop. Singing, fashion, the leather outfits, the belts dangling, the leather suits. Grandmaster Caz, he even wrote one of the biggest hip-hop records of all time, Rappers Delight. I gotta give it Grandmaster Caz second.
3. Nas –
Nas is just like such a deep brother. Whether he lives the s**t he speaks or not, hes real intelligent brother. He knows how to put them songs together to make you sit back and think. I am lyrical type cat, so I like to hear stories. And of course, his classic diss record, Ether. Takeover by Jay-Z was nice, but it wasnt geared all towards Nas. Nas dismantled that whole crew on that record dog. Please dont make me repeat the lyrics. But you know and I know, that record was so nasty when it came out, Jay-Z did not come back with a response to touch that.
4. Jay-Z –
Jay been lyrical from day one. He came up with one of the greatest lyricists, Jaz-O and he took the s**t to another level. What made me bug out now is despite whatever discrepancy I might have had with him, man his verse on the Snoops remix to I Wanna Rock is nuts. How he breaks down everyones name through each verse. Made me say, ok Jay, that n***a is nice. And I aint with none of that dumb illuminati s**t. I believe the black man is the true living god, I am a 5 Percenter. Im God Cipher Diving. I dont believe in Christianity, Catholics and that other s**t, but thats for another day. He aint no illuminati. He knows how to cause controversy and its real evident hes working on album. And its good when n***as are talking about you in any kind of light, you can turn a negative into a positive. Hes smart and hes doing what hes supposed to do. This is Hip-Hop and its part of the business of entertaining people.
5. Bun B – Bun B, a lot of brothers figure that Southern artists arent really lyricists up North. Fortunately, I know better. 8 Ball & MJG, spit. Ludacris spits. T.I. spits. Lots of brothers out there that spit. But Bun B. and Pimp C. been spitting hard, RIP Pimp, for along time. Bun B has done freestyles on New York tracks. When I hear a brother go off a New York track, I know where they are at lyrically. Bun B is one of them dudes, he can rhyme on anything. I never game him a beat and he said thats a little to this. Can you send me something else? Its like that whats you want n***a this what Ima give you. Lets go, and flip it. Bun B is spectacular cant leave him out of that.