MCs, I want to get your Top 5 Dead Or Alive. Please, tell me who made
your list and why.
you know how that is, that changes a lot. Once you finish making your
list and you give it some thought, youll think about some more artists
and MCs that you like. Youll think, damn, he was up there, too! Thats
always been hard for me. Ive been a fan of Hip-Hop since the very
early 80s. My s*** has accumulated and sometimes Ill forget.
Ill give you roughly, my Top 5.
go with Jay-Z. At the time when he first came in the game it was like
the early 90s, the early to mid-90s. He came in when there
were a lot of heavy hitters out. At that time right there, being lyrical
is what you had to be. There was no way around it! There was no faking
the funk. You couldnt do that half-steppin, and just be saying
some s***. You had to be accountable. He came through at that
time and he was good. He didnt let go at all. Still to this day,
he can go in the booth and rip up some s***. At the time, it was just
a matter of holding your own. And he was one of them MCs that could
hold his own. Hes proven that with longevity.
MC Shan. He was one of the artists to me that made me pay attention.
He made me listen and almost see the story that he was saying. He would
tell a story like, Left Me Lonely, and Project Ho, and songs
like that. You could almost see the people and the places he was talking
about when he was rapping. That always stuck with me. He painted a vivid
picture. Back then, he was one of the people who started me wanting
Slick Rick. Wow! He continued that legacy [of storytelling]. When Slick
Rick came along, I thought it was pretty much over with. He was brighter!
You were actually almost there with him instead of looking at him. You
know, Childrens Story, and Hey Young World, songs like
that, it was like you were like right there with him. If MC Shan made
me start rapping, I guess Slick Rick made me continue it.
because of Slick Rick. He came first with the fur Kangol, too. I didnt
totally bite his style; because, I had different kinds of Kangols,
too. He pretty much had the fuzzy one all the time, and stuff. But,
I made sure that I didnt get too far from it. Slick Rick, you know,
he was my guy. I wasnt really rapping then; I was still kinda just
deejaying and break dancing. I was a music listener and lover then,
but Ive always had Slick Rick around.
the homie, Nas. Not only is he one of the great men with the lyricshes
painting the pictureyou can see him. When MC Shan raps youre there
with him. Its like how Slick Rick did, too. When it comes to his
rhymes, sometimes you can be there with him and sometimes yall can
be together. With Nas music and the stories that he tells, it seems
like you and him are together, looking at something else. It was a blessing
just to be able to do song with him. He was a part of my project, too.
That was one of the greatest things thats ever happened in my career,
too. I got a chance to meet him and he was likewise appreciative of
my music. That kinda really did a whole lot for me, you what Im saying.
Snoop, being involved with Scarface, Too Short, De La Soul, artists
like that; they appreciate me. They got some nice music, and they actually
appreciate what I did. Nas is one of those artists. Hes
not only one of my favorites, hes a lot of peoples favorite artist.
You know, Nas, he knows what hes doing. He represents to the fullest
as far as Hip-Hop. Hes done a lot for Hip-Hop. Just to be involved
with Nas on any project is a wonderful thing.
would be T-La Rock. He has a song called Its Yours. He has
other songs, too. He was like, my favorite MC. Back in the day, when
the songs was pretty much like, throw your hands in the air,
and wave em like you just dont caresay, ho. There really
wasnt that much lyrical stuff going on. He was one of the first artists
that came along and just started coming with huge words that made sense;
he also came with a rhyme pattern, and a cadence which showed he could
rap. The way that he would say these words would be crazy! It was crazy;
hardly nobody was doing it at the time. When he came on the scene, he
changed the whole vocabulary of rapping. He was innovative; he changed
things! Thats what made me say, okay, Rap is here and its not
going nowhere for a long time.
“Its Yours” – T La Rock