Nelly is one of the most popular rappers ever and his business acumen is one of his traits that is grossly overlooked. But when it comes to taking all that he is and pinning down his influences, he finds it difficult. Nevertheless, AllHipHop managed to get his Top 5 Dead or Alive..or Top 7...something like that.
AllHipHop.com: AllHipHop's Top 5 Dead or Alive is one feature on that we had to get from Nelly. What are your Top 5?
Nelly: Thats a question that people get burned on a lot.
AllHipHop.com: Awww, come on
Nelly: Dont get it twisted, I think its still open for debate. But to name five?
AllHipHop.com: Yes, your favorite five.
Nelly: Im tell you why its hard where I come from [St. Louis], were surrounded by everybody. Its easier for someone on the East Coast to give his Top 5. Its easy for someone on the West Coast to give his Top 5. But with us being in the middle like that, were influenced by all over. Its not like we want to alienate one side or the next.
But dont get it twisted, obviously were going to start with Tupac and Biggie. Ima throw LL [Cool J] in there how can you not? How can not throw in the G.O.A.T.? I think he gets overlooked so much from that standpoint. Further on down the line, Id like to get into like Scarface. Im a huge Rap-A-Lot fan. I think Ice Cube. I think he gets overlooked. But then again, I could come back and I could say Rakim. You know what Im saying? Ima definitely say KRS as much as you do that, hes the teacher.
Thats why I say it kinda gets blinded. Cause if you move on now, I mean youre gonna say Jay-Z. Whether you want to recognize or not, youve gotta say Lil Wayne, because its a never-ending cycle. Thats why I say I get f*cked up on that question. I mean, I love E-40!
THE SIDEBARNelly took the time to tell us his favorite groups of all time.
We were discussing this back home whats the best rap group of all time? Someone said, Nelly, I think the St. Lunatics are one the best. I went in like I like Run DMC, obviously. But someone from the West Coast was like I like NWA. And I was like, I see you saying that being where he was from. And then we went to Outkast and Goodie Mob, but it all depends on where youre from and what youve grown up on.