What you’re about to read are just my thoughts man. Just what I was feeling at the time.
Last week Royce da 5’9 (solo rapper, 1/2 of BAD meets Evil, 1/2 of Phryme and 1/4 of Hip Hop super group Slaughterhouse) released a freestlye to DJ Khaled’s “I Got the Keys.”
Simply put…it was fucking EPIC (pardon the language, but we discussed my affinity for EMINEM right?).
But the awesomeness didn’t end there. Today, I was just going about my business…ya know going through the daily grind and BAM! He did it again! Nickle dropped another freestyle. This time it’s called “Beats Keep Callin’.”
I’ve never heard dude rap on beats that are uniquely southern, TRAP BEATS are what some people might call the. But no matter the production style Royce has BARS!
This isn’t a post about “back in my day” yada yada yada. I’m 27. I was born in ’89, so I was either not alive or pretty young during the “good old days” of Hip Hop. However, I know what I like and I think I know what good is. This is what I THINK real Rap should sound like. Royce’s delivery is fluid. His word play is impeccable and I CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT HE’S SAYING! No mumble rapping over here guys.
This got me to thinking about MY favorite rappers. So here ya go my TOP 10 DEAD or ALIVE…sorry couldn’t limit it to 5.
I am not and do not claim to be a HIP HOP “authority.” This list is not in any particular order.
TOP 10 Rappers Dead OR Alive
- Nas- dude is lyrically vicious both consciously and streetwise
- 2 Pac- he was ferocious in his delivery, articulate in his speech and inspiring in his actions.
- Jadakiss- As a breakout and standout member of the LOX, Kiss shuts things down with a style that is timeless and uniquely his own.
- Jay-Z- there is not another ARTIST that has transitioned their music into any empire in the way HOV has. PLUS he’s got bars and hits for days.
- Snoop Dogg- Have you heard “Murder was the Case”? The artistry the ability to tell that story is impeccable. I also love Snoop’s transition in rap. His style now is subtly different from his early years. It seems a bit more soulful and adult but it’s still Snoop.
- Method Man- Let’s be honest, in order to be a member of the Wu dude HAD to be a lyrical sniper. From C.R.E.A.M, to I’ll Be There For You/ You’re All I Need To Get By, and even his INSANE collaborations with Redman. Plus he’s my favorite rapper turned actor.
- Eminem- I figured you guys would think I was biased if I put him first. Em took an art form that was uniquely African American and mastered it. Dude is a MONSTER (no pun intended), and the guy bends words like bullets in Wanted. It’s scary.
- Lil Wayne- I’m from New Orleans dude come on. This young man went from being arguably a minor member of the Hot Boyz to taking the music world by storm. Personally I prefer the pre-Carter III Lil Wayne. Free The Carter V.
- The Notorious B.I.G.- Despite his short career, Big’s brash lyrics and ability to vividly chronical the world around him lead to him being considered an ICON.
- Royce da 5’9- Personally I became aware of Royce in the 90’s, around the same time I began to notice Eminem. His flow is CONSISTENT. Consistently ill. Even after his separation from Eminem early in his career he held his own and this past year he released Layers, which in my opinion was one of the BEST Hip Hop albums of the year.
Got a difference in opinion? Let me know? Until next time Be easy, be creative and be unique.