The Top Five Rappers Of All Time. Since Chris Rock Brought it Up, Babes.

Entertainment, Featured — December 17, 2014 at 12:15 am by

Chris Rock’s movie, Top Five, is now playing and piling up incredible reviews.  I haven’t yet seen the film, but from what I’ve read and heard, it seems Chris Rock has poured his heart and soul into this project while surrounding his talented self with an equally talented cast.  The plot revolves around Rock’s character, Andre Allen, and his attempt to grow artistically out of his comedian image and into more serious films and projects.  He winds up allowing a reporter from the New York Times to hang out with him for a day and we, as the audience, get a glimpse into Allen’s life.  As the plot moves forward, a recurring question keeps getting asked, “Who are your top five rappers?”.  Several characters give their responses, including Rock’s…..

Which bring us to the point of this piece.  This isn’t about the movie, this is about the Top Five; the top five MC’s of all time.  It’s a tough thing to do, listing the five best rappers of all time, which is why the film allows for a, “sixth man,” so to speak.  And since the movie allows for it, so shall we.  So, without further adieu, here they are the top five MC’s of all time- according to Seabass.

The Sixth Man:  KRS-One-  The Teacher, the Scholar, the Blastmaster- these were all titles KRS-One honored himself with.  And with good reason.  KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions exploded onto the hip-hop scene out of the Boogie-Down Bronx during rap’s initial invasion of mainstream pop culture and MTV. A thinking man’s MC, KRS-One conducted lectures from the mike into the speaker.  His rough style gave a gangster’s edge to heavy lyrics on life, culture, society, and morality.  KRS-One made you think while melting your face with sick hip-hop.

My Philosophy may be the greatest rap song ever written and it hooked me on hip-hop for life.

And Love’s Gonna Get’cha.

5. Slick Rick- The storyteller- nobody tells a story like Slick Rick.  Da Ruler came up with Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew, but it was when he branched out solo that we really got to experience what Slick Rick was truly all about.  The English accent, the dynamic flow, and the stories that poured forth made for some incredibly entertaining rap music.  Slick Rick was slick and smooth and precise.  That mic talent, along with his ability to tell and rhyme a story in four minutes or less easily puts him on this list.

His most famous epic, Children’s Story.

And the smash hit, and one of my personal favorites, Mona Lisa

4. Big Daddy Kane- Speaking of smooth, number four is Big Daddy Kane.  Kane defined smooth and he could pull it off rapping at any speed and on any topic.  Nobody talked shit better than Kane, and his delivery over hardcore or chill beats made the shit-talking all the more lyrically diabolical. Big Daddy Kane’s 1988 album, Long Live The Kane, is a masterpiece of MC-ing and his flows and styles from that record are still influential today.  Nobody wanted to battle Kane- nobody.

Raw

Ain’t No Half-Steppin’

3.  Notorious B.I.G.- There is absolutely nothing I can say about Biggie that hasn’t already been said, but for me, Biggie was the bridge that brought the old school into the new school.  I know that may sound ridiculous since his debut album, Ready To Die, was released twenty years ago, but Biggie, to me, was rap’s first mega-star.  (One could argue LL or Run DMC but they weren’t nearly as big in their rapping hey-days as Biggie was when Ready To Die dropped.  That album was literally being played everywhere.)  Biggie’s voice hit hard but he was an identifiable figure, even if you couldn’t identify with the exact topic that he was rapping about.  For whatever reason, when you listened to Biggie, you felt like you knew Biggie.  He may be the most honest MC of all time and his style exploded rap upwards, outwards, and sideways.  Ready To Die took old school and parlayed it into what rap is today- all while staying true to the old school. Oh, and his Junior Mafia work and his album, Life After Death, are incredible too. Biggie is true rap influence.

Unbelievable

Warning

Gettin’ Money (Remix)

 

2. Chuck D-  Public Enemy’s music meant something. It was political, authoritative, and angry.  There was a defining force behind everything they rapped and the man that spewed forth that force was Chuck D, the lead MC of the group.  Public Enemy’s first two albums, Yo, Bumrush the Show and It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, are pure aggression and lyrical genius- nobody punched harder and had more behind their words than P.E.; and it was Chuck who led the charge.  Chuck took on everybody- the establishment, white people, black radio, and drug dealers- to name just a few.  His rapping was angry and authoritative but his flow and ability are on par with anyone.  If you like hardcore music of any kind, then Chuck D and Public Enemy are right up your alley.  Hardcore with meaning.

Prophets of Rage

Bring The Noise

1. Rakim- The voice, the flow, the rhymes.  Rakim took rap to new levels with his word-smithing and heavy, yet smooth, flow.  Rakim’s work on his and Eric B.’s album, Paid In Full, is legendary, and he incredibly took it to the next level on their follow-up effort, Follow The Leader. He’s just the best. His performance in the song, Follow The Leader, is the single greatest rap performance ever recorded. Here are the title tracks from both of those albums.  Enjoy, babes.
Paid In Full

Follow The Leader

 

cover pic: popdust

2 Comments

  1. What about Snow, K Fed, and that gangsta that sang Mumbo number 5?

  2. Jesus, you’re old haha.

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