Kool Moe Dee? LL? Melly Mel? Kane? Rakim? Chubb Rock? Special Ed? Biggie? Big L (RIP) Nas? JZ? Eminem? Aesop Rock? You???
Yep, you can include underground artists (vid link if nec'y). Some of these cats spit so hot it burns through the cement...
from the 80's, KRS-1 from Boogie Down Productions hands down.
from the 90's, Jay-Z, Biggie, Tupac
from 2000, Eminem and Kanye
Best on-the-spot freestylers to battle, I think are KRS-1, Jay-Z, DMX, Biggie, Common and MosDef.
I love MosDef, he has a few freestyle vids on YouTube.
There's some old skool Kool Moe Dee that was way ahed of its time. My fav is BDKane. Yup, even over Rakim. Then Biggie took the crown. I wasn't really paying attn to the scene when he was around but 5 sec of any one of his rhymes showed his talent.
I think the trend setter now is/has been Eminem. He's a sick psychotic lyricist and I am not down with those type of rhymes (one reason I can bop to BDK anyday) but Emimen can get down. I also see his influence on the underground scene and that's always a good indicator.
After watching a few freestyle battles on the Tube I got the deal...the rhyme schemes are more intricate now, but, unfortunately, madd psycho. But the same with the Grafitti: much more demonism in the color schemes with cryptic, slithery letters. It's true that the art of a society is indicative of the health of the same.
I forgot about Big Daddy Kane. My fav of his was from the Juice Soundtrack, "Nuff Respect." AHHHHHHH! I love it. Rakim was another great back in the day. I do love watching the battles though.
I reallly REALLY like early eminem work.. its a bit hardcore, but i love it when I feel depressed or sad.
krs-1 is one of the best ever for sure! Talib qawli,nas, jeru was good eventhough most dont know him. Common is to freestylin like a gay man is to v..g...n....a (crude but true)
i think eminem and jayz are both really good rappers and poets very talented
Nobody has mentioned Scarface yet, he is worth a shout out too.
I find it an absoloute disgrace that he didnt hav Tupacs name and a questin mark in this blog Tupac is the greatest period. Eminem has just turned into a fake poser.
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I'm going to throw the name Roots Manuva into the mix:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlxKxMfp … re=related
Don't forget early Ice Cube. Wrote most of NWA's albums and single handedly shut NWA down with one song!
Kanye, Andre 3000
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For me it has to be Eminem, I don't really listen to much English rap but I have to say I have all the Eminem albums, prob cause im troubled. =P
Eminem is the illest - after 2000
There are only two British rappers worth checking out:
I would 100% recommend that you get over to YouTube and check out their stuff.
yip I know Roots Manuva and Lowkey, they are cool man I lived in London for about 3 years. To be honest there are a lot of dope rappers out there but they are mostly underground and people don't know them.
I have forgotten about Lowkey, will get onto YouTube and then do some album hunting. thnx
Take it Eezy heezy guv
I like some rap. Not picking, just curious. Why didn't you just title "rapper lyricist" ?? - what am I missing here? Gotta admit, you sound better. I like several new ones, but I'll always be a Tupac fan.
Hey, guys, gimme a break;
I'm too old for all the newbies
And Tupac was my first! (like a few others--just don't know 'em!)
KRSONE for sure. But a lot of people mentioned him already.
my top5 after him are:
Boots (The Coup)
El-P (The Fire In Which You Burn by CoFlow is one of my faves)
Gotta be Eminem from the newest school and Jay-Z before him.
Old school shoutouts would go to Rakim, Biggie, and KRS-1.
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