Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Top 50 MCs: #30 - Sticky Fingaz of Onyx

30. Sticky Fingaz

Thinkin bout takin my own life...Might as well..cept they might not sell weed in hell.

Sticky is the alltime amped up MC to me. He brought the rawness, the craziness, the paranoia, the introspection, and he even tried to do a lil commercial ish for yall haha. Kirk Jones is a beast and i wish he continued to make music as much as he began to act. He's this high on my list based off of his feroicity and how much he influenced me myself as an MC. Black Trash is another criminally slept on album as well as All We Got Iz Us by Onyx. If you are totally blind to who Sticky is peep him on Remember Me by Eminem from the Marshall Mathers Lp. CATCH UP!

Top 50 MCs: #31 - Brother Ali

31. Brother Ali

She was hatin & Slug told the bitch send my tapes BACK!

If you havent heard Brother Ali by now then you're slipping. I think alot of people sleep on Ali because of the fact that he is an albino MC but i think that almost adds to how dope he truly is. He has alot more to bring to the table introspectively. I remember the first time i heard Ali, it was a big day for me haha. My buddy Ryan and I went to Brave New World in Oakland and were looking thru new 12"s and saw the Brother Ali Room With A View 12" and we say it was on Rhymesayers so we got it. Plus it had cool cover art.

Needless to say the song and his lyrics/delivery blew us away. Since the song has come out theres been numerous songs with the same sample so you will probably recognize it.

Ali is one of the most ferocious yet introspective MCs you will ever hear. He's tone down his production approach on albums and i think he should kinda go hard a little more but theres no doubting he's a true artist and one of the best lyricsts and MCs you will find today. Peep his music especially Shadows On the Sun & The Champion EP.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Top 50 MCs: #32 - Phonte of Little Brother

32. Phonte

No I don't eat meat, but YES im still beefin'

I shouldnt really have to tell anybody about Phonte at this point. He might be one of the buys people hold up to names like Mos Def, Kweli, or whoever they think is a dope MC with alot of potential. Their albums The Listening, The Minstrel Show, and Getback are all borderline classic to me and its mainly because of Phonte's contributions. Pooh is cool but he's just the balance to Phonte's illness in the group. Lets not even talk about the magnificent music he's made with Nicolay under the name Foreign Exchange. The two F.E. albums alone push Te' to a whole nother level because his singing ability is damn near as good as his rapping. He has a distinct voice, delivery, flow and he's a southern MC who isnt afraid to reach outside the box. He might be a little outwardly opinionated but if you bypass his persona you may just love the music.

Top 50 MCs: #33 - Vakill

33. Vakill

The flow is Metamucil mixed with a crucifix, cross it & get shitted on

I cant fully explain it but im a huge fan of this guy here. I wish he released more music considering he's been around since the early 90's in the Chicago scene. Dude has some of the sickest punchlines i've ever heard coupled with a distinct on-again-off-again delivery. He's tightened his flow from his debut The Darkest Cloud to his most recent album Worst Fears Confirmed. Vocally he resembled Ras Kass while conceptually i wouldnt say he is nearly as deep. He has a few good story tracks and alot of dope songs of punches but other than that it can be hard to follow him if you arent into different styles of delivery with lyrics. He's a personal favorite of mine and hopefully he releases his Armor of God(i think) album really soon so he can climb the list a little more.. The Crown Dont Move!

Top 50 MCs: #34 - Freeway

34. Freeway

If i wanna squirt her, take her to Fatburger

Freeway is one of the guys it took a few years to really understand. My first time hearing Free was on 1900Hustler and i wasnt the biggest fan of that song when it first dropped. My 2nd time hearing Free was on Roc Da Mic and i HATED him with every bit of me haha. I just didnt get his style at all. One day i heard Alright Feat. Allen Anthony and i started to noticed his ACBD-style rhyme scheme and i became a fan after that. His debut album Philadelphia Freeway is criminally slept on and is one of the best produced albums to come from Rocafella or Def Jam for that matter, especially in the post-2000 era. His followup Free At Last was dope tho long-awaited and his most recent project with producer Jake One is upper echelon as always. You have to pay attention with Free and most people dont give him a chance. I think you should. I did...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Top 50 MCs: #35 Brotha Lynch Hung

35. Brotha Lynch Hung

Eatin' baby brains, maybe veins, maybe spines

I wish people werent so squeamish and light in the stomach haha. I think someone like Necro is alot more offensive and disgusting to listen to than Lynch. Now lynch can spit some crazy scenes in his lyrics like in Return of Da Baby Killa(my favorite title of a song ever hahaha) which i'll post, but he's not like an ICP rapper or anything like that. dudes a beast on the mic and could probably wreck anyone you name legitimately. i like some of his older stuff, but 24 Deep is probably my favorite of his older stuff, Season of Da Siccness is a good album too. his new album Dinner and A Movie is one of the top albums this year in my eyes. he finally had cohesive production and went in the whole album. his flow is crazy and so is he, because he's a fuckin nutbag.

DISCLAIMER for the TOP 50 MC's list...

just so you all know...this is MY top 50 mc's of MY LIFE.

this is in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM, the GREATEST Mcs of ALL TIME list..thats not what im going for..

also this is NOT the top lyricist either. i love G.Dep but he doesnt have a classic album..he just has one decent one with a few songs i love...if i made a list of underrated cats or underachievers he'd be ranked well on that list.

its not about sales either..i dont care what any of these guys sold, its about how their music affected me and people around me only.

also this list does not suffer from "guilt by association"

by that i mean, if B.G. is #48 then that doesnt guarantee that Juvenile will be in the top 20 if he's not visible 21-50. if erick sermon is #49 but you like keith murray more, maybe i didnt lol .

i put Mega over 50, but i also put 50 over Gift of Gab on my list, and lyrically Gift of Gab shits on both of them. but that doesnt mean his music hit me like the next man's did.

just figured i'd put that out there. no matter what you will all hate and get mad but its all good haha