- Dam Gina. 2pac was killed 20 years ago. I’m only 33, but it feels like an eternity ago. Hip hop music believe it or not was not my favorite musical genre. It’s always R&B. The first time I listened to rap, I was 4 years old (1987) and it was Erik B & Rakim’s “I ain’t no joke” I was hooked on it for about 28 years. Hip hop and myself have not spoken in over 2 years. I’m very upset with it and as I get older it becomes harder to listen too. I miss the lyrics, the melodies, the unity, the groups, the music videos, going to various record shops, (tower records or the warehouse, or Sam goody, or virgin, or amoeba records, or circuit city, or mo musik frisco hats and tapes on hayes st, or even the local cd man.) We had a plethora of head nodding, sing along, deep thinking, outlandish, music. This next list is my 10 favorite rappers. And it’s not what you think. No biggie, Jay-Z, Common, Eminem, E-40, or ICE Cube on my list. Why? Because it’s my list. That’s the beautiful thing here at thecouchsports.com. We are not going to tell you what you want to see or hear. We want you to disagree with us. Why? We are human. So with that out of the way here is Tareau Barron’s 10 favorite rappers.
Jadakiss to me is probably the best featured MC of all time. On remixes, features, and Freestyles he is the best. Unfortunately his albums were Never that great. Hell of a lyricist and all I know about him from about 20 years of listening to him is that he’s the best cocaine dealer in Yonkers. I like to hear some pain and sorrow in my artists. But Jada’s flow and voice is hard to deny. He had potential (I think) to be really “Top 5 dead or alive.”
9. Krayzie Bone.
Now you want to hear hardcore and warbled rhymes in one song? Listen the Lethaface. Krayzie Bone held down the Bone Thugs N Harmony sound for 2 plus decades. Literally worked with every artist in the industry. Krayzie Bone is slept on because he rhymes to fast for some people. However he will always be a favorite of mine. Check out “Hard time Hustlin” f. Sade. One of the most slept on songs in rap history.
Honestly, I dont like the gangsta Fabolous, I like the smooth talking Fabolous you listen too with ya lady. Great mixtapes and decent albums but his sound took to long to mature for me. His soul tapes anthology are probably the most underrated project I’ve ever heard. Fab can spit and flow with the best of them and has nice punch lines (You can’t touch me/ I’m delicate like china/ you see the SF you think the fella with the 9ers)
7. Andre 3000 from Outkast.
3Stacks is a beast. When hip hop went a certain way, he remained himself. Whether it was wigs, suspenders, bow ties, fedora, nerd glasses, he kept his style dapper. His flow is the best too. I love 3 stacks eclectic side to him. Some folks think when you choose to go rogue against normality that something is wrong with you, I say the opposite.
6. $tack Bundles
Rest in Peace. RRS. SQQQQUUUUAAADD UP. $tack Bundles was on the verge of breaking through in mainstream rap in the mid 2o00s. Whether it was rapping on the desert storm mix tapes, making dope tracks with Joe Buddens and Ransom, being signed to Jim Jones record label, $tack was a star in the making. Street Cred, flow, look, lyrics, rhymes, ladies, ad libs (g). Stack Bundles was murdered in 2007. Named my youngest son after him (Rayquan). Hear “Send him our love” by Joe Buddens.
5. Big Pun
Pun doesn’t get enough credit in hip hop lore. Ladies love pun, had the best flow, would murder any beat and his music is still better than anything out today. 1st Boriqua to go platinum, he did his people justice. As we know Pun suffered a massive heart attack in 2000. What’s even more sad is his hit song “It’s so hard” f. Donell Jones off of his 2nd Album, Pun proclaimed he just lost 100 lbs and he’s just tryna live. Tragic. Rest in peace Pun.
4. Mac Dre
Yes Yes and Hell Yes. The first time I heard Mac Dre, I was at my cousin’s Terrell’s house. He had the Rompalation volume 1 in 1996. I know I know, I was a late bloomer to Mac Dre. But I loved his style. Then my God brother, Chris really put me on with Stupid Doo Doo Dumb, and Rapper Gone Bad. I honestly had a love hate relationship with the hyphy Mac Dre because I thought he was way better than just clowning around. Nonetheless he did inspire a cult following and breathed life into a dead bay area rap scene. Sadly Mac Dre was murdered in 2004 in Kansas City. RIP MAC DRE “Sharpe like Shannon/ Rich like Gannon”
2pac is the definition of a true rap artist. He would of been #1 but he’s everyone’s number 1, right? So for that reason alone I put him at number 3. 2pac was a great actor that alot of people did not give him props for. Poetic Justice, Juice, Gang Related, Above The Rim etc. But I honestly got tired of Pacific in the mid 99s because every morning when I stayed in the Potrero Hill Projects, my neighbor (fine ass kathleen) would play all eyes on me non-stop. Like she didn’t even want to play Makaveli or Me against the world. RIP Pac.
OK NUMBER 2 I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO DEFEND BUT CONSIDERING HOW RAP STANS ARE TODAY, I’LL GIVE IN. IMAGINE A MODERN DAY HAMLET, MANIC DEPRESSIVE, BLACK, UNFILTERED, NOT SCARED OF TELLING THE TRUTH, GETS CALLED CORNY FOR TELLING IT LIKE IT IS, DOESN’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK, HAS ACTUAL SUBSTANCE AND DEPTH, TO HIS BARS, HAS INTRODUCED THE WORLD TO THE BEST NATURAL BOOTYS WE’VE EVER SEEN, OH AND CAN RAP FOR 15 MINS STRAIGHT WITHOUT LOSING YOUR INTEREST. WHO AM I TALKING ABOUT
2. Joe Buddens
Yes that’s who. The first time I heard Buddens, I was a little dissapointed. The reason you ask? The hype surrounded him. At that time the source, Vivek, murder dog, and XXL is how you got your snippets and co-sign. I wasn’t that impressed but I heard pain in his voice. 10 mins was what got me hooked. When I was a die hard hip hop head, many or barbershop arguments started because I would say that he is better than Jay-Z. Man how I would get crowned. But I stand by my opinion.
Drumroll please for #1
No explanation needed
Named my oldest son after this wordsmith. Nuff said.