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Ice Cube Rattles Off His Top 5 Favorite MCs

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WishSlayr
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:00 am

Ice Cube was a recent guest on Power 106 FM’s Nick Cannon Mornings where he broached a variety of topics. The conversation kicked off with Cannon praising Cube for his undeniable impact on Hip Hop culture.

But ultimately, the discussion turned to Cube’s Top 5 MCs and the BIG3 co-creator had no problem naming his favorites.


“I always look at the influencers, the pioneers, the ones who virtually created a style or flavor all they own,” he said. “So my greats are people like Melle Mel, Ice-T, Chuck D, KRS-One and I’ll put Rakim in there.

“To me, those are the trendsetters, the ones who changed the trajectory of the game in a major way. It was about skills and talent, and really having their own style and taking it and running with it.”




Cannon then spoke about the perceived lack of leaders in the Hip Hop space. Cube explained he’d witnessed a shift in the early ’90s from more politically-charged lyrics to what he dubbed “escapism rap.”

“I saw that shift happen around ’93,” he said. “It went from focusing on the rappers that really have something to say about our condition to the rappers who just wanted to escape our condition through weed, women, jewelry, cars, money … it’s escapism. Now pills — all that stuff is escapism rap and it’s easier to accept because when you listening to somebody who’s really telling you the real, it’s hard. Them records are not easy to listen to sometimes, especially when you know that they’re talking directly to you.

“Some people, when they go to kick it and go get entertained, they don’t want to hear all that — they wanna just party. That’s what we’ve been fighting against … not caring, not really worried about tomorrow type music over the ones that make you think, the ones that make you focus, the ones that make you change your behavior, the ones who trying to help you get out the situation you in.”



Solid top 5. Rakim, KRS-One and Melle Mel should be in a lot of top 10s I think.


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cryztals
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Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:28 am

I can't really hate on his top 5. They all brought something to the game a bit different than everyone else. I am just shocked he didn't hit a few closer names.
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Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:39 am

cryztals wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:28 am
I can't really hate on his top 5. They all brought something to the game a bit different than everyone else. I am just shocked he didn't hit a few closer names.
Yeah same here. I mean I know a lot of the older dudes prefer to keep things closer to the classics than 2000+ in terms of years.
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Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:44 am

I would actually enjoy if someone did a top 5 or 10 list for people in hip hop. I liked the video, was entertaining and certainly something that piques my interest.
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Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:08 am

I remember saying they need more stuff like this on television and then YouTube started doing it all. No wonder TV is being replaced.
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