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Nas Names His Top 10 Hip-Hop Lyricists


Apparently the most recent issue of Rolling Stone features 50 artists providing themed playlists throughout the magazine’s pages. And for his list, Nas chose to name his top 10 hip-hop lyricists along with a song from each to explain their placement. It’s kind of a head-scratcher at times, especially Lil Kim and Rick Ross being on the list at all as well as his choice for a Jay-Z track. But I have to give Nas credit for having Kool G Rap all the way at number three. Too many people, from rappers to critics, have forgotten both G Rap’s skills and his influence.


Anyway, here’s Nas’s list:

1. “My Downfall” – Notorious B.I.G., 1997
-The lyrics are about how he’s acing the shadows of death, despite all of his success, and he’s giving it to you in a way that makes it seem so real.

2. “If My Homie Calls” – 2pac, 1991
-He’s just saying to his boys that he’s going to be a friend no matter how big he gets.

3. “Road To The Riches” – Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo, 1989
-The way we’re rhyming now? He was already doing it then .

4. “A Bird In The Hand” – Ice Cube, 1991

5. “Paid In Full” – Eric B. & Rakim, 1987

6. “I’m Single” – Lil Wayne, 2010
-I’m recently divorced, so I feel what he’s saying.

7. “Tears of Joy” – Rick Ross, 2010
-Ross is at the pulpit here.

8. “The Moment I Feared” – Slick Rick, 1988
-It’s cinematic. He’s at a hip-hop show and ices this girl who played him, then he’s in prison getting violated by some dude. This was unheard of.

9. “Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z, 2009
-This song is huge. It sounds like Broadway. It’s New York’s modern anthem.

10. “Queen Bitch” – Lil’ Kim, 1996
-At the time, females rappers didn’t appeal to the street, but Kim came with the vulgarity, sexuality and gangster shit.

Interesting, to say the least.