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Mount Rapmore

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by GBNF, May 2, 2008.

  1. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    Similar to the Mount Rockmore, which rappers belong on a monument such as Mount Rushmore, and why?
    Only individuals, meaning it can't be Public Enemy, NWA, etc. Pick a favorite/most influential from a group if need be...For some bands, it's impossible to pick a best - so leave 'em off if you have to. Preferably stick to musicians, rather than writers/producers, so no Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons.

    Mine, in no particular order:

    1) Notorious BIG: Simply the greatest MC of all time. Brought hip-hop to another level along with Tupac. The best stylist, lyrically, with incredible pacing and technique.
    2) Tupac Shakur: Along with Biggie, responsible for rap's meteoric rise. Inspired a white kid from the suburbs to throw up the Westside sign to other white kids in the suburbs (crossover appeal). Besides rapping about money and women, a powerful voice for urban plight. Brenda's Gotta Baby is probably one of the best poems ever written, just happened to be cut over a great beat. Hit harder than any other rapper with diss songs.
    3) LL Cool J: Brought rap into living rooms across America. Might not be the greatest rapper, but bridged the gap between gangsta rap and the basic population. Mixed R&B with rap maybe better than anyone. Has been a force for almost 30 years.
    4) Jay Z: When not rapping about Dom P and ice, one of the greatest songwriters in the game. Took over for Biggie and Pac without stopping, and subsequently stayed true to the game despite huge declines in the industry in both style and quality. The Hova.

    Tempted to put Eminem and Dre on somehow, but Dre was always better as a producer than a rapper. Snoop Dogg could be on, but he didn't have the longevity. Can't have Biggie without Pac and vice versa, so that takes 50 percent off the top.
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Wow. You matched three of four with Bill Simmons' list. Well done.
  3. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

  4. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Your list sucks without Rob Van Winkle.
  5. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    Why Biggie and Dre?
  6. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    How about a member of the Sugarhill Gang?
  7. GoochMan

    GoochMan Active Member

    You and me, we got beef with this statement.
  8. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    I agree...
  9. I agree on taking out the vastly over-rated Biggie.
    Unlike the other thread, where I saw three locks, I only see one here, and that's Tupac.
    Whoever gets credit for being the brains behind Run-DMC and the Sugar Hill Gang should probably also go on there.
    That leaves one spot for Jay Z., but I'm not sold on my picks at all.
  10. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    As in my favorite Italian dish, Toeachizone
  11. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Dr. Dre should be a no-brainer. One of the greatest rap albums of all-time, a fantastic follow-up, gave Snoop, Eminem, 50 Cent (even though I don't like him) and The Game their shots, the brains behind NWA, one of the best producers ever.
  12. That's a hell of an argument.
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