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- Posted on Sep 5th 2007 5:00PM by Steve Baltin
Out on the road this summer with the Rock the Bells tour, Cypress Hill's B-Real is getting a chance to watch some of the best MCs in the business firsthand on a nightly basis. For the "rock and rap superstar," whose passion for hip-hop will be celebrated on an upcoming solo album, 'Smoke in Mirrors,' being exposed to a cross-generation of talent has led him to wax poetic on the best he's seen. And as you will see, it's a Hall of Fame-worthy list representing both the best the past and present of the genre have to offer.1. Jay-Z: His wordplay is great, his flows are tight, he's got a great voice.
2. Eminem: Also because of his wordplay and flow and the way he projects himself. He can switch on his style at any given point; he's real versatile with his s---.
3. KRS-One: His s--- has basically taught most of us the way, how to be an MC on record and off record, onstage and whatnot. He pretty much commands the mic. His wordplay is dope, his flows are always dope, but he's definitely commanding onstage -- a lot of MCs lack that.
4. Rakim: He had a style that a lot of people still try to copy now and definitely the content of what he's putting out there was pretty deep. I think he fathered a lot of people's styles.
5. Chuck D: 'Cause his style was the most different, the most unique, definitely the content, but his s--- was forceful. He kind of tailor-made his style to every song, and the things he said and how he said it were great