Here are some lyrics by Biggie Smalls: “And She Loves To Show Me Off Of Course, Smile Every Time My Face Is Up In The Source.”
We all know Hip Hop started in New York. New York Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison must not know he plays in New York. Harrison recently listed his top five Hip Hop MCs via his twitter account, “Tupac, Biggie, Z-RO, Lil Wayne, Jadakiss…my top 5.” The funny thing about Hip Hop, there is always room for debate about who is number one.
There has always been a debate about who is the number one lyricist between B.I.G. and Tupac. I reside in Brooklyn and I always debate with a level head and I always come out at the end and say “Biggie Smalls is the Illest”, but you Harrison have included Z-Ro (?), Lil Wayne (no disrespect) and Jadakiss (50 Cent said it best about him “Your raps are local”). There is no way these three gentlemen should be in your top five. Here’s a little background about them to refresh your memory.
Z-Ro: In 1998, Z-Ro released his debut album Look What You Did to Me. Z-Ro is also a member of the original Screwed Up Click, an assortment of rappers from Houston. After Z-Ro was signed to Rap-Alot Records he released nine albums, with the highest position of any of them having been 48 on the Billboard 200. To even have placed his name next to Biggie or Tupac will have them turning over in their graves right now. That’s why I hope you are joking.
Lil Wayne: Wayne has had a long tenured career, since he started his career at the age of 15, by joining a rap group called “Hot Boys.” The group went on to gain commercial and underground success and won different awards. In 1999, Wayne decided to release his debut album. He still is a viable commodity as a solo artist. Wayne has gone on to reach platinum success with albums such as Tha Carter, Tha Carter II and others. Harrison, you can’t be serious to put him in your top five MCs. He is not even the best in his generation. Wayne has become a song featuring diva with some good accolades. That is it and that is all.
Jadakiss: Harrison, why you gonna make me do this to my guy? This is the man who brought my generation the rap group the “Lox”, and who told me “Welcome To D-Block”. With all of Jadakiss’ success, he is nowhere near the caliber of Tupac or Biggie as a lyricist. He will be forever heralded as a top New York lyricist though.
Jet fans, I hope you take heed and do not follow Harrison’s hip hop list of all time greats. He may be a good NFL football player, but a good judge of hip-hop not so much.