Top 5’s | LSkins

Within Hip Hop culture, determining one’s Top 5 is a debate that will seemingly continue forever. So, with that being said, I’ve asked artists to share and justify their Top 5 selections…


LSkinsTop 5 Rappers

DJ Quik

“I first started listening to DJ Quik a couple years back when my producer, Flyo, showed me the ‘Rhythm- Al- Ism’ album. I automatically fell in love with his flow, energy and production skills, whilst being able to pick timeless features with artists like Mausberg, Hi-C and Suga Free. Every record was cinematic to the point where it makes you feel like your either in a low rider cruising through Compton or just picking up mad game from the pimps and OG’s of the neighbourhood. His diversity is second to none and in my opinion is one of the most underrated artists and producers of all time.”

DMX

“I’m a 90’s guy, so you know I had to pick X. He was by far one of the best lyrical figures in the game and, to me, one of the unsung heroes of that era. He had many highs and lows and I feel like he was the Shakespeare of the rap game; a true poet who lived his life through his music. He was also very diverse and could go bar for bar with the best. His catalogue of classics goes on forever from ‘How’s It Going Down’ to ‘What’s My Name’, and one thing is for sure – no one shared the same energy as DMX, seeing him live would be something else.”

Talib Kweli

“I think, deep down, Talib is the rapper I most aspire to be like. Free-talking, amazing spirit and just overall a really positive guy. I started listening to him whilst travelling when I was younger and he seemed to really put things into perspective for me. I tend to listen to him a lot when I’m down cause he brings me up and for that he will always be in my top five.”

Nas

“Nas is the best. Enough said.”

Curren$y

“When it comes to work rate, there is no other like Spitta. One day I hope I will be able to put out as many projects as he does. On top of that, he always comes with the complete package creating timeless records throughout his career. I really love the New Orleans sound because it’s very unique to all the others, the consistency with the samples and that heavy, down south influence from trap to jazz music makes me feel like I’m at Mardi Gras hitting switches. Right now its all about Jet Life.”

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