Knock knock anyone home….

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Last nights fight was awesome by the way. Cotto Vs margarito lived up to the hype. Margarito showed he was not all hype. Cotto showed a heart of a champion but eventually was overwhelmed with Margarito’s relentless assault and determination. Cotto fell in the 11th when his corner jumped in to stop the fight.

The yanks on a 8-9 game winning streak. No matter how much hate the team endures never count them out. The mets are up a couple games in their division as well. See if they can manage to not blow it like Feliciano.

Whats on my brain today. I figured I’de post the tribute to nyc vid above and talk about my favorite emcees and why. To start off the controversy Pac is not on my list. Ive always been east coast biased. Go ahead i feel the flames. Lets move on.

First I’m gonna start off with my boy.

1 NaS. To me not only the best lyricist but also on his own world. While most ride the wave of a trend Nasir waits for his own wave to ride. Since what is considered the best album of all time THEE classic among all classic albums Illmatic still is what all his later projects are compared to. What all Veterans and legends in the game compare albums to. Whether it was Dre’s chronic to Jay-z reasonable doubt both big classics as well, they fall short of reaching what illmatic sparked.  In what is probably the biggest battle in hip hop history behind the one and only big vs 2pac, NaS bounced back from taking a big smack in the face from the Takeover song from Jay-z where he claimed “Nas drops 1 hot album every 10 years” to reign as the king of new york when he dispatched of the king of nyc at the time Jay-z with Either. NaS not being new to criticism from dropped 2 wack albums after it was written was also being dissed by Biggie on his last album life after death in kick in the door. The skit before where mad rapper claimed to drop 4 albums and still at home was aimed at NaS.

2 Jay-z, No one has done it like the man. He came from Hawaiian Sophie fame with Jaz-o to Show N prove with Big Daddy Kane then to Original Flavor then to his classic Dead President finally on his own. Reasonable Doubt hit the stores and he never looked back. Songs like Dead presidents, Aint no nigga, D`evils, Cant knock the hustle and In my lifetime where instant classics. Then came the Rocafella revolution with the 3 self titled albums Sean Carter in my lifetime vol 1-3 was just more classics and more hits and more fame. That eventually lead him to start business’s like Rocawear and he had Rocafella records during this stint in his carreer. Making movies, becoming part owned of the New Jersey Nets and later hired to run Def Jam but sucked at. Reason i dig jayz goes beyond his music ability. So the dude can smash anyone in the game money wise but he can spit. Freestyling songs off his head and making hits is just way to much skill for youngin’s today to comprehend right soulja boy?. His style and approach to songs and ability to play with them with word play is insane.

3. Raekwon the Chef. A member of the legendary wu tang clan and part of the infamous dou that brought us only built for cuban lynx stands this man. Flavor unmatched except to that of his partner The GhostFace killer. No one in the game can metaphorically chop a song down like yayo like  Raekwon and his slang. His aproach to songs is unpoint and just out there. There will be times where your like wow and other times like Wtf does that mean and rewind the track. His ability to infuse original flows and lyrics with the help of his Wu tang counterparts make him one of my favorites.

4.  The Punisher Big Pun. His early death and negligence from people around him caused us a great lyricist and artist. Pun was a machine gun of lyrics just coming at you. Kapital Punishment took the world by storm. Your not a killer, Beware, Not a player, Twins blew up and it was a wrap the Bronx born Latin rap god to most was on his way. Unfortunately his early demise after dropping his second album left us hurting and wanting more. I loved pun for his lyrics and style. He jumped on a track and attacked it like a fat kid at lunch. He just wanted to eat emcees up.

5. Eminem. Who can say more about this man. Lyrics out the wahzoo. Yea i said wahzoo 😉 Dre’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow took the MTv world like storm. Crazy antics and lyrics and the ability to freestyle made this guy one of the best ever. World play , smarts, battle rapper you dont wanna mess with Em. Went on to make the hit movie 8 mile aswell, performed live with Elton john and countless others. I dig Eminem because he doesn’t pretend to be what hes not, hes got problems with Haley his momma and gf just like the rest of us and expressed it. First battle rapper i feel that could actually lay down a album that i would go and buy.

6. Joey with that on top music. Mr. Joe Buddens. Who i admit didn’t like to much when first came out free styling on the desert storm clue tapes. Then dropped Pump it up and blew up around the world to make a dent on the scene. Followed by the self title album Joe Buddens. The album was Fire with songs like pump it up, Pusher Man, 10 minutes and others. Despite being signed to Dej Jam he was put aside thus losing alot of publicity and acknowledgment. Then came what i feel the industry needed someone to open our eyes while the game was being watered down with ringtone rappers. MURDA MUZIK! Are you on the mood yet!? parts 1-3 are considered some of the best mixtape albums ever. Reason why I like Joe Buddens is not only can he do anythign a real emcee can do, but he can do it better. Listen to his songs or freestyles and you can tell the man has seen and learned allot in life. The break up of Rocafella that he managed to get on just before it fell apart. The Drug problems in his life the man spits the Truth about everything. Life, The game, Rappers, Rhyming you name it. If you got problems finding food for your dogs Joey got a song for it, thats how much substance this man has with his songs.

7. Joel Ortiz. I know its way to early to consider him one of the top spitters in the game but the man has skills. No gimmicks just rhymes for days. Already had songs with NaS, Joe buddens, Smiff n Wesson, Kool G rap and Big Daddy Kane. The man can put it down. Reason why i feel him is cause he seems like the next door neighbor who i grew up with playing Live or madden with. Talking shit on the hand ball courts or hooping it up and even better is he hasnt forgot where hes from. Signed by Aftermath we should hear big things from this dude in no time soon.

8. Cassidy. Lyrics, Punchlines for years. Made his fame by battling his way up and earning a name to signing with swizz beats. Did his thing with R.kelly and countless others on albums but really well known for his battle with another Philly artist you should know Freeway and destroying him. Reason i like Cassidy is his aproach and how easy he destroys beats when he freestyles. Would i buy Cassidy’s album and keep in rotation 24/7 …No. Would i battle him and question his ability to spit Fuck no. The boy puts it down and is probably one of the best battle rappers out there.

9. Jadakiss. Who doesn’t know this man here. A member of the loxx and rough rider camp and now a rocafella boy. jada has been showing his skill in the game for awhile now. Running with biggie and the badboy family dressing in aluminum foil and dropping if you think I’m jiggy and still making it HOT. I love Jada cause of his flamboyant , i know i can or I told you so style. Spits like its nothing and kills everything he is on.

10. soulja boy  <—–JOKE.

OK now for the real number 10.

10. Rakim. The legend. The great partner of the group Eric b & Rakim. I’m still thinking of a master plan to describe this mans ability to kill anything he rhymes on. Songs and freestyles considered by many one of the greatest ever if not the greatest. I cant really say why i like Rakim besides his classic songs like Paid in Full, Pump up the volume and other countless songs. You give respect where it is due and this man gets respected by everyone.

Pardon the typos and miss spellings i did this fast. Enjoy.