Artist like Nas and Big Daddy Kane. The competition was just to stiff that we couldn't have fit them in. And then there are those that made the list like Queen Latifah, that got put at 29 when justifiably I wanted her a lot higher but it was just as hard to knock the others.
But let's jump into the list with 20-11.
20 Whodini- As far as the old school goes, these guys had a early impact in the game before they faded. And even still, their earlier music still gets play on the radio and in clubs. They were one of the first rap groups to tour the UK and Europe.
Escape was certified platinum and was followed up by the certified platinum Back in Black album. Although Back in Black was the last most successful album they had, some rap groups today could only wish their records would get the radio play of their first three albums.
The Fat Boys had an outstanding impact on the big screen as well, going from Krush Groove, to being cast in their own movie Disorderlies. The Disco Three along with Doug E. Fresh, pioneered Beat Boxing. Something that is still done today, maybe not on records, but still in the streets. Where Hip Hop started. (R.I.P. Buff Love, Darren Robinson.)
17- the Bus a Bus. Busta Rhymes, given his name by P.E.'s Chuck D has been a monster in the rap game. His rap style is so defining, street battle raps designed to make you party and boogie and at the same time make you say "No he didn't say that. The Leader of the New School held his own on the big screen going from cameos to staring roles.
Although record sales have not been what they where in the past, Busta still has it and is welcomed to appear on just about any artist new track.
15 Too Live for Rap, 2 Live Crew. Being "As Nasty As They Wanna Be," they ripped the rap game a new one with their sexually explicit lyrics. At one point in time, it was considered a felony in Florida to sell their music to minors. They were the most banded rap group (even more than NWA) even though banded still managed to have a certified gold record for their first album which was sold basically by word of mouth.
Although, As Nasty As They Wanna Be was their only platinum album, mainly by the song "Me So Horny," they ushered in a new platform for rap I called "Booty Music," cause it was mainly about sex and they didn't beat around the bush. If you ask me, because of them, it's cool for R. Kelly to be as freaky as he wants to be in his songs.
12 It's Hard To Earn- Gangstarr M.F., Blowin' Up Your Spot. From Houston to Boston and tearing it up through New York, once again "It ain't where your from but where your at." The Guru (R.I.P. Kieth Elam) and DJ Premier would show through their music, that it was just like KRS said, "Respect will out last a pay check." And the respect these cats wielded, lead them to projects with many Hip Hop and R&B artist in the business. Two things I hate about this group; They broke up. Then the Guru died.
First and foremost will be DMX. The Dark Man Unknown, won't make the list because as far as his career goes, it was a disappointment. DMX came out the gate hard making hit after hit for the rap game. However, drugs tore him down along with his career.
Master P has done a lot in Hip Hop. From bringing us acts like Silk the Shocker and Mystikal. He brought us I Got the Hook Up as well as shared the talents of his children Romeo and Cymphonique. But so many artist have done as much or more.
And MC Hammer. He may have made it in the business with flashy outfits and his energetic output on the dance floor, but that was not the disappointment that kept him off the list. Every artist that made the list, stayed with their bread and butter that got them on the list. After bankruptcy, he tried a come back with a run at gangsta rap (just like Vanilla Ice) which a lot of the fans took it as "selling out."
Tune in for the final ten to be published on Feb, 21. (I will do this one on time.) Happy Valentine's Day!