Kendrick Lamar Names His Top 5 MCs Dead Or Alive (Video)

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It’s becoming more common to hear Kendrick Lamar’s name mentioned in debates about the greatest MCs of all time. Even for those who are not fans of his music, it’s become impossible to deny the Grammy winner’s critical, commercial, and cultural achievements in Hip-Hop and beyond, and at this point in his career he’s already released more solo albums than others on the typical “top five dead or alive” collections…

Naturally, music fans are always eager to hear who the greatest MCs list as their own personal favorites, and Lamar was asked just that on a recent appearance at Power 106FM in his hometown Los Angeles. There, the DAMN. rapper didn’t hesitate, providing the Cruz Show with a pretty formidable list of names. Heads may have seen Kendrick take to Twitter in the hours following the release of JAY-Z’s 4:44 album, calling him a “master teacher,” so it’s not surprise Jiggaman made K.Dot’s list.

In fact, Mr. Carter was the first name Kendrick mentioned, though he does say he’s listing names in no particular order. “Gimme Jay, give me Em, Pac, give me Big, yeah, and give me Snoop,” he says confidently. Of JAY-Z, Eminem, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., and Snoop Dogg, the Compton, California MC says “these are all the cats that inspired me the most in doing music, for sure. And if you break down how I approach lyrics, you can hear the influence of each and every one of them.”

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He goes on to acknowledge the inherent difficulty in limiting choices to only five, a frustration every Hip-Hop Head can attest to. “It’s always hard,” he says before mentioning Nas’ name, as if to say he belongs in the list somewhere, too.

It seems the “HUMBLE.” rapper left off another name, too. After all, as he raps on “The Heart Part 4,”1, 2, 3, 4, 5, I am the greatest rapper alive“…