It is nearly impossible to get a bunch of passionate Hip Hop fans to agree on anything. But I tried anyhow, starting with a series of polls on Facebook that aimed to figure out which emcee or group was the best in the game as driven by the letters of the alphabet. No specific rubric or criteria was given; just a simple request for answers to the question, "Who is the best emcee or hip hop group beginning with the letter 'A'?; 'B'?; 'C'?; 'D'?..." and so on. The responses were immediate and spurred some pretty spirited discussions. A general consensus was ultimately reached for each and per the request of Music Editor Leilani Polk, I'm bringing the poll results to Ear Buds. Each week, I'll reveal a letter and its "winning" artist, and then I'll re-open the question for further debate. Once we finish the first 26, we'll start it all over again fresh.
If Atlanta is the New York of the South, Outkast is Times Square and your favorite hole-in-the-wall bodega rolled into one. They are Times Square because they can be incredibly flashy and have been able to attract music fans to their catalog that don’t know much else about Southern hip hop. They are the local bodega because at their core they are still just “two dope boys in a Cadillac” giving you that real.
After a 10-year break that included solo projects and movie roles, Outkast is back performing together this summer doing festivals like this month’s Big Guava. The hiatus did not seem to harm the self-proclaimed “coolest mofos on the planet” as they are the winners of The Hip Hop ABCs Letter O.
Did we get it right? Who gets your vote for this letter?
Infinite Skillz is a Hip Hop fan and emcee. Click here to find out more about his music.