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Blaze Magazine – The 50 Greatest MCs Ever!

Blaze Magazine (February 1999)

The late Blaze Magazine’s 50 Greatest MC’s list. Their Top 5, Dead or Alive, pre-millenium:

  1. Rakim
  2. KRS-1
  3. The Notorious B.I.G.
  4. Big Daddy Kane
  5. LL Cool J

No Eminem (it was 1999) and my personal fav, no Ghostface (pre-Supreme Clientele).

I distinctly remember feeling a ways when this issue dropped that neither Guru (RIP) nor Black Thought made the cut. And Pharaohe Monche should never be last on any MC list. The rest of the field after the vid (courtesy of Moblito’s, because I damn sure was not about to type all those names out.).

6.Kool G Rap

7.Tupac

8.Slick Rick

9.Jay Z

10.Ice Cube

11.Grandmaster Caz

12.Chuck D

13.Run

14.Melle Mel

15.Nas

16.Too Short

17.Kurtis Blow

18.Posdnous

19.Kool Moe Dee

20.Redman

21.Lauryn Hill

22.Scarface

23.DMC

24.Busy Bee

25.Q-Tip

26.Common

27.Raekwon

28.Gza

29.The DOC

30.Kool Keith

31.Ice T

32.Treach

33.Dre (OutKast)

34.Doug E. Fresh

35.Grand Puba

36.Method Man

37.Snoop Dogg

38.Fresh Prince

39.Cee-Lo

40.Eazy E

41.MC Lyte

42.Busta Rhymes

43.E-40

44.Biz Markie

45.Ras Kass

46.Schooly D

47.Queen Latifah

48.Lord Finesse

49.MC Ren

50.Pharoahe Monch

July 16, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, Scans | , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Big Ced is More Hip-Hop than You

Eminem "Slim Shady" Review in Blaze

Eminem Slim Shady Review in Blaze

It’s true. Big Ced, of the Industry C0sign and a whole lotta ish you can ask him about yourself, is more Hip-Hop than any of us. I first noted it when after every time I thought to myself, “Damn, that dude in MC Lyte’s ‘Paper Thin’ video looks just like Ced”—it turned out to be Ced (via Rocka Candy) after all.

Then when searching for my old Source 50th issue to scan its cover for a recent post, I came across my set of Blaze Magazine issues [semi-tangent: Aliya S. King relayed a great story involving Blaze right here). I’ve teased Cedric many times that I would get around to scanning his appearance in the aforementioned mag’s review section. Nah, he didn’t write a review, but his mug was used as the sections rating scale (large pic below). Pretty creative move on the late mag’s part, actually.

Ced Classics

Ced Classics

All this to say, Ced is more Hip-Hop than you, you, you and all the you in the back, and in the middle, and in the front. Word.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments