In my opinion, Andre (3000) Benjamin is the best to ever do it. Since stepping on the scene in 1994, 3 Stacks has been in a class of his own. After listening to Southernplayalistic, you had to know that this was not just your average MC. The bars were wrote and performed with purpose which convinced me early on that this guy was special. At the age of 12, Andre’s lyrics spoke to me and really introduced me to the lyricism element of MCing. 3K’s counterpart was no slouch on the mic either, but when you play with Jordan, it is sometimes difficult for people to really understand all of the things that Pippen brings to the table. 3000 is one of the few rappers that I have NEVER heard a wack verse from. With most rappers you can listen to their music and kind of make an assumption about who influenced their styles. (Big Daddy Kane = JayZ; Rakim = Nas) However, with Dre, it’s difficult to say. I can’t think of anyone, even in the dungeon family, that goes in like Dre does. To this day, my favorite album of all time is ATLiens. The things that Dre was spittin in ’96 are still relevent in 2010.
I know that the politically correct answer to the greatest ever debate is either Big or Pac, but out of all of the MCs to touch a mic, none can match the skills of Andre Benjamin. Nothing about Dre’s flow/style is ordinary. Rarely do you hear 16 bar/hook/16 bar/hook song formats from Dre. He does what feels right, not what he is being told. Again, I know that my opinion is subjective, but the songs below is why I say that Dre is the “BEST EVER” with such conviction.
“Millenium” “It’s just a phase it’s gone all pass but that gets old too, I’m weakening like a deacon doing dirt…”
“Wallen” ft Cee-Lo This is quite possibly the greatest V ever. Peep how this man soned a lot of your favorite rappers who like to brag about what they have etc… Dre has a way of whipping your ass and explaining why he did it in his lyrics.
“Get up Get out” ft Cee-lo
“Throw some D’s remix” (Every body got bodied on this track)
“Walk it out remix” Is it me, or did he shit on Jim Jones inadvertently? And then to make matters worse, Big Boi just provided the knock out blow on this one!
I could do this all day, but I think that I’ve made my point!!!