Based on a conversation on the show of whether ODB or Ludacris was a better emcee, we decided to put together a thorough criteria on how to potentially rank the best emcee of all time. We know that it’s completely subjective, but we think we put together a nice system (even though we did miss some rappers). Each of us on the show went through and tried to find the best 150 emcees, to then find the top 100, and use a 1-10 ranking for each category. You can watch the episodes where we talked about it (episodes #139-147). Criteria:
INFLUENCE – Impact on other emcee peers
VOCABULARY – Use of unique words
WORDPLAY – Metaphors, similes, rhyme schemes and punchlines
DELIVERY – Syllables, riding the beat, and how fluid they sound
CONSISTENCY – Consistence quality material released, dope features
VOICE – Cadence and how dope they sound on the beat
BEAT SELECTION – Consistently picking dope beats for them
ENJOYABILITY – Easy To listen to/ Replay value
SONG WRITING – Content, story, consistency within rhymes
BAR IMPACT – Cultural impact and importance of lyrics/music
You can view our entire breakdown of the show from our Google sheets. Click here.
The New Old Heads podcast is hosted by two DJ’s and two music producers with a large hip hop knowledge-base: BDTB’s own Lonegevity and DJ Jay Diff, as well as DJ Spoolz and producer Maja 7th. J Moore, seasoned host and hip hop aficionado, joins the fellas as the fifth member whenever anybody is out of town or unavailable, and for special occasions. The show is executive produced by both Michael Anthony (of Red August) and Lonegevity.
The weekly hour-long discussion – from a few hip hop veterans in their own right – consists of topics relating to hip hop news, cultural and social related news discussions, brand new hip hop music singles, videos and releases, as well as a handful of other topics. New episodes hits your eyes and ears every Thursday at 12:00 Noon EST via BDTB. Our current partners are No Bad Ideas, Prntfnty, Indy CD & Vinyl, and Kolman Dental. The art was created by Dan Handskillz of the FAB Crew. Check out the various ways to be a part of and support the New Old Heads, via Patreon.