Nelly recently named his favorite rappers of all time ranging from the late Tupac Shakur to the multi-platinum selling rapper, Lil Wayne. When asked to name his top 5, Nelly explained why hip-hop has too many greats to craft into a single-digit list.
"I'm tell you why it's hard…where I come from [St. Louis], we're surrounded by everybody. It's easier for someone on the East Coast to give his Top 5. It's easy for someone on the West Coast to give his Top 5. But with us being in the middle like that, we're influenced by all over. It's not like we want to alienate one side or the next…But don't get it twisted, obviously we're going to start with Tupac and Biggie. I'ma throw LL [Cool J] in there – how can you not? How can not throw in the G.O.A.T.? I think he gets overlooked so much from that standpoint. Further on down the line, I'd like to get into like Scarface. I'm a huge Rap-A-Lot fan. I think Ice Cube. I think he gets overlooked. But then again, I could come back and I could say Rakim. You know what I'm saying? I'ma definitely say KRS…as much as you do that, he's the teacher." (All Hip Hop)
Nas – Talks About The G.O.A.T. of Hip Hop