My number 1 favorite Rapper of all time is, Andre 3000!!! Well obviously!!! There is just no one who has ever been able touch his lyrical prowess and and extreme creativity. Grant it he hasn’t ever really rapped solo. The only times he has ever rapped without Big Boi, as the duo OutKast, is on a couple songs on “The Love Below”, which is technically his solo album. This was also still under the OutKast moniker and 95% of that album is him singing (not rapping), which don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy very much. Since 2006, after the release of “Idlewild”, which also featured him singing the majority of the time, Andre (3 Stacks) basically went into hiding, only emerging to be featured on other peoples tracks, here and there. This lack of solo raps made it very hard for me to find a song displaying his amazing lyrical skill. This feat was also made even more difficult paired with trying to also find a solo song with him just rapping, that also had a video for it. So I gave up on the hope of finding a solo video of his with him rapping and settled for the song “A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre” from “The Love Below” for today’s song of the day, which is him just rapping for 5 minutes straight. No chorus. It’s SICK!!! And this is just the very tip of the iceberg on how awesome he is as a Rapper. Through his whole career with Outkast, from 1994’s “Southernplayalisticadillacmusik” to 1996’s “ATLiens” to 1998’s “Aquemini” to 2000’s “Stankonia” and beyond he has always spit the most perfect, creative, thought provoking, killer verses any Rapper could ever hope to spit. If you are not as familair with Andre 3000 or OutKast as you should be, I suggest (highly suggest) you get acquanted and FAST!!!
The #5 artist/group on my top 7 artists/groups is Justin Timberlake/*NSYNC. They are my favorite contemporary (from my generation) Pop act. Let me explain why Justin/*NSYNC is on this list with such legends and icons. First, you really have to understand that Justin Timberlake/*NSYNC are pop icons of my generation. Just like Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson were of their generations. These guys were so wildly popular when I was in middle school and high school. I grew up on them/him. They are one of the first groups/artists, I remember liking, all on my own, from my generation (the very first, I can remember, is actually #6 on this list and you will hear about them tomorrow). The first concert I ever went to was *NSYNC (with my mother). It took me a while to admit that. But they were awesome!!! They have the top 2 fastest selling albums of all times. When Justin went solo he got even better as an artist. I’ve seen him solo in concert also, with a friend, back in 2007 and he was great as always and showed he was also a respectable musician by playing piano, guitar, drums and even keytar!!! You can see the exact concert I was at, on DVD “Futuresex/Loveshow – Live From Madison Square Garden”. People have made a lot out of who is the “new” Michael Jackson”. People have said Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown, but the real inheritor of M.J,’s impossible to fill throne is without a doubt, Justin. Not only is he the most successful of this aforementioned group of performers, as well as super talented, his music is often uncannily similar to that of M.J., he was a child star like Michael (Mickey Mouse Club), he was in a boy band like M.J. (Jackson 5 of course), and let’s not forget that Michael Jackson gave his personal stamp of approval to Justin by performing with *NSYNC at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, as well having *NSYNC perform with him at what turned out to be his final concert. Justin Timberlake is without a doubt the biggest male star of his generation. He’s made so many catchy, well crafted pop tunes with and without *NSYNC. And he is still young. Unfortunately he hasn’t had a new album since 2006’s, “Futuresex/Lovesound”. Come on with a new album already J.T. (also known by his initials like M.J.). You too OutKast!!! OutKast also hasn’t had a new album since 2006’s, “Idlewild”. All you guys need to come on!!! So today in honor of #5, Justin Timberlake/*NSYNC, check out “Rock Your Body” from Justin, “Bye, Bye, Bye” from *NSYNC and I’ve also included the two videos of Michael Jackson and *NSYNC performing together, all for your viewing pleasure.