Crooked I Names His Favorite Lyrical Gangsta Rappers

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Crooked I Names His Favorite Lyrical Gangsta Rappers

Exclusive: Crooked I lists a few collaborators and artists he looks up to from both coasts. In doing so, the Slaughterhouse member also spotlights a line he never cared for on Jay Z's "Reasonable Doubt."

From the very beginning, Crooked I has demonstrated a unique versatility in Hip Hop. In the late '90s as the Long Beach, California emcee was gaining recognition, he doubled his time appearing alongside Heltah Skeltah and Planet Asia on Sway & Tech's This Or That, as well as sharing the mic with Tray Deee, Legacy and Sho Shot on the C-Style Presents... 19th Street compilation a year prior. As a result of that duality, Crooked I was recently asked to list five emcees he considers the most lyrical gangsta rappers.

"Oh man," began the devout Hip Hop fan. He pointed to another This Or That alum: "Kool G [Rap]. For me, Kool G was gangsta as fuck." A member of The Juice Crew, the Queens, New York lyricist went on to make street-stuck albums like 1992's Wanted: Dead Or Alive with DJ Polo, in addition to 2002's mafiaso-themed The Giancana Story.

Crooked then named Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound, who enlisted Crooked I for his gold-selling 1999 sophomore album, Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha. Throughout his career, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-born Kurupt has used the alias "Young Gotti," taken from the late leader of the Gambino Family.

Crooked I then pointed to another collaborator and a Compton, California legend. "King T. When I was real young, King had some fuckin' ill-ass rhymes. Look at how he spread that shit through Tha Alkaholiks, was instrumental with Xzibit's career," he said, referring to the Likwit Crew that the onetime Capitol Records star formed. Although his own albums largely focused on cars, drunken fun and neighborhood commentary, King Tipsy seamlessly appeared on songs such as Cypress Hill's "Southland Killers," and C-Bo's "Bullets."

Asked about the collaboration Crooked appeared on from T's planned 1998 Aftermath Entertainment album Thy Kingdom Come, the emcee recalled. "I was a teenager. I was a kid. I was in the fuckin' room with WC, King T, my homie Bo-Roc from The Dove Shack was doin' the hook, Dr. Dre's sitting in his chair, The D.O.C. is walkin' around. I said 'Wow.' I thought I made it back then to be honest with you." The material would not be included in the 2002 bootleg of the album, which Dr. Dre and Aftermath opted not to release.

The emcee then pointed to the man closely associated with the label that Crooked spent a lengthy tenure on. "To be honest with you, Tupac. There are so many shades of Tupac, but he had some gangsta shit. You know what I'm sayin'? There was so much to that man." Crooked I's vocals were paired with 'Pac's, on the 2003 posthumous Death Row release, Nu-Mixx Klazzics, on the single "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted." Admitting this his list excedes five, Crooked said. "The list goes on, bro."

He did however add, "To me, all the shit Jay Z was sayin' was gangsta! A lot of that shit was gangsta. He talkin' about shoot-outs. He's sellin' drugs, fuckin' police, gangsta of the year. '22 Two's'—[quoting] 'too much West Coast dick-lickin',' that was the only thing I didn't like on [Reasonable Doubt]. That whole album is a classic—except that line. Nah, I fucks with all that [album]."

RELATED: King T Says Dr. Dre & Xzibit Motivated Him To Rap Again, Recalls Years At Aftermath

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  • Lol
    Only fools like y'all like gangster shit.. While Hov have stayed true to the game no faking up shit like y'all fav rappers do. Facts only!
  • Anonymous
    "Chief Keef is a pussy who cried before going to juve for 90 days" Those weren't tears. The air conditioning was on blast.
    • Anonymous
      it was actually 60 days!
  • Anonymous
    The real gangstas: Drake Meek Mill Rick Ross Aaron Hall Ryan Seacrest
    • Anonymous
      you forgot justin bieber and frank ocean!
  • sxxx9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC1YuWwgKP4
  • sxxx9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI-KjVLS6Uk
  • xx009
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo2EswS8o08
  • xx009
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTOQhICG9P4
  • xx009
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZUGpOjswDk
  • Nick T
    Slaughterhouse sophomore album "Straight outta Flophouse" tracklist: 1. Flop planning (Intro) 2. Four whores 3. How to flop (ft. Ja Rule & Beanie Sigel) 4. Dickridin' dirty (ft. Eminem & Skylar Grey) 5. European floppin' (ft. Floptroop Rockers) 6. Lawsuit (Jimmy Iovine skit) 7. Failed life 8. Niggaz in prison (ft. DMX) 9. IRS (skit) 10. Million dollars (in debt) (ft. Young Buck) 11. Flop a bird part II 12. SausageHouse 13. Girls hate us (ft. Obie Trice) 14. Flop money 15. Swizz beats yelling on the hook (ft. Swizz Beatz) Bonus tracks: 16. Debt meets evil (Royce da 5'9'' solo ft. Eminem)
  • Goodson
    Westside, doz are real solid mentions. Reflectionary in ur craft. Keep it gangsta homie.
  • STFUUIgnants
    No Ice Cube or Ice-T?
    • Anonymous
      Note he said GANGSTA, not BULLSHIT rap.
  • sxxx9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IN_QgrLxPM
  • sxxx9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DGxTlho12c
  • sxxx9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdHqCsDJgNk
  • Surrealgang Trey
    No Hona Costello? He just dropped his song and got 5k plays already! His song high is over 90k yet these blogs fail to post him. He got over 250k plays total. Makes no sense. He's the real representation of an indie artists. Not these fake ones who buy label marketing. Listen here:0 https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang
  • Surrealgang Trey
    No Hona Costello? He just dropped his song and got 5k plays already! His song high is over 90k yet these blogs fail to post him. He got over 250k plays total. Makes no sense. He's the real representation of an indie artists. Not these fake ones who buy label marketing. Listen here:= https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang
  • Surrealgang Trey
    No Hona Costello? He just dropped his song and got 5k plays already! His song high is over 90k yet these blogs fail to post him. He got over 250k plays total. Makes no sense. He's the real representation of an indie artists. Not these fake ones who buy label marketing. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang https://soundcloud.com/surrealgang
  • The new school aint built like this
    Styles P - Hardest out lyrical as fuck straight G Beanie Sigel - u know his rep beast on the mic Ghostface Killah - Best gangster storytelling shit Kool G Rap - The original gangster rapper so dope DMX - He been thru sum shit fuck all the drug problems X a gangster
  • Joel Simone
    Let's play it by ear, not a sound system. -Joe Budden
  • BDix28
    HOW THE FUCK DO NONE OF YALL PUT STYLES P ON YOUR LIST. HE IS THE HARDEST RAPPER OUT MAAAAAAD YEARS IN A ROW. "BEEN DA HARDEST RAPPER OUT MAD YEARS IN A ROW, YOUR GIRL REALLY AINT A BITCH SHE REALLY A HO"
    • Anonymous
      I always said that... no ones harder than SP the ghost
    • black
      No one except Sean Price, the original SP, P!
  • sxxx9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLMm5mHVp_M
  • sxxx9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsnAk6tjsts
  • No B.I.G!!!!
    Gimme the Loot... nuff said.
  • 305Gipp
    Top 5 Lyrical Gangster Rappers: Scarface Kool G Rap Ice Cube 2pac Trick Daddy - This might be a bias pick since I'm from Miami, but Trick is that nigga. Especially those first 3 albums
    • tharealest
      Co-Sign All but wheres Beanie Sigel@ on these lists - The Broad Street Is Raw & Uncut get down or lay down
  • Anonymous
    Checkout thegrandreport, they have some good videos on there
  • 8ybouihuhk
    micheal myers or jasons creeping on u now
  • qas719@sky.com
    mobb deep
  • Anonymous
    Cheif Keef is the only gangster rapper out right now he straight from the streets . making street poetry like no other
    • Young Guwop
      Chief Keef is a pussy who cried before going to juve for 90 days. That's not gangsta at all. You must be 15 or naive???
  • jimjim
    dont take it personal
  • jimjim
    this dude with the name malcolm x gets on here and says his favorite gangster rappers are gucci mane french montana chief keef what the fuck has the world come to what the fuck i dont understand that shit maybe hes drunk has to be what the fuck
  • So Icy Boi!
    do you wanna check ma list about best gangsta rappers? swag 1. Lil Wayne (arguably da GOAT) 2. Rick Ross 3. Gucci Mane 4. 2 Chainz (dat nigga too real) 5. Waka Flocka 6. Chief Keef 7. Raekwon, the Chef (cause he punched dat weak ass nigga Joe Budden in da face) 8. Meek Mill 9. Drake (yes he is a Canadian gangsta rapper) 10. Tony Yayo (best from G-Unot)
    • bswag
      1.French Montana 2.Ace Hood 3.Ja Rule 4.Hurricane Chris 5.Mike Jones 6.Waka Flocka 7.Lil Wayne
    • Fossie
      Icy Boi your list is pure garbage!!!
    • Anonymous
      Joe Budden is a better lyricist than all of those people you named.
  • TMZ
    Kendrick Lamar Diss back to meek mill ! http://tinyurl.com/muffsm4
  • Malcolm X
    my favorite lyrical gangsta rappers are gucci mane, chief keef and french montana!
    • Anonymous
      i think you meant to say mentally challenged rappers
  • jasonnns
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbhiTDooqz8
  • MICHEAL MYERSSS 666 DEMON MASKS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOoj3N5o8hY
  • Anonymous
    he obviously left out rae and ghost because rae's friend punched budden in the face.
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  • Anonymous
    Kool G Rap, Jay-Z >>>>>>>>>>
  • Anonymous
    what no rick ross?