16. DMX, Noreaga, Canibus "Rap's New Generation" (1997)
Station: Hot 97 DJ: Funkmaster Flex Best Punchline: "Ambushing MCs, jumping out the trees / Like Vietnamese in fatigues covered with leaves." (Canibus) Part 1
Remember when DMX, Noreaga and Canibus were three of the hottest commodities in hip-hop? All three appeared on The Source's fold-out cover in June of 1998, proclaiming them "Rap's New Generation." (Hey Silkk!)
Celebrating this honor, the three amigos went on Funk Flex's show for an on-air cypher that lasted over a half hour and aired completely commercial free. Each emcee had a distinct and unique style: Canibus wielded his superior wordplay, DMX displayed his grimy and gritty side, and N.O.R.E. played the comedic role.
Each of these rappers has suffered ups and downs since '98, but for this moment in time, all eyes were on them.