3. The D.O.C.
From: Dallas, TX
Signature Song: The D.O.C. "It's Funky Enough" (1989)
Younger rap fans mostly know The D.O.C. from various shout-outs other rappers have given him over the years, like Jay-Z saying, "No one can do it better." But old-school rap heads know the The D.O.C. as one of the greatest wordsmiths of the '80s, on par with legends like Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, and Rakim. His legacy lies in his aforementioned debut album, No One Can Do It Better, which featured the classic opening track "Funky Enough."
Sadly, The D.O.C.'s promising career came to a halt when he was involved in a car crash that damaged his larynx and basically ruined his voice-a rapper's only instrument. He has tried releasing albums since then but he simply wasn't the same. But that doesn't mean he didn't find ways to influence the game. DOC certainly ghostwrote many verses during both the N.W.A., Death Row, and Aftermath eras of Dre's career because even if he didn't sound the same, his pen game was as sharp as ever.