Top-five lists aren't always the easiest thing to rattle off if you're emotionally invested in the subject, but Kendrick Lamar had a particularly tough time coming up with one during his conversation with Erykah Badu for Interview magazine in May. Badu asked him to name his top five rappers. Lamar chose Jay-Z, Nas, Tupac, Snoop Dogg and The Notorious B.I.G.
"But that leaves off Eminem and André," he said, pondering the possibility of changing the category to a top 10. To the first seven, he added Rakim and Kurupt but then fretted over the last slot. Lamar's first choice was Method Man, but then he realized he couldn't leave out one more adding, "Will you give me DMX?" Yes. But he had to lose one, so Method Man was dropped down to an "alternate" slot.