7. Big Daddy Kane
Heritage: Puerto Rican
Talking about Kane’s influence on rap is a waste of breath: you either know the legacy or you’re V-Nasty. Kane’s compound syllable flows are influential to this day, but also worth noting is his undeniable influence on hip hop style. The sexed-up player/gangster bathed in gold is all Kane all day. Who else do you know could appear wearing nothing but chains, a flat top, and animal print briefs and still be intimidating?