So I think you definitely have to study some of the people that
are considered to be legends, and great lyricists, and great rappers—
study and do your homework and brush up on your history.
You gotta know what it is to be a great MC in order to do it—you
gotta hear it, you gotta feel it.
Kool G Rap
Kool G Rap is a legendary MC whose complex rhyme style and vivid
street imagery have influenced a whole generation of MCs. From
Eminem showing his respect to G Rap in his Grammy acceptance
speech to Jay-Z citing G Rap’s greatness in his song “Encore” (“hearing
me rap is like hearing G Rap in his prime”) to being named as
a major influence by the majority of the rappers interviewed for
this book, Kool G Rap’s standing as one of the most influential and
skilled MCs of all time is indisputable.