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Once labeled the second coming of Rakim, by us, the king from Queensbridge, originally known as Nasty Nas, is one of the few MCs with a 20-year run who has not only maintained a loyal fan base, but has earned the respect of everyone who has ever touched the mic. There is not a rapper on the radio today who has not heard his 1994 debut Illmatic and is not influenced by God’s Son. His ability to paint a picture with words about any given subject is unquestionably unmatched (“One Love”, “I Gave You Power”) and it’s evident from his subject matter that his purpose for getting on the mic is about much more than the almighty dollar. And just because he comes in peace doesn’t mean that he’s not prepared for war. The fact that he was the only one who was able to handle Jigga on wax should put him anyone’s top five.