Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: Killa Kyleon, Zavey, kyle Hubbard, Brad Gilmore, Mac, Doughbeezy, A.D.D., Medicine Girl, more.
Not Invited: The guy at our sons' Saturday morning basketball game that thinks his daughter is the female incarnation of Kobe Bryant.
This Week's Prompt: If You Could Only Listen To One Musician For All Of Time, Who Would It Be? Why?
Eskabel: Tupac Shakur. He was the greatest median between music for the soul and hardcore. R.I.P. to the best.
A.D.D.: Big Mello. I mean, who else could it possibly be?
Doughbeezy: Doughbeezy. Because I can relate to his music the most.
Yung Redd: Michael Jackson. He has the best songs ever.
Preemo: Marvin Gaye. Then I'd say Candace Nelson. But I'd miss hip-hop and say Hov or Nas. Then I'd say Mozart. Stevie Wonder. One of the wonders of music is its variety.
RoderickVonn: Either Cee-Lo or Andre 3000. They inspire me to push the boundaries and have fun with the music and middle finger the norm. (Andre 300 if I have to pick one of the two.)
Mac: Does it have to be a rap artist? If so, Tupac. His music is timeless. R&B, I would say Luther V., Marvin Gaye. Do you ever use anything I say when you me these questions?
Brad Gilmore: I know it's the Rap Roundtable, but if I had to choose one artist, it's not a hip-hop artist. There's one person who I was personally inspired by: Johnny Cash has always been my favorite musician and he actually inspired me to become an MC. He is said to be one of the most influential musical figures of all time. Without him, I would not be writing this right now.
Medicine Girl: Nas. He was the reason I fell in love with hip-hop.
O.N.E.: I would listen to Musiq Soulchild; the only artist that every album has not disappointed me.
TroubleSum: Pac. His music evokes so many emotions. He managed to touch on every topic and situation, good or evil. His music is timeless and heartfelt. It never gets old.
Delo: The Beatles, because I never listened to any of their music and it would take me that long to like it.
Kyle: That's a pretty impossible question to answer, but if I was forced to pick, I'd say Jay-Z. He's my favorite artist and he has a healthy amount of material to rotate through.
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Zavey: Tupac Shakur, because he spoke knowledge and kept it real.
Killa Kyleon: Sade. Her shit's timeless and mind easing.
Young Sensation: I would probably have to go with Tupac because his music is timeless. It will never get old. He was ahead of his time, for real.
D-Risha: Jay-Z because I can go through his catalogue and find a rhyme for every life situation.