In honor of Dr. Seuss' 106th birthday last week (March 2), Rocks Off's present to you is the most Seussical rappers of all time, MCs who excel at the art of poetic rhyming and whimsical wordplay. Their rhymes constantly remind us that Dr. Seuss could have been a platinum rapper in his lifetime.
Doubt it? Try reading Green Eggs and Ham over a Dr. Dre beat.
It's hard to believe that Mason racked up platinum plaques while kicking the same basic rhyme scheme on damn near every song. His style was unwavering in its simplicity. His guest verse on Mya's "Take Me There" comes to mind:
While Dil crys to sleep 'til his eyes are beat
And I couldn't bring Chuckie, Chuckie to petro
Chuckie gets scared, Chuckie say let's go
Do we really have to argue this one? Chingy is Dr. Seuss with a Southern twang and a still mind. Peep "Jackpot" for a sample of Chingy's nursery rhymes:
Got leeway in my hometown
No mo' jokin cuz it's on now
Who gon' stop, me not a soul
Strap, in, now, let's, roll
will.i.am is a beast of a producer. He's also a decent rapper, except when he's rhyming like he just dusted off his How to Rap kit from 1989. More Dr. Seuss than Dr. Octagon, will.i.am has a thing for playfully quaint rhymes. Check the second verse of "I Got It From My Momma" for proof:
You make the guys all dumb
Maybe cause your blessed with the beautiful buns
Maybe cause your beauty keep the dudes unsprung
Wonderin' just where you got that from
Don't get it twisted, Cam'ron has rhyme schemes for days. But every now and then, he slips into full-blown Dr. Seuss mode. His philosophy on rhyming: more poetic meters, more monosyllabic rhymes. Here's Killa Cam on "Harlem Streets":
Sell the information for a dime a white, that China China
I'm behind the diner, selling marijuana to a minor minor
Elder fella, lookin for that shine, Ill shine ya
My mind designer, you a dime, I dine ya...
'80s hip-hop was fundamentally feel good music. Back when people weren't preoccupied with silly things like internal rhymes, Run-DMC made the Seussical scheme a staple. And it wasn't just the schemes, they shared Seuss' sense of playfulness. They rhymed about their kicks and made had heads screaming at their shows. Just fun stuff.
They probably thought they were innovating some next level shit at the time. They even shouted out Dr. Seuss on 1986's "Peter Piper":
Now Dr. Seuss and Mother Goose both did their thing
But Jam Master's getting loose and D.M.C.'s the king.
Oh, the irony.