The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email [email protected].
This Week's Rapper(s): Franchise and Yung
Franchise and Yung, "Trippin'"
This Week's Subject: Seeing as how you two are a rap duo, and seeing as how we've been waiting to interview a rap duo to ask this question, the pieces seemed to fit. Question: What are the six best rap duos of all time and why?
Franchise: Thats a great question. We divided it up three each into Franchise says, Yung says, to get both perspectives. The six we would say are as follows:
Yung: DJ Premier and Guru define true hip-hop. You take Premo's beats and those rhymes from Guru and you got classics. They had that true New York sound and Gangstarr songs made DJ Premier the legendary producer that he is. Personal favorite song is "Right Where You Stand" with Jadakiss.
Franchise: I remember being in 7th grade when that Lord Willin' album came out and my mind was just blown. The beat Pharell made for "Grinding" was a freestyle classic; we were all trying to rap over that back in the day. A lot of people say we remind them of Clipse because of our voices. Pusha and Malice's voices just sounded so ill together on a record it's almost as if it's one voice.
Yung: When i first saw Will and Jazz, they were chillin' with Uncle Phil on the Fresh Prince TV show. As far as rap goes, they were making records before I was born. They won the first hip-hop Grammy and made that feel-good music anyone can vibe to - I mean, who couldn't relate to "Parents Just Don't Understand*" and who didn't play "Summertime" at bbq's and parties?