It is difficult for an artist to make their way into the top five of the most talented people in their profession. There will always be competition, which means evolving, staying ahead and staying focused is essential. The idea of a “top five” permeates pop culture and is particularly prevalent in sports and hip-hop. As a member of 2021 XXL First year class This year, we asked the 11 artists who their five favorite rappers were. This time it’s DDG‘s, which names both legends of the past and modern times, as he goes through his list of top five picks.
The first rapper named DDG is 50 cents, the Queens rap star turned television mogul who has made his mark both on the microphone and on the big screen. “I grew up listening to 50 Cent,” DDG shares. “If you’re listening to 50 Cent, I need this verse.” At just 23 years old, this rap newcomer was a kid when Fif’s run started. The importance of 50 Cent in the early 2000s thanks to its singles “Wanksta” and “In Da Club”. As huge as Fif was back then, it’s no surprise that he left an impression on a much younger DDG.
Then the DDG name checks Duck, and thanks him for his advice through music. “He’s given me a lot of relationships,” says DDG. “I felt like he was in the same relationship as me.” After leaving the world of theater, in the same way that DDG leaves the world of YouTube, Drake built his character as a vulnerable and honest rapper about the ups and downs of his love life, he attracted many fans by being just himself. The impact of the OVO frontman continues to be felt, as he still resonates with supporters who have grown up to be rappers like DDG themselves.
Watch the video below to see the rest of DDG’s top five favorite rappers, and stay tuned for his surprise pick at the end.