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Following the release of his new album '2014 Forest Hills Drive,' J Cole stopped by Power 105.1 and was asked to reveal his top five rappers. In the end, he named six. In no particular order, here's who J Cole thinks owns rap.
It's not surprised that The Notorious B.I.G aka Biggie Smalls has made it on to this list. The iconic rapper who was taken from the world too soon left behind a ton of classics including his brilliant 'Mo Money Mo Problems.'
Also on Cole's list is his Roc Nation boss and past collaborator Jay Z. The two have a close relationship as Hov has acted as a mentor to the younger J Cole, even giving him his very first Roc Nation chain as a present.
The late great Tupac Shakur make a regular appearance on most 'Best Rappers' lists.
Nas' 1994 'Illmatic' album turned twenty years old this year so it's safe to now label it as a classic. J Cole lists Nas as one of the top five rappers of all time.
J Cole was originally asked to choose five rappers, but when it came to choosing the fifth one he said; "I wanna say [André] so bad, but Eminem is like solo dolo. Andre's incredible, but he’ll tell you himself, he was in a duo so his workload was a little less, but creatively he's miles beyond."
In the end it appears J Cole extended the top five to a top six as he couldn't choose. He also spoke of recent track 'Fire Squad' which he appeared to be dissing Eminem on. "If you think I’m dissing Eminem, I know you just read the headline, or you're listening to the song with the headline in mind" he said.