and what position (appoximately) is he on your top 10? What did he do to earn your respect and get on your list? for me, lupe fiasco, #9 on my list born in 1982 why is he on my top 10? its not just cause hes lyrical, its because he can create a song and tell a story like no one else can... dude can paint a picture like Nas, and every so often... go even deeper than nas... lupe can really make me empathize with whoever he is talking about... or he can spit a verse so deep, i have to play it back 10 times to understand it. . . [youtube]lE2Ox3nYVTo[/youtube] i hate to keep bringing up the same song, but rap (80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s) just doesnt get better than this.... storytelling just doesnt get better than this. dude took so many classic movie scenes and tied them together seamlessly... and he ends with the perfect line "these are just some illustrations/of a few scenes that helped raise a generation"