During his interview with AllHipHopLaLa handed out her picks for her top rappers of all time, and the Queensbridge rap legend held all five spots on her list.
“All-time MCs? Oh Nas, everybody knows that,” she said. “I don’t think there’s anybody — Nas is 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 for me. When it comes to lyricists and MCs and everything, I’ve been a Nas fan since I was 14, 15 years old old.”
Nas as her favorite rapper may have also inspired LaLa to pursue hip hop in all facets such as rap. Before breaking onto the scene as an MTV VJ, Lala said she really wanted to be a rapper.
“It was serious. As a teenager, I really thought this was what I wanted to do,” Anthony said. “But my career, my life took a lot of different twists and turns. I’m still happy doing what I’m doing and I’m still in the music business. It’s great to still be able to be in the entertainment music business in a different way .”
LaLa went on to explain that Hip Hop played an important role in her career trajectory. As LaLa said, she got into MTV because she was a Hip Hop fan and wanted to be around the music as much as possible.
“I always say hip-hop is the soundtrack to my life,” she said. “I started my career as an intern because I was such a fan of Hip Hop that I wanted to be around the music all the time. I started an intern when I was 16 years old at a radio station just to be around the music and my favorite artists. Just be able to embody that.”
Nas, on the other hand, recently got a lot of love from Irv Gotti for his 2002 single “Made You Look” from his sixth studio album gods son. During his visit to Earn your free time podcast, Gotti argued that there is no better rap single than Nas’ “Made You Look.”
“‘Made You Look’ might be the best hip-hop record. He has the best hip-hop album and the best hip-hop single. The best hip-hop record might be ‘Made You Look,'” Gotti declared.
When one of the co-hosts asked if it tops Nas’ 1996 hit “If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)” featuring Lauryn Hill, he replied: “‘If I Ruled the World’ isn’t even in the damn sentence! [It’s a] great record, immortal, iconic; it’s not on the list as the best hip-hop record!”