Russ Names Nipsey Hussle & Kanye West Among His Top 5 Rappers

Every rapper or rap fan is expected to have their Top 5 favorite rhymers list ready on deck at all times, much like knowing your go-to order at McDonald’s.

Russ stopped by Power 106’s L.A. Leakers last week at was asked about his Top 5 of personal favorite rappers that he listens to which he made sure to clarify is different than who he believes is the Top 5 greatest of all-time.

“My favorite is — in no order — [Eminem], Nipsey [Hussle], [J. Cole], Drake and Kanye [West],” he said.

As far as his greatest ever list, Russ made sure to add the likes of Black Thought, JAY-Z and Lil Wayne to be included in the conversation of GOATs.

Russ has been on a press tour in support of his CHOMP 2 album which was released on December 8. The 14-track effort finds Russ lyrically sparring with Joey Badass, Wale, Ghostface Killah, Jay Electronica, Jadakiss, Styles P, Conway The Machine, Lloyd Banks, The Game and more.

The 29-year-old explained his intentions for the rap-heavy project series was to challenge other rhymers during a sit-down with Ebro Darden on Apple Music.

“I’m trying to just cultivate a home for people who want to rap and just go crazy,” he said. “Not any of this eight bars and then bridge, nah, rap for a minute and a half. And then you rap for a minute and a half and we’ll put a little hook in between just to get us through the shit, and let’s keep it pushing.

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“I’m trying to create that home because I know I’m a fan of that style of rap. You feel me? And I wish more artists who can rap and really go, would make these projects… Would do a CHOMP-like series, because I still like hearing rappers just rap on a beat for two and a half minutes, eight songs in a row. I still like that.”

Stream the project below.

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