Melle Mel has been making headlines for his controversial takes on several rappers while referring to Billboard’s best rappers of all time list. He made some controversial claims like when he said Busta Rhymes was better than Jay-Z. He even made some comments about Eminem but his most recent take may be the most controversial of them all.
During a recent interview on The Art of Dialogue, Melle Mel said that he believes DMX and Tupac were better actors than rappers.
“I thought Tupac was a better actor than he was a rapper,” the 61-year-old began. ” I thought DMX was a better actor than he was a rapper. Because it’s that persona and when you take a guy like that and you put them in front of a camera… I mean, DMX, he was a pretty good actor. He could have just stayed within himself and been more dedicated to what he was doing.”
He then continued to say that Method Man and Ludacris were good actors because they had the same persona.
“Method Man, he’s a good actor,” he continued. “Ludacris a good actor. Because it’s almost the same thing. If you got a persona it’s almost like you acting anyway. So, when you put that same guy in front of the camera, there you go! Mos Def, I thought he was a hell of an actor.”
Although he praised these rappers’ skills, many fans would probably feel that he downplayed their skills on the mic. But, this won’t be the first time that fans disagreed with him.
He received massive backlash for his comments regarding Eminem where he stated that Shady was only considered a top five rapper because he was white. Following the backlash, Mel responded to the outrage.
“We’re responsible for the genre,” he stated. “We’re the biggest influences in the genre, and if you ask anybody that knows anything about true Hip Hop, they will tell you that. If you ask anybody that calls themselves an MC, they will be the first to tell you that there is no modern day rap or Hip Hop of that nature if it wasn’t for Grandmaster Flash, if it wasn’t for the Furious Five, if it wasn’t for Melle Mel, if it wasn’t for [Keef] Cowboy.”
We’re sure that many fans will still disagree on his take about Tupac or modern-day rap. We will have to wait and see which rapper Mel decides to make a controversial statement against next. Until then, stay tuned to Thirsty For News.
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