Fast-rising New Orleans rapper Dee-1 stopped by Yahoo! to knock out a top 3 list with Soren Baker and me for The Aftermath Presents. The "Jay 50 Weezy" MC based his list on the Top 3 Rappers With Legacies.
I don't think anyone can argue with his selections that include Chuck D, Will Smith, and Master P.
Dee-1 said he considers Chuck D one of the most influential rappers because he is "bold in his message and his music." He credited Will Smith, the former DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince rapper, for successfully making a transition from hip-hop to Hollywood, saying, "He's one of the few black actors who can make a phone call and make a movie happen." And being from Louisiana, Dee-1 said he had a personal connection with Master P. "What he did for New Orleans hip-hop and the whole No Limit movement is it gave us an identity nationwide," he said. Check out the discussion.
Additionally, Dee-1 is making moves outside of music. The political activist has been helping promote voting. While in Los Angeles he visited the New Millennium barbershop for a Barack Talk 2012 segment, an effort in conjunction with the League Of Young Voters, Rock The Vote, and Allhiphop.com.