17. The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World, Keith Murray
Keith Murray is a prime example of MCs who don’t say much and are damn good at it. Most of his debut album is spent talking about writing rhymes, rocking mics and smoking weed, but his gift is making it sound so cool. Having Erick Sermon at his back (pause) helps a lot, but there’s also the way Murray pronounces words that draws you in. If he’d said “the most beautifullest thing in this world” without leaning into that non-word, nobody might have given a shit.
The guy who first went as Do Damage and Keefy Keef had a deadly trio of talent: a distinct voice, an extensive vocabulary, and a spunky sense of rhythm. He wasn’t saying anything out of this world (though he did end up escaping the world), but his debut is the type of CD that doesn’t leave the whip.