Dr. Seuss' Top Five Hip-Hop Disciples

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In honor of Dr. Seuss' 106th birthday last week (March 2), Rocks Off's present to you is the most Seussical rappers of all time, MCs who excel at the art of poetic rhyming and whimsical wordplay. Their rhymes constantly remind us that Dr. Seuss could have been a platinum rapper in his lifetime.

Doubt it? Try reading Green Eggs and Ham over a Dr. Dre beat.


It's hard to believe that Mason racked up platinum plaques while kicking the same basic rhyme scheme on damn near every song. His style was unwavering in its simplicity. His guest verse on Mya's "Take Me There" comes to mind:

While Dil crys to sleep 'til his eyes are beat

And I couldn't bring Chuckie, Chuckie to petro

Chuckie gets scared, Chuckie say let's go

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Do we really have to argue this one? Chingy is Dr. Seuss with a Southern twang and a still mind. Peep "Jackpot" for a sample of Chingy's nursery rhymes:

Got leeway in my hometown

No mo' jokin cuz it's on now

Who gon' stop, me not a soul

Strap, in, now, let's, roll

3. will.i.am

will.i.am is a beast of a producer. He's also a decent rapper, except when he's rhyming like he just dusted off his How to Rap kit from 1989. More Dr. Seuss than Dr. Octagon, will.i.am has a thing for playfully quaint rhymes. Check the second verse of "I Got It From My Momma" for proof:

You make the guys all dumb

Maybe cause your blessed with the beautiful buns

Maybe cause your beauty keep the dudes unsprung

Wonderin' just where you got that from

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The most Seussian rhyme I've ever heard from a pop artist was "Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie" by the original hip hop artist Bob Dylan (though he was certainly not the first, as he cribbed Subterranean Homesick Blues from Too Much Monkey Business by Chuck Berry).

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