The transition from hip-hop maestro to rap artist is a tough one, and not everyone can master it. But when it comes to getting down on the mic, some beatsmiths just have the gift of gab. With Kanye West making the successful leap from soulful in-house producer to one of the game’s most respected (and controversial) voices on the mic, XXL felt it only right to count down the best 10 producers turned rappers of all time in the October 2010 issue, which is on stands now.
Coming in at No. 3 is Diddy, whose rhymes always sound like good money. Be sure to pick up the October issue to get the full write up on Puff and how he earned his spot. But for now, here’s Diddy’s 5 big-money lines.
Diddy’s “Bad Boy for Life”
“We still here, you’re rockin’ with the best/Don’t worry if I write rhymes, I write checks.”
Waka Flocka Flame’s “O Let’s Do It (Remix)”
“I got my billions up, fuckin’ with them White folks/Now I don’t give a fuck, ’cause I’m richer than them White folks.”
Diddy’s “Been Around the World”
“Was in a one-bedroom, dreaming of a million/Now I’m in beach houses, cream to the ceiling.”
G-Dep’s “Let’s Get It”
“I’m the Bad Boy flavor, light-blue gators/Not guilty, and I’m filthy.”
Busta Rhymes’s “Arab Money (Remix)”
“I’m profiling, with my billions pilin’, I’m just wildin’, bought two islands/Lakshmi Mittal’n, diamonds is salmon, ’bout to buy Fifth Ave., bitch, I’m just stylin’.”