“The Ghost” Styles P from the legendary Ruff Ryders sat down on a recent episode of Scoop B Radio, and he discussed a ton of topics, including whether or not Jay-Z has ever lyrically surpassed the late Notorious B.I.G. As one of the most revered lyricists with a career spanning three decades, including his close relationship with Biggie, it’s safe to say that what Styles has to say is valid.

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Around the 25-minute mark, Scoop asked if Hov ever surpassed Biggie lyrically, and Styles matter-of-factly replied, “No, I don’t. I don’t say anyone surpassed Biggie because Big didn’t have a fair shot to be around as long as he should’ve, and I believe he set the tone. I believe in hip-hop; we make too many comparisons, especially with people who are not around. I don’t think Jay-Z makes it to where he’s at; The L.O.X. makes it to where he’s at…a bunch of us, if it wasn’t for Big and ‘Pac setting a certain tone, standard and bar in the rap game for you to keep up to the bar.”

Styles delved into other topics, including his favorite producers to work with, his “Mount Rushmore” of MCs, who were Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Kool G. Rap, and KRS-1, as well as a host of other topics related to Styles’ illustrious career.


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