The barbershop is the hood’s social club. It’s a place where different generations of men can share experiences, stories, and opinions. As a youngster, you feel timid and overwhelmed by some of the adult conversations that go down while you wait for your appointment. So when you come of age and have been going to the same shop for a while, it’s a right of passage to be able to hold court for the first time. You almost feel as if you’ve arrived as a man.
Debates are what drives those conversations and they could get heated more time than not. Whether it be who are the greatest ball players to who are the greatest rappers, varying opinions will either make you shake your head when you agree or jump out your seat when you don’t.
New York’s Jadakiss is a rapper that’s mentioned when those greatest rapper convos pop up. For years, he’s referred to himself as “Top 5 Dead or Alive” and you won’t find many folks disagreeing with him. He’s been putting it down for two decades, and he and the Lox have held their own alongside legends since they came in the game.
Kiss visits the barbershop, This Is It, in the Bronx during a debate about the top five greatest rappers of all time. Internet personality Taxstone plays as moderator as the entire shop joins in an interesting and heated debate. Names like Jada,DMX, Styles P, Scarface, Jay Z, Nas, Biggie, and Nicki Minaj are mentioned, proving that everyone has different opinions based on experiences and tastes. Check the video above to get a taste of what happens in hood barbershops everyday. Jadakiss’ fourth album, “Top 5 Dead or Alive” drops Nov. 20—you can pre-order it here.