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The MTV Hip-Hop Brain Trust: "The Greatest MCs Of All Time"

Tuma Basa - manager, MTV Music Programming
Bridget Bland - producer/ writer, MTV Radio Network
Tone Boots - creative consultant, MTV
Buttahman - manager, music and talent, "MTV Jams"
Sway Calloway - on-air correspondent, MTV News
Rahman Dukes - features producer, MTVNews.com
Sean Lee - supervising producer, MTV News
Joseph Patel - producer, MTV News
Shaheem Reid - hip-hop editor, MTV News
Kurt Williamson - associate producer, "The Shop"





    Tuma Basa
    Representing: Africa and Iowa City, Iowa
    Picks:






      1. Jay-Z
      2. Tupac
      3. Biggie
      4. Nas
      5. KRS-One
      6. Scarface
      7. Eminem
      8. Rakim
      9. Snoop Dogg
      10. Talib Kweli





    Bridget Bland
    Representing: ATL
    Picks:






      1. Tupac
      2. Notorious B.I.G.
      3. Scarface
      4. Andre 3000
      5. Nas
      6. Jay-Z
      7. LL Cool J
      8. Big Daddy Kane
      9. Chuck D
      10. Rakim





    Buttahman
    Representing: Baltimore, Maryland
    Picks:






      1. Rakim
      2. Jay-Z
      3. Notorious B.I.G.
      4. Tupac
      5. Nas
      6. KRS-One
      7. Big Daddy Kane
      8. Common
      9. Snoop Dogg
      10.Black Thought





    Rahman Dukes
    Representing: Upstate New York and New York City
    Picks:






      1. Notorious B.I.G.
      2. Nas
      3. Jay-Z
      4. Big Daddy Kane
      5. Rakim
      6. KRS-One
      7. Ghostface
      8. Jadakiss
      9. LL Cool J
      10. Big Pun





    Sean Lee
    Representing: St. Louis, Missouri
    Picks:






      1. Tupac
      2. Notorious B.I.G.
      3. Jay-Z
      4. Rakim
      5. Nas
      6. KRS-One
      7. Eminem
      8. Ice Cube
      9. LL Cool J
      10. Scarface





    Joseph Patel
    Representing: San Francisco, California
    Picks:






      1. Nas
      2. Notorious B.I.G.
      3. Jay-Z
      4. Rakim
      5. Q-Tip
      6. Ghostface
      7. Kool G. Rap
      8. Ice Cube
      9. KRS-One
      10. Common





    Shaheem Reid
    Representing: Queens, New York
    Picks:






      1. Jay-Z
      2. Notorious B.I.G.
      3. Tupac
      4. Nas
      5. LL Cool J
      6. Rakim
      7. KRS-One
      8. Big Daddy Kane
      9. Ice Cube
      10. Eminem



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