Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Chris Rock's Five Top Fives

In his new movie, ”Top Five,” the comedian and his pals bond by trying to rank their five favorite rappers; we asked Rock to give us his own MC list — then we got greedy and had him rank a bunch of other stuff, too

Posted on

Good luck trying to list the five best Chris Rock movies. Even the 49-year-old comic admits it’s a frustrating exercise, basically because his movies have never captured the magic — or danger — of his legendary stand-up. ”My life was becoming Stardust Memories in a way,” he says, citing the Woody Allen movie about a filmmaker who’s lost his comic verve. ”So I just got real with myself and said, ‘Okay, I don’t know how much longer they’re going to let me make movies, but if I got one more in me, let’s go out swinging. Let’s do the exact movie I want to do.”’

Rock wrote and directed Top Five, and it was a surprise hit at the Toronto Film Festival, where it sold to Paramount for $12.5 million. Rock plays a movie star whose already-fading career is about to crumble on the day he’s being interviewed by a savvy New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson). She accompanies him to his old neighborhood, where he and his friends kill time arguing about their top five rappers. ”What are the normal conversations — not the contrived romantic-comedy conversations — that happen when you get a bunch of old friends together?” Rock asks.

Turns out they’re great conversations when you’re as funny as Chris Rock.

Top 5 Rappers in 2014
1. Kanye West: ”Jay Z’s graduated to the all-time list at this point, but Kanye is the most interesting person in the history of rap — the most interesting artist, the most interesting sounds. There’s never been a rapper with a mystique, and he’s that guy. You wonder what he’s going to say. You wonder what he’s going to wear. You wonder who he’s dated. Rap’s never had that — a David Bowie-or Prince-type guy. He’s cornered the market on it.”
2. Rick Ross
3. Nicki Minaj
4. Kendrick Lamar
5. Drake

Top 5 Comedies
1. The Nutty Professor (1996)
2. Broadway Danny Rose
3. Superbad
4. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: ”There’s no movie that ever got bigger laughs than South Park. Ever. You’ve never laughed that hard in a movie theater. You’ve never seen anything that dirty. I remember just sitting in the theater, and even though we were all prepared — hey, it’s South Park — nothing prepared you for it. It’s like getting on a roller coaster that’s faster than you thought it was. Like, ‘Oh s—! Am I going to fall off? Am I going to get hurt here? Are we going to die?’ That’s how funny it was: ‘Are we going to die?”’
5. Borat

Top 5 Fast Foods
1. McDonald’s fries
2. Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich
3. Chipotle burrito bowl
4. Five Guys hot dog
5. Shake Shack burger: ”Remember how good McDonald’s tasted when you were 9 years old? Nothing tasted that good. But Shake Shack, that’s what they figured out: how to make something that tastes like McDonald’s tasted when you were 9. Somebody there actually realized that people want meat in burgers. I don’t know what they do, but it’s that good.”

Top 5 Stand-Up Specials
1. Richard Pryor, Live in Concert
2. Dave Chappelle, Killin’ Them Softly: ”I’m always going to say that Pryor was the best, but my favorite special, personally, that makes me laugh the hardest is Killin’ Them Softly. Normally, if I watch somebody and I think they’re good, they got, like, one or two jokes I wish I’d done. Killin’ Them Softly‘s got, like, 20 jokes I wish I’d done. It’s Chappelle at his all-time greatest, at the height of his superpowers. His imagination is so unlimited, and the whole world’s in front of him. My good friend [DJ and producer] Prince Paul always says, ‘Competition keeps you in condition.’ That motherf—er worked me out that day. Killin’ Them Softly was so good I didn’t want to get on stage for about a month.”
3. Eddie Murphy, Delirious
4. Steve Harvey, One Man
5. Louis C.K., Shameless

Top 5 Movie Cameos
1. Bill Murray, Zombieland: ”Bill Murray lives a couple of miles from me, and he kind of lives in a house like that. If the apocalypse came, he would be living like that. He was just the perfect guy to see in that thing, and he plays the character of Bill Murray so well. Zombieland‘s a great gift, and then to top it off, he’s in it!”
2. Marshall McLuhan, Annie Hall
3. Merv Griffin, The Man With Two Brains
4. Mike Tyson, The Hangover
5. Michael Jackson, Men in Black II

For more on Chris Rock’s faves, visit ew.com/rocktopfive