GANGSTA'S PARADISE star Coolio is unimpressed with the new generation of rappers like Eminem and 50 CENT - dubbing them "average".

The veteran rapper believes the much-heralded rush of new talent into the hip-hop world is vastly overrated - rebuffing suggestions Eminem is the world's best MC, despite the controversial star becoming the most successful hip-hop artist ever.

He argues, "I don't know why people say he's the best rapper. He's got a high voice: he's clever but he ain't perfect.

"The best rapper has to be perfect. No rapper's perfect, so it's a funny thing. These titles say how something is without it really being that way. I think most (new rappers) are average. 50 Cent's definitely average."

12/09/2003 17:22