What about just favorite artist not top five artist or bands? Mine would have to be a guy named Woodie,an underground Northen Cali rapper who had gang ties and lived a crime filled life,only to supposedly take his own life in 2007 after his two closest friends got caught up in what was widely percieved as less than true dealings with police. He's someone that talks about alot of mental pain,stress and struggle ,and I certainly can relate . Plus he really is a true lyricist that has a real way with words.
Here is a prime example of classic Woodie: