The 10 Best Rappers of All Time List!

#10. Lil Wayne – I’ll start off by saying that you could make a “legitimate” argument for at least ten MC’s to be put in this last spot. Names like Rakim, Andre 3000, Big Boi, Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Scarface, Ghostface, etc (too many names to list honestly). So why did I decide to stick Wayne into this spot over all of the others? Words like “legacy”, and “impact” both immediately pop into my head when thinking about Wayne’s career. There are at least a dozen big rap artists from today who are already blatantly influenced by Weezy, and the man is still only in his mid 30’s. The dude is the definition of a “young OG”. The “skeptics” will say things like “what about all of those half assed rap verses he pumped out following his prison release and the years beyond?”. To be honest with you, I agree with that thought process. A lot of bad cringe worthy material is attached to Wayne’s name, but I don’t believe that that nullifies the earlier work in his career. The Carter 2 and 3 are still both classic albums, there’s no denying that…

25 Best Lil Wayne Songs of All Time List: https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/06/29/25-best-lil-wayne-songs-of-all-time/

 

#09. Drake – Quick question for ya? Who’s “dominated” more consecutive summers then Drizzy Drake? The answer? No one naturally. Would I seriously be promoting another rapper right now? I don’t think so… Now back to the Champange Papi … Nahsayer’s will say things like “what about the ghostwriting allegations?”, or “isn’t he liar because he said he “started from the bottom” because he drove an Acura?”. Personally none of that “noise” bothers me. Is the music dope? If your answer is yes, then what’s really the issue? Drakes in a tough position. Street dudes don’t f#ck with him because he’s not street enough. College  kids prefer Kendrick’s music more because he’s more lyrical and “conscious”. Drake doesn’t “own” a specific rap demographic. He’s a “pop star” first and foremost, but I don’t think that should discredit his overall contributions to hip hop…

25 Best Drake Songs of All Time List: https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/05/25/top-25-drake-songs-so-far/

 

#08. Ice Cube – So many rap websites “front” on the Don Mega when it comes to being mentioned on rap lists like these. Why? Probably because most of these “rap editors” haven’t finished puberty yet, but that’s a discussion for different time. Ice Cube is a lyrical beast! One of the baddest men to ever touch a mic without a doubt. A member of the legendary N.W.A not mention a hand full of  other groups. Have I mentioned that his debut album “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted” is one of the best hip hop albums of all time? The dudes an absolute legend, and a decent actor to boot…

25 Best Ice Cube Songs of All Time List: https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/07/07/ice-cubes-best-songs-of-all-time/

 

#07. Kanye West – Kanye West is the owner of the most consistent rap discography ever. Classic upon classic album has been put out by Ye over the years, and people want to still act like he isn’t one of the very best to ever do it? “Lyrically” Kanye is no Rakim, but his “ear” for making music is right up there with the very best (Dr. Dre, Large Professor, Pete Rock, etc.). The song “Stronger” was rerecorded nearly one hundred times… That’s a special type of genius right there…

25 Best Kanye West Songs of All Time: https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/05/31/top-25-kanye-west-songs-of-all-time/

 

#06. Notorious B.I.G – I’ll be the first one to say that I wish there was some way to fit Biggie Smalls into the top 5. I’ve thought of numerous possible alterations i could make to this list to try and make this happen, but none of the changes “felt right” to me. So as it stands right now, the most talented MC of all time is “#06” on this list, and here’s why… The simplest answer I can come up with is there is an insufficient amount material with the Notorious B.I.G’s name on it. It’s really that simple. If he were still alive today I have little doubt in my mind that he would currently be #01. all time, but since this isn’t a “fantasy rap” list I have to accept reality. The Notorious B.I.G is no longer on the “Mount Rushmore” of hip hop, and if we are honest with ourselves it’s probably been that way for quite some time now… I can still say that “Biggie Smalls is the illest” though… That statement will always stay true…

25 Best Notorious B.I.G Songs of All Time: https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/05/19/top-25-notorious-b-i-g-songs-of-all-time/

 

#05. Kendrick Lamar – K-dot in the top 5? I’ve seen it all now… In all seriousness though, his spot in hip hop is well deserved. With two 5 star classic’s (To Pimp a Butterfly, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City) under his belt, and not mention another 4 star album in (Section .80). Kendrick Lamar has had one of the best starts to rap career ever! He hasn’t had many miss steps thus far (a lot of forgettable guest verses isn’t that big of a deal). So what’s holding him back from being put higher up this list? The easy answer is simply “time”. The amount of years in the game (6-7 years depending on your definition of “debut”) is pretty solid, but in comparison to the other rappers ahead of him, he hasn’t been doing it long enough to be the unequivocal number one yet. Maybe one day…

25 Best Kendrick Lamar Songs of All Time: https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/04/27/kendrick-lamars-best-songs/

 

#04. Eminem – Alright now were getting into the “Mount Rushmore” portion of this list (there are four presidents on Mount Rushmore in case you were wondering…). Why Eminem at number 4? He’s sold more albums then anyone in hip hop history! He’s the most technically “mainstream” rapper ever! The Marshall Matthers LP is one the best hip hop albums of all time! Why not Eminem at number 4? Is it because he’s white, and doesn’t rap enough about “street sh*t”? Yeah probably… The biggest legitimate complaint someone could muster up against Eminem’s music is that it isn’t “hip hop” enough. He’s made a notable career dropping hits like “My Name Is”, “The Real Slim Shady”, “Without Me”, “Not Afraid”, etc… In my opinion that isn’t a “huge problem”, but i know that some “hip hop purest” may feel differently, and I can’t necessarily fault them for having that opinion…

25 Best Eminem Songs of All Time: https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/06/11/25-best-eminem-songs-of-all-time/

 

#03. Nas – Nas is the “dictionary definition” of hip hop! It’s scary how naturally dope this man is. I seriously doubt that hes ever committed a “wack” offence in his entire life… Actually I take that back… Some of those albums that he put out in the late 90’s and mid 2000’s were pretty bad. Nas as a lyricist is one of the best ever, but making “hooks” and “song structures” have never been one of Nas strong suits. Illmatic is a top 5 hip hop album of all time, but past that he hasn’t really graced us a ton of “classic” material. “Stillmatic”, “God’s Son”, “Life is Good”, “The Lost Tapes”, are all good/great albums, but if your counting “classic’s” Nas doesn’t have many to speak of, and I think that is a crucial thing to consider while discussing who is truly the best rapper of all time…

25 Best Nas Songs of All Time: https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/05/13/top-25-nas-songs-of-all-time/

 

#02. Tupac Shakur – This man has a “2” in his name, what did you honestly expect?… (that was a joke obviously)… Okay ill start off by saying that there are a plethora of hip hop lists in which 2Pac is firmly number one… “Most influential rapper” #01… “The rapper with the biggest/best legacy on the culture” #01… “Hardest working rapper” #01… There at least a dozen rap category’s that Pac is the “best” in. That’s why many people willing put 2Pac on a rap “pedestal”. Tupac Shakur is to rap music as to what Michael Jordan is to basketball. He defines “the game”. The biggest difference between the two though is that Pac didn’t get to have the same long illustrious career that Jordan had. He was gunned down at 25 years old during his “peak”. Would Jordan still be considered the greatest basketball player of all time if he died at 25? The answer is probably not. Tupac Shakur is the most legendary rapper of all time, but that doesn’t necessarily make him the best ever. When your comparing “song for song” there is one rapper in which I can definitively say has a better song catalog then Pac, and that person is…

25 Best Tupac Shakur Songs of All Time: https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/04/27/top-25-2pac-songs-of-all-time/

 

#01. Jay-Z – The most quotable MC of all time is also the best rapper of all time in my opinion! Hova has done almost everything right in his career (besides retiring early). Jay-Z has given us the “blueprint” (no pun intended) on how to remain near the top of the rap game for 20+ years. While most succumb to the pressure of being at the “top”, Jay has seemingly thrived under that pressure. His best album (The Blueprint) was made while he was already 5 years into the game. Not many rappers can do that. Not to mention that he just dropped another gem of an album (4:44) at 47 freakin years old! That would be like if Jordan came back at 47 and dropped 60 points in Madison Square Garden. Things like that simply aren’t supposed to happen. Most rappers are “washed” at 30, so the fact Jay is still so relevant today as he is, is a testament to the type of artist he is…

25 Best Jay-Z Songs of All Time: https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/04/29/top-25-jay-z-songs-of-all-time/


Jay-Z 4:44 Album Review: https://hiphopwontstop.blog/2017/07/01/jay-z-444-album-review/

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