Top 10 Rappers of All Time

Making top ten lists is like going on a first date and having someone ask you what your favorite song is. Impossible to say. How can you rank rappers? What qualifications could one possibly use? So, rather than act like I have any authority, I give you, in no order whatsoever, a list of the top ten rappers of all time:

1. Notorious B.I.G.

Arguably Brooklyn’s greatest rapper, Biggie spit flows like none other. Though he’s been dead for over a decade, his lyrics still inspire us today: “It was all a dream…”

2. Lil Wayne

Once I made the mistake of downloading Weezy’s entire discography and now it takes up way too much space on my computer. Even though he’s been on the scene for years, he still seems to make it onto every track they play on Hot 97 and kills it…causing me to listen to his latest jam “Love Me” seven times a day.

3. Ghostface Killah

Another rapper who’s still going strong is Ghostface Killah. If we can’t have all of Wu-Tang, we’ll have to take him, and considering that his latest album is dope, there’s nothing to complain about.

4. Tupac

I’m not trying to start another East Coast/West Coast rap battle, so obviously I have to give some love to Tupac.

5. Nas

A classic East Coast rapper who raps about the East Coast, Nas continues to do his thing year after year. He’ll be at the The Governors Ball Music Festival in NY in June. Chances look good for him playing “NY State of Mind.”

6. Jay-Z

Like Nas, Jay keeps us lovin’ him by giving NY mad love on his tracks (and by bringing us the Barclays Center. Wait, is that a good thing?).

7. Kanye West

Haters gonna hate, but I’ll give Kanye mad ups. He’s working on his sixth album; trying (if not yet entirely succeeding) in the fashion world; and he looks damn fine in a leather skirt.

8. Kendrick Lamar

Fresh outta Compton Kendrick Lamar started out making dope mixtapes and now makes doper albums. His first studio release good kid, m.A.A.d. city is a intricately woven art piece, which tells the story of young Kendrick as he makes his way through the wilds of Compton. If you already haven’t – go listen to it!

9. Drake

He’s on all the hot tracks now, has silly swagged out dance moves (check him getting jiggy on “Started From the Bottom”), and drops one liners like no other. Drake, what’s not to love?

10. Common

Common has respect for women, as well as great flows. Enough said. Also, once I saw him live, and he threw down on an ill freestyle.

Updated list coming soon with a fresh set of decision critera. Let us know what you think of the current one in the comments below!

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