Rapping, MCing or Spitting. Whatever you call it. It is hard to understand the quick verses at times. But who cares? They’re always provocative. Rapping is like a fusion of poetry and boxing. This genre has evolved from being a black men’s sport to a vastly cherished form of music. Hip-hop has been gifted with a lot of talented artists in the past. It would be a very tough job to form a top ten list. But we have created one for you. The criteria for this list has been popularity and the legacy created by the rap artist. Check our top ten rappers of all time.
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DMX received limelight through his 1999 best selling album, …And Then There Was X, with popular tracks such as ‘ Party up’. The album was declared 6 times platinum. Kendrick lamar claimed to be inspired by DMX in an interview. Unfortunately, DMX could not upgrade his Rap career due to drug issues and legal problems.
9. LL Cool J
He was the artist who inspired Eminem to start rapping in first place. Known for his legendary tracks, ‘ Mama said knock you’ and ‘ I’m bad’, Ladies love cool James was one of the pioneers of golden age hip-hop. His romantic ballad, ‘I need love’ still sounds peerless. Though he is more active on the acting field nowadays, he will always be included among the rap legends.
9. Snoop Dogg
Snoop dogg was discovered in 1992 by Dr, Dre and collaborated with him in his classic album The chronic. After that, his first album Doggy style turned out to sell almost a million copies in the first week of its release. It was certified 4x platinum in 1994. His second album, The Dogfather was certified double platinum in 1997. He is considered a mogul in hip-hop ever since.
7. Andre 3000
From Eminem to Kendrick Lamar, many rappers still regard Andre 3000 as one of the greats. Eminem mentioned about him in the song ‘ Till I collapse’ and Lamar placed him in his list of top 10 rappers of all time. He has been a member of the Hip-Hop trio Outcast since 1992 and has been consistently regarded as one of the best rappers in the game.
Undoubtedly a true legend. His mixtapes with Eric B. are still a delight to listen to. He was the pioneer of the Golden age hip hop. His album Paid in full with Eric B. was rated as the greatest hip-hop album of all time by MTV in 2006. A rap icon and inspiration for millions of rap music fans. Tupac, Biggie, Eminem and Jay-Z have all cited him as an inspiration.
His first album, Illmatic rose to universal acclaim in 1992. He was 20 years old that time. It is still regarded among the legendary hip-hop albums. His follow-up album, It was written, debuted at number 1 on the billboard charts. MTV ranked at no. 5 in its list of the Greatest MCs of all time. In July 2013, he was honored by Harvard University, as the institution established the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship.
4. The Notorious B.I.G.
When Biggie released his album, Ready to die, he became a central figure in the east-coast hip hop. It was during a time when West coast hip hop was dominant. His loose easy flow was a prime constituent of his rapping. Regarded as one of the greats in hip hop, Biggie’s legacy still continues strong and will prevail forever. His posthumous album, Life after death peaked at number 1 on the billboard charts.
It’s been a 19 year old career and JayZ is still going strong. The Blueprint 3 was an instant classic by Hov. He has revealed a new optimistic side to his demeanor which is really nice. In 2008, he married fellow R&B singer Beyonce Knowles, making them one of the most influential couples in the music industry. Reasonable doubt and The Blueprint 1,2 are regarded as benchmark albums in Hip-Hop. No other rapper has endured in the game as long as JayZ has. A true legend in all sense!
Undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in hip-hop. Not only his music but also his philosophy is truly inspiring. Tupac has been an influence for many esteemed rappers such as Nas, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Rolling stone named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time. MTV ranked him at number two on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time. The themes of most of 2pac’s songs revolved around the hardships in inner cities and racism.
The word is Eminem is now almost a synonym to the word rap. The artist of the decade, the rap god, the lyrical genius. Eminem has approximately 75 million followers on facebook, almost twice that of Barack obama! This white guy has been declared the king of hip hop by the Rolling stone magazine. His rhyming patterns along with his lyrics are super-dope. And with the release of MMLP2, it is quite clear; Eminem is still killing it!