Every rap fan has had this conversation And that's "Who's makes the list of the best rappers of all time? This list doesn't care about who's popular. It doesn't give bonus respect points to those who are old school. It doesn't matter who calls themselves the G. All we care about is pure, technical skill levels, whether they're on a major label or an independent outfit. They need to have been on the scene long enough to prove they can stay consistent, too. That means we're analyzing advanced rhyme schemes, multisyllabic rhyming, keeping the lyrics sensible while dancing through these technicalities, and also being genuine and authentic in their messaging. We'll start with the top 10 best rappers of all time, then we'll move on to the runners up who are real close to breaking into the top of the list.
1979: Grandmaster Caz
Rick Kern. It's a question that will always be at the center of the hip hop world: Who is the best? However, the 21st century has been a different kind of beast. Sure, Jay-Z and Nas, along with Eminem and others, dominated early on.
10. Lil Wayne
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Diehard fans, music nerds and critics love lists. In no other genre do artists so blatantly express their desire to outdo competition. Even Tupac, perhaps the most influential rapper ever globally, is arguably known more for great songwriting than dominant bars. But leaving that aside, his dizzying run of mixtapes, albums and guest spots from around to is arguably the most prolific example of quality meets quantity hip-hop has ever seen. No MC has ever rapped that well, on that many songs, for that long of a time period. Until Kendrick Lamar came along.
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