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Oct. 13, 2005

America's Most Wanted: The top 10 MC's alive

by Ethan Kuhnhenn, Online Managing Editor and Abe Schwadron, Online Managing Editor
On September 13, 1996, legendary rapper Tupac Shakur was shot four times while riding with Death Row Records CEO Marion "Suge" Knight down the Las Vegas strip. Six days later, Tupac died of his injuries. If Tupac's death was a disaster, then the next turn of events was a catastrophe. Christopher Wallace, Tupac's former friend and one of hip-hop's all-time top lyricists, known to rap fans as the Notorious B.I.G., was murdered in Los Angeles. The deaths of Tupac and Biggie reverberated throughout the hip-hop world and the rap game has never been the same since. Less than a decade after hip-hop lost two of the greatest rappers to ever bless the microphone with their talents, we present the Top 10 MC's alive.

10. Kanye West

The first entry in our top ten is the new kid in the game: Kanye West. Though Kanye has released only two solo albums and has only been rapping a few years, he cracks our list because of his knowledge of hip-hop music, his vision, his focus and his performing skills. The former producer for rappers such as Jay-Z, Common and Talib Kweli, Kanye has drawn from the lessons these artists taught him and his personal experiences. When Kanye was finally blessed with a record deal and a spot on the Roc-A-Fella team, he wasted no time in getting his music heard. His first single, "Through the Wire," revolved around the story of his near-fatal car accident that forced doctors to wire his mouth shut for weeks. The song, which Kanye recorded with an immobile jaw, put Kanye on the hip-hop map. "How do you console my mom/ Or give her light support/ Tellin' her her son's on life support/ And just imagine how my girl feel/ On the plane scared as hell that her guy look like Emmett Till," rapped Kanye. His distinct flow and politically charged rhymes are some of the most influential in hip-hop history, and his stock as an MC continues to soar. However, his short career is not enough to push him into the top half of our list. But with lines like "Jay's favorite line, 'Dawg, in due time'/ Now he look at me like, 'Damn, dog, you're where I am,' a hip-hop legend/ I think I died in that accident, 'cause this must be heaven" Kanye is working his way there.
Top Track: "Never Let Me Down"
Essential Listening: "College Dropout" (2004)

9. Tribe Called Quest

The Tribe squeezes into our list at number nine, not necessarily because of the group's talent, charisma and quirkiness, but because of how its music ignited an important transition in rap music. Fronted by the eccentric emcee Q-Tip, Tribe Called Quest quietly emerged as one of the leading hip-hop alternatives to the gangsta rap that dominated the 90s. Q-Tip also emerged as the group's leader during the early and mid 90's and captivated audiences with inventive lines about issues facing the black community and the rap industry. Q-Tip is still around today, and his latest work of art, "Live at the Renaissance" is set to hit stores this fall. The Tribe and Q-Tip have had a major impact on the game, laying the tracks for artists such as Outkast, Little Brother and the Roots. According to Tip, the most important thing right now is to protect and expand the rap industry, and he's done just that in a career that spanned more than a decade.
Top Track: "Excursions"
Essential Listening: "The Low End Theory" (1991)

8. Outkast

Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton make up the two-man Atlanta-based team Outkast. The twosome's funky throwback style is an homage to old school rap, and has drawn creative comparisons to Eric B. and Rakim. Big Boi's fast-paced, deep-voiced southern slang is a perfect complement to Andre 3000's over-the-top, dialect-like drawl. The tandem can use their imagination, like in "Ms.
Jackson," a story of an angered mother and an ex-girlfriend, and also have shown the ability to produce true hip-hop classics, such as "Rosa Parks." "We the committee, gon' burn it down/ But us gon' bust you in the mouth with the chorus now," raps Big Boi, while Andre 3000 rhymes, "I met a gypsie and she hit me to some life game/ To stimulate and activate the left and right brain/ Said baby boy you only funky as your last cut…That's one to live by or either that's one to die to/ I try to just throw it at you determine your own adventure."
Top Track: "ATLiens"
Essential Listening: "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" (1994)

7. Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is the cream of the crop, the hip-hop queen of a growing class of lady emcees. Hill achieved fame and stardom as a member of the hip-hop group "The Fugees" and wrote her best music in her four-year career with the group. Hill, a songwriter, singer and rapper is the epitome of a well-rounded emcee. From classic duets with
"Fugee" front man Wylclef Jean, to passionate tirades about hip-hop life and love, this lady is nothing short of amazing. Though often overlooked as an emcee, and regarded primarily as a singer, to those who know her music, it is common knowledge that she deserves a spot on our list. With the Fugees, Hill revolutionized hip-hop, melding it
with reggae-style grooves and mixing in some soul.
Top Track: "To Zion"
Essential Listening: "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (1998)

6. Common

Once known as "Common Sense," this Chicago MC, in the mold of Talib Kweli and Mos Def, brought a new mindset to hip-hop in the early 1990s. Even before Common went mainstream, underground hip-hop aficionados knew of his opinionated slur. Often combined with perfectly selected samples, Common's flow has a raw, real feel and forces listeners to think. Common's skills as an MC are overlooked these days because of an unusual aura (the natural look and his sappy singles like "Come Close") and a disappointing "Electric Circus" album, which dropped in 2002. The rapper, once involved in a feud with Ice Cube, now sticks to spitting about his views on social and
political issues. Common utilizes his storytelling ability to paint pictures for listeners, like in "I Used to Love H.E.R.," Common's ode to a girl named Hip-Hop. "Now I see her in commercials/ She's universal/ She used to only swing it with the inner city circle/ Now
she be in the `burbs lookin' rock and dressin' hippy/ And on some dumb [expletive] when she comes to the city/ Talking about poppin' glocks, servin' rocks and hittin' switches/ Now she's a gangsta, rollin wit gangsta [expletive]." Any real hip-hop fan should have the common sense to put Common in the top ten.
Top Track: "I Used to Love H.E.R."
Essential Listening: "Like Water for Chocolate" (2000)

5. Eminem

Some of Eminem's latest music has overshadowed the true brilliance of his earlier work. From the Slim Shady LP to the Eminem Show, Marshall Mathers, aka Slim Shady, or Eminem, has taught us that rappers better have skill if they want to revolutionize the genre. He's been compared to Elvis, and not only because of the skin tone. Eminem sparked more than enough controversy in his nearly ten-year professional career.
First, for his anti-gay lyrics, sexist remarks and violent threats, and now for his opposition to President Bush and the war in Iraq. Of course, being controversial doesn't make an artist great, but Em's used all the negative attention as inspiration for his music, which ranges from comical observations about his and other celebrities' lives, to angry rants about his mom and former wife Kim. Again, Eminem's earlier work is his best. On the Marshall Mathers and Slim Shady LP's, Eminem takes us to a happier time when all of his songs weren't so sincere. Despite Eminem's legal troubles, his ability to make fun of everything with a lyrical adeptness, from Dick Cheney's heart attack to his own bouts with the FCC, proves that he's a master of rhyme, satire and current events.
Top Track: "As the World Turns"
Essential Listening: "Marshall Mathers LP" (2000)

4. Rakim

The dynamic duo of Eric B. and Rakim burst on the scene in the late 1980s and created an instant buzz in the hip-hop world. The four albums released by the pair featured the rapid, intelligent rhymes and strong voice of Rakim, and the flawlessly funky production of Eric B, whose creative juices helped Rakim establish himself in the rap game. The team's first single, "Paid In Full," off the similarly titled album, is one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever recorded. "Thinkin' of a master plan/ `Cuz ain't nothin' but sweat inside my hand/ So I dig into my pocket all my money spent/ So I go deeper but still comin' up with lint/ So I start my mission leave my residence/ Thinkin' how could I get some dead presidents" rhymes Rakim, who produced two disappointing solo albums in the late 90s, but is best remembered for his innovative rhymes and speedy flow. Almost every other MC on this list was influenced in some fashion by Rakim's revolutionary form of
Top Track: "Juice"
Essential Listening: "Paid In Full" (1987)

3. Talib Kweli & Mos Def

Two of the most skilled, intelligent and passionate artists in the game joined forces to create music that's got an old school message with some new school flavor. Talib Kweli and Mos Def fused to form Blackstar, the rap group full of skills, charisma, and a political conscience. Mos Def is known for his freestyling and suave flows about
issues ranging from crime and poverty to black power. Kweli also has a lot to say about current events, but doesn't let politics take away from the lyrical complexity of his raps, or his party side (think "Get em High"). Kweli and Mos represent the growing genre of alternative rap: hip-hop minus the gangster and thug elements. Instead, Kweli and Mos focus on the music, the hip-hop culture, it's past and where it's going—which is forward if Blackstar has anything to say about it.
Top Track: "Lions of Hip Hop"
Essential Listening: "Black Star" (2002)

2. Jay-Z

Jay-Z slides into our countdown with some controversy at number two, as the beef between he and our #1 MC is well documented. Jay came to life after the death of his friend (and friendly rival) Biggie and instantly grabbed the spotlight of the devastated hip-hop community. The man they call HOVA represented the hip-hop hotbed of Brooklyn with eight solo albums. Jay's confidence and creativity made his collaborations with R & B superstar R. Kelly and rockers Linkin Park successful. His success has been a direct product of his talents as an MC. Jay evokes real emotions in his listeners by drawing on personal experiences and repeating the lessons he learned from B.I.G. A captivating and talented rapper, Jay's innovative rhymes and distinct voice are familiar to those who know his music. For those who don't, here's a taste from "Some People Hate": "face facts, fake rap cats can't take back what I took back to the Brook, look…" Or from "U Don't Know": "I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell/ I am a hustler baby, I sell water to a well/ I was born to get cake/ Move on and switch states/ Cop the coupe with the roof gone and switch plates." Jay-Z's versatility and ability to rap with political motivations, love, hate, and all of life's emotions and subjects have made songs like "Never Change," "Heart of the City," "Song Cry," "Hard Knock Life" and "Big Pimpin'" instant classics.
Top Track: "U Don't Know"
Essential Listening: "Blueprint" (2001)

1. Nas

Yeah, you heard right. Nas, aka Nasir Jones, is the greatest rapper alive. Ask Jay-Z and he'll tell you otherwise, but Nas has proven time and again that he's number one. With a style that encompasses alternative hip-hop, gangsta' rap and old school, this veteran has stunned audiences with vicious flows about issues facing the black community. Nas has shown signs of genius on every one of his nine albums. From the release of "Illmatic" in 1994, to 2004's "The Street's Disciple," the self-proclaimed "God's son" alternates between lyrics about "the hoes and the ice" to songs focusing on "black Christ" and "the black man's plight." As Nas says, "both flows are nice." In between social activism and bragging about his big amounts of money, Nas has always managed to find time to engage in a little beef with nemesis Jay-Z. If you're convinced that Jay-Z should be at the top spot, play close attention to the lyrics in "Stillmatic's" "Ether"—Nas tears Jay-Z and his cohorts apart. Lyrically, Nas is just as good a wordsmith as Jay-Z (listen to "Rewind"). What separates Nas from the competition is his sincerity and depth. On the outside, he's as much of a thug as 50 Cent, but he's got the intelligence and sophistication of an old-school vet, willing to forego record sales and chart-topping tracks for music about the problems in the world—and that's why he's number one.
Top Track: "The Message"
Essential Listening: "Stillmatic" (2001)

Honorable Mentions: Dilated Peoples, Mobb Deep, Jadakiss,
KRS-One, The Roots, Swollen Members, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean

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  • SomeGuy on October 13, 2005 at 1:33 PM
    "Rakim, who produced two disappointing solo albums in the late 90s"

    What are they talking about? I admit that "The Master" was a little disappointing but "The 18th Letter" was dope.
  • 06 on October 13, 2005 at 10:37 PM
    eminem should not have been on this list. he is simply overplayed because he is white and accessible to the suburbs.
  • NO WAY on October 14, 2005 at 7:51 AM
  • 'Cmon guys on October 14, 2005 at 9:53 PM
    What about Pac?
    • living fool (View Email) on March 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM
      The to MC's ALIVE.
  • 07 on October 15, 2005 at 12:27 AM
    oh jeeze "never let me down" was terrible compared to other tracks. his first album was decent for a first, but his second is incredible. 'Gone' is by far the best song he's made. Redefinition is also the best BlackStar song, and Illmatic is Nas's best album. i wont even say anything about eminem.
  • CMON NOW on October 15, 2005 at 12:44 PM
    lets get real, Rakim and Common and Lauryn Hill? They're mediocre at best, and Rakim's beats are painful to listen to, as well as some of common's. Where is Jurassic 5, DMX, Busta Rhymes, and LL Cool J. Cool J was sick back in the day. ALSO, BIG L was ill back before he died, show him some respect. If Dilated Peoples is an honorable mention, I Shall strangle myself.
  • meer on October 15, 2005 at 4:41 PM
    I agree with alot of what you guys say, but I think Mobb Deep deserves a spot on your list. I just listened to "Amerika's Nightmare" again today and I love Havoc and Prodigy. Drop Eminem off your list and push Mobb Deep in at #10, moving everyone else up. I'd also argue that "Electric Relaxation" is Tribe's best, but overall, you guys did a good job. Now you should do the top ten producers alive. Make sure Alchemist makes that list.

    Oh and to 'Cmon guys, Pac is dead, so he doesn't make this list. Give up, he's gone.
  • Anonymous on October 15, 2005 at 7:38 PM
    How could you look over snoop dogg and Dr. Dre who are the image of gangsta rap.
  • gangsta on October 17, 2005 at 9:56 AM
    snoop over does the whole gangsta rap deal. dre should be on the list, sure he's got slow lyrics but he's got the experience and they mean stuff.

    Kanye west on top 10? how about no? DMX, dre, and mobb deep are all better qualified. Eminem COULD be on the list but farther away from 5.

    Certainly agree with Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Jay-Z, and Nas. Illmatic is the best bloody album.
  • Pac (View Email) on October 17, 2005 at 7:47 PM
    I'm still alive.
  • to jason (View Email) on October 18, 2005 at 7:36 AM
    mobb deep's best tracks were "survival of the fittest" and "sho yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, and havoc is short
  • Dantarius Jenkins Higgins on October 19, 2005 at 9:07 AM
    Let some black people decide this, not some random white kids.
  • nerd in his shoe on October 19, 2005 at 6:01 PM
    lauryn hill? come on guys, snoop deserved that spot much much more. Blackstar does not deserve to be at number 3 and mos def does not belong on here at all. Talib Kweli is a far more talanted and versatile rapper. rakim has barely done anything in the last 10 years, take him off of number 3. common should definately move up a spot, his beats are dope, and he is so expressive. speaking of commons beats, get kanye off the list. i personally think he is a better producer than dre, but lyrically hes slow and his rhymes just dont do it for me. plus when he sings its annoying. replace him with GZA, Raekwon or Ghostface killa. yall need to represent the Wu!
  • c'mon... on October 21, 2005 at 2:48 AM
    Yeah, Lauryn Hill...she does not deserve to be on the countdown, and even though Kanye West is a decent MC, his debut album was only a couple years ago. That hardly qualifies him to be one of the greatest rappers ALIVE. You two should also give Jay-Z some more credit for his 10 platnum albums.

    Ethan and Abe need to revise thier top 10
  • sum1 is watchin u on October 22, 2005 at 12:17 AM
    Dre and Snoop should've been on the list not just Honorable Mentions. Emimem does desrve a spot on the list and shoulda been @ #4 but ur rite---his recent music is not as good as wat he used to make. and his rap is not really gangsta but sumthin else.

    Switch nas and J-Z around

    and y is 50 cent not even an Honorable mention?

    Kanye is good, but he's too new
  • kunle (View Email) on October 22, 2005 at 7:33 AM
    ur ratings are fair bcos i disagree ur putting kanye west,eminem and jay-z,when mcs like method man,scarface,raekwon are not even given a placing.
  • meer on October 22, 2005 at 10:52 AM
    In my defense, I'm basically just a nerdy white kid, so I'm not supposed to know anything about Mobb Deep. But honestly, I like the Alchemist-produced beats on "Amerika's Nightmare." All Mobb Deep is good with me, though.
  • Justus League on October 26, 2005 at 9:15 PM
    Little Brother got mentioned in this article, but not the Honorable kind. Considering they studied Tribe's and Outkast's styles and made them better, they deserve spots 8 and 9. And 1 and 2 because their producer remixed God's Son and made beats for Jay-Z. You want creativity? LB flowed on top of beats they were getting in emails from a Dutch guy they never even met in the Foreign Exchange album. And if you want depth, just listen to the Minstrel Show.
  • matt again on October 26, 2005 at 9:50 PM
    meer dogg give up. mobb deep is trash and prodigy is the ugliest dude i ever seen. they just signed with G Unit. i have no respect for them.
  • ....... on October 26, 2005 at 9:52 PM
  • matt on October 27, 2005 at 5:02 PM
    i cant live my, i, i cant live my, i cant live my liiife this way. this way. this way.
  • phillip stohl allen on October 27, 2005 at 10:02 PM
    trick daddy combines ingenious lyrics with dope beats. i cant fathom why he wouldnt make the top ten MC's alive, i got him at number two. And where are the ying yang twins? the wisper song was by far the song of the year, hands down. and there great work in the past seems to mean nothing. i admit, mike jones is new to the game, but he just blows away mc's like jay z and nas. his technique of saying the same line over and over and in every song is phat. and dont forget, trick daddy loves the kids.
  • my hump on October 27, 2005 at 10:03 PM
    Put Blackeyed Peas or Dead Prez on. LOLOLOLOOLOL
  • RIP on October 28, 2005 at 7:50 AM
    if yawl know hip hop, you would know Rakim is the A lyrical Mastermind AND he should be at number 1.
  • yoyooyoyo (View Email) on October 31, 2005 at 10:08 AM
    listen, snoop and dre and mobb deep are better than lauryn hill, rakim, common, and tribe called quest. Wu-Tang also deserves some respect. Rza, Gza, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, and ODB all deserve some respect. I would agree Nas is sick with it and so is Jay and the rest of the artists mentioned. some of the underground artists are sick with it too VANILLA ICE RIP
  • nicole (View Email) on November 8, 2005 at 1:58 PM
    What about the old school legends like run dmc or heavy d. Give them credit they deserve it.
  • matt on November 9, 2005 at 8:40 PM
    aight yall didnt post my last comment so ill say this. jay z is number 1 with 12 platinum alblums and eminem should be top ten but his recent stuff is horrible. lauren hill is a beast but shouldnt be on there, neither should common or kanye, ye is too new. blackstarr is a beast, as is rakim. snoop is lyrically slow and dre is a producer, you were right that neither of them should be there. wu tang is good, kool g rap needs to be on there. nas is good but doesnt compare to jay. just cause he killed him in ether doesnt mean he is 1. thats just ethan not knowin anything. he also doesnt know jay z's best track cause it sure aint "u dont know". thats just all he has on his ipod. ethan U DOnt Know any other jay z songs. Try heart of the city or somethin off of reasonable doubt. ll cool j should be top ten, ask rappers like jay z and nas. dilated peoples, mobb deep, jadakiss are not honorable mentions. roots are top ten. Dantarius what you know bout rap. u prolly listen to that mike jones stuff. phil you have a great taste in music.
  • to phil on November 11, 2005 at 8:56 AM
    chill with all that yah yakky
  • to all people who made (View Email) on November 15, 2005 at 8:43 AM
    arite im here once and for all the hip hop mastermind. you all have bad taste in music. phil, trick daddy is terrible, and you betta "shuttt uppp". matt, jay-z hasn't been good since blueprint, and his best cd is most definetly "reasonable doubt." because you just can't knock the hustle. nicole, i dont agree with you at all because heavy d and run dmc were pioneers of rap, but they had no flow or beats. meer, i agree that mobb deep is good but they just joined g unit and that makes them terrible. good job for not putting 50 cent on the list. where is IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE??????????im out lauryn hill from the top 10.
  • to add to that (View Email) on November 15, 2005 at 7:04 PM
    gosh phil your taste is worse than matts. mike jones is sicker than nas????and to consider ying yang twins rappers is a hard thing to do. im out like common from the top 10.
  • L on November 16, 2005 at 7:40 PM
    Big L was fresh u should peep some of his freestyles
  • fanfan (View Email) on November 17, 2005 at 2:04 PM
  • Boss Smoke (View Email) on November 20, 2005 at 7:46 AM
    Rakim is the best rapper alive. Possibly the best ever. The most underrated that's for sure. His lyrics are perfect and they come out sounding better than any other rapper could have possibly said them.
  • matt on November 20, 2005 at 11:32 AM
    i am the truth
  • LISTEN UP on November 23, 2005 at 1:11 PM
    Dantarius Jenkins Higgins :: 10/19/2005, 09:07 AM
    Let some black people decide this, not some random white kids

    i completely agree and disagree. THe two white kids who wrote this are long time hip hop lovers. Yes, hip hop originated from black people. But by saying that white people shouldnt get to write an article about it is completely racist. Maybe silver chips should get some black kids. this school and this county and state and country are all racist. You see it from the graduation rates and the college degrees. it goes deeper than you think.
  • Anonymous (View Email) on November 25, 2005 at 11:30 PM
    where my man Luda, he the nicest in the south and he nicer than most cats up north and on the left coast, he should at least make honorable mention over Mobb Deep an Dialated peoples. Also who is swollen members?
  • cc (View Email) on November 29, 2005 at 2:25 PM
    Alright I can only agree with a couple of the mcs on the list, Jay,nas and tribe.
    What about Buckshot!?!? what about Cormega!?!?!? and what about AZ!?!?!?
    AND WHAT ABOUT SCARFACE!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Premier Fan on December 17, 2005 at 10:12 PM
    this list isnt really what i was thinking of. sure you got some right, tribe, jay, nas, mos, etc. etc. etc. i fully disagree with outkast and common on the top 10. they may be great emcees but outkast esecially has no individuality. if common is on there, put down j5 at least on honourable mention. 50 has to be AT LEAST on the honourable mention aswell. and im not sure y the swollen members, wyclef and the roots are there. obviously you don't have all your facts straight. delete this page cuz its opinion based not facts sucker.
  • chill on January 5, 2006 at 3:21 PM
    isnt ian gold a linebacker 4 the broncos????
    also, what about lil wayne? i agree w/da res, tho. everybody stop hating on the writers, lets c u do a better top 10.
  • krs on February 8, 2006 at 6:12 PM
  • what are y'all talking about? (View Email) on March 18, 2006 at 10:08 PM
    Eminem's new stuff is just as good, if not better than his old stuff.

    And "As this world turns" as the top song??? Take a listen to "Stan", "Cleanin' Out My Closet", or "White America".

    Also his band D12 has a few albums that are great.

    He is simply amazing, for people to say he doesn't deserve top 10 is rediculous. I wouldn't have been surprised if he was #1, he's awesome.
  • gunotkilla (View Email) on May 5, 2006 at 1:18 PM
    The only good rapper on that list is eminem. All those spots should be filled with g-unit, d12, young jeezy,and chamillionaire.
  • Dont know (View Email) on May 6, 2006 at 2:24 AM
    Z-RO is the BEST rapper since 2pac.keep sleeping
  • makaveli (View Email) on May 16, 2006 at 11:21 AM
    2pac 2pac 2pac makaveli tha don is tha best man 2pac 4life..........................hahaha
  • all tha jazzz on June 16, 2006 at 6:51 AM
    noones ever goin to fit all their fav mcs on the list,but the list is pretty close. Get rid of Kanye and get scarface in their somewhere,Nas always has been and always will be doper than jay,50 cents a pop tart so noone even throw up his name and KRS should have been there somewhere.
  • b-mo (View Email) on July 22, 2006 at 8:35 PM
  • MC (View Email) on September 1, 2006 at 6:51 PM
    Good list..It's always debatable, but if you want to say "greatest alive", you might re-consider and have Rakim higher in the rankings. He's basically the guy who most have idolized and emulated to get to where they are on your list. I do rank Nas over Jay-Z though, good call..
  • J (View Email) on September 7, 2006 at 7:31 PM
    YEAH! they chose the real emcees for the top ten. Im tired of people hatin on concious rappers man, and all they wanna listen to is some wack rapper talkin about material things all the time. What yall need to do is "Listen" like Kweli said. Check ya boy Lupe Fiasco out man, cause he is the best new emcee right now. Young Joc and Dro aint got nothin on Fiasco and Pappose.
  • edvonte (View Email) on December 30, 2006 at 7:45 PM
    why aint 50 or any of g-unit there?
  • Graeme Handley (View Email) on February 8, 2007 at 9:30 AM
    Oh, oh oh I'm feelin' this list.. propz 2 whoeva made it or whatever.. Nas is defo the greatest alive.. and for me he's the greatest ever.
  • laura (View Email) on March 2, 2007 at 1:57 PM
    i percenly think that eminem (marshal mathers) should be number 1 because he rocks!!!!
  • tlyrix on March 3, 2007 at 9:27 PM
    I usually dont speak my opinion butI just had to say something...the top ten should have: Eminem, AZ, Mos Def, Scarface, Nas, Common, Jay Z, Kayne, DMX, and Talib Kweli. This aint the order but it should look like this. It did say the best since Biggie and Pac, so thats about 96-97. Everybody sleeps on AZ...this cat been raw since Life's a B#%*! and he can definitely go with anyone out there.
  • diwas (View Email) on September 26, 2007 at 10:01 PM
  • skylurr on March 2, 2008 at 5:52 PM
    OK, first of all, Outkast and ATCQ are groups, not rappers, and Mos and Talib in the same place is a cop-out move. KRS belongs in front of half of these people, and most of them shouldn't be near a top 10 list such as this, even if they have skill. 1. Rakim 2. KRS 3. Nas 4. Eminem 5. Kool G Rap 6. Common 7. Masta Ace 7. AZ 8. Black Thought 9. Ice Cube 10. Ghostface
  • Kaydra (View Email) on May 12, 2008 at 2:06 PM
    o0o0o0.... why my boo lil wayne up here..??he needs and deserves to be number 1...
  • Patricia L. Harris Cook (View Email) on July 28, 2009 at 7:43 PM
    My friends son recently was released from prison. I have written a rap to help people understand what kids who have been in prison for years go thru. Just had it copyrighted: Name of Lyric: "The day I got out the pen;Released - No longer a convict. Eemail if interested in recording.
  • wu (View Email) on October 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    wu tang clan members are all number one there better then all these other bums
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