Damn Ghost how hard is it, it’s not like they asked you some calculus question B. Must be the Trees….lol
Here’s how I See it, no particular order.
and if you disagree, just like MJ will say “just beat it”
impactly ? skillz ? wise ? what
if u don’t compare with categories
this ain’t possible…
pac was strong but lyrically he ain’t like biggie or nas. jay is sick but he doesnt have a enormous social aspect, tupac yes.
krs is greatness but he wasnt and wont be on tha successful dope songz, hes too underground
i mean, it’s difficult to judge without
some ish like dat
I’ll be God Damned if Jean Grae is not Top 20 and if suckas aint know… “MC LYTE, she could win a rhyme fight”- Flavor Flav
And MAAAADDDDD niggas was shook by L. Boogie “I begat this, flippin in the ghetto on a dirty mattress…”
Top 5 and why
1) B.I.G. biggest impact in the shortest time took only 2 real albums to claim the top spot on many peoples list. With those two albums B.I.G. spawned many, many, clones during his time and to this day every rapper still really just wants to be Biggie weather they know it or not they are all just doing an impression, uh!
2) Jay-Z The one true Hip-Hop superstar the transcends the genre bridging street material and pop sensibility perfectly. He even more then the Puff & Biggie duo of the 90’s brought Hip-Hop to the masses “he can bring you TRL and BET too”, All with out sacrificing an once of cred. and lyrical skill and just when you thought he has fallen off and sold out he’ll drop a Take Over on your ass and make you think twice as if one could ever reasonably doubt the god MC HOV!
3) Tupac I’m the hugest fan myself, I think he got kinda monotonous at times on some albums. But I’d be a fool to ignore his impact. If your not doing a BIG impression then your doing your best Pac. The man could make a keep your head up and then make a I get around in the same breath and the shocking thing was both would be equally convincing and true but all together hypocritical at the same time and it was great!
4) Nas His flow almost defines NY Rap. Hip-Hops original Prodigy Child the 15 year old “Kid Wave” would later become Nasty Nas, Esco, Nastradomus, and so on…He was the first lyrical wonder kid with talent well beyond his years, to put it in perspective at the same age as Nas released illmatic Bow wow another kid rapper made Unleashed LOL, it’s not even fair to be as good as Nas was so young. Unfortunately he’s plagued by the fact that me made The Greatest Rap Album Of All Time, “illmatic” as his first album. To this day he hasn’t been able to re capture that magic, but as Dave Chappelle once said to those who would question the late great MJ’s recent moves “He made Thriller people”, “Thriller” So Esco gets a forever pass the man made Hip- Hops Thriller
The 5th spot on a top 5 is always the hardest to fill I could easily go with a Slick Rick to this day the greatest story teller ever! Ice Cube the most gangsta of the gangsta rappers and to those who aren’t up on there west coast shit has more classic albums then one Artist Should don’t believe me check rolling stones greatest rap albums of all time and see how many Cube joints are on there, or I could’ve went with the unmatched smoothness in flow of Big Daddy Kane you young bucks think Andre 3000’s flow is smooth check out It’s a Big Daddy Think and get back to me.
But for # 5 I went with a greatly overlooked rapper who has all three qualities Kane’s nibble flow, Rick’s effortless, almost I’m not even trying and I’m this good, story telling, and Ice Cube West Side Gangster appeal are all embodied in Snoop Dogg as Biggie once said in the opening line of his last real album “I’m sittin in crib dreaming about lear jets and coups, the way Salt Shoops and how to sell records like snoop Oops” even Big new Snoop was a force to be respected.
No one in Hip-Hop history has sold more records then him no one has started more trends from the way he talked fo shizzel to the way he dressed chuck T’s with the Khakis and a Crease and yes the way he walked “Cuz”, everyone on this list has borrowed from Snoop lets face it H to the izzzo sounds alot better then H to the O what’s his motha fuckin name no not JIGGA! it was Snoop Doggy Daawwwwggg! first. Ice T, Too Short, and NWA were the OG’s they introduced us to the west coast and Hip-Hop outside of NYC in general, but it was Snoop who took what they started out west and made it global.
With out Doggystyle opening our ears to a whole other sound who knows if we would’ve discovered how great an Outkast could be Hip-Hop skipped out of New York and went west for a minute because of Snoop then found it’s was South from there while NYC is still trying to get it back. All that has the dawgs paw prints on that.
I didn’t even mention the classics Gin and Juice What’s my name Murder was the case, Dre Day, Deep Cover, even new joints like drop it like it’s hot and you can’t tell me you don’t get a warm fuzzy feeling inside when you here Snoops flow on Nuthin’ But A G Thing tell me who hasn’t sat in the car and uttered those opening lines with a smile “one two three and to the four” Snoop Doggy Dogs in the top 5 for sho
Honorable mention Ghost Face the way he tells a story is like no one else the man will describe things in the craziest detail and lyricaly paints a picture like non other. Big Pun I’ve never herd a man rhyme more words in 2 or 3 lines with out taking a breath like pun could. Mos Def gets severely slept on cause he rarely just raps in a song his aim is more artistic and experimental but when he does rap tell me anyone who would want to test his skillz. It’s no coincidence no one has ever battled the black dante cause no ones that stupid. Lauren Hill was the best female rapper I ever herd almost like a female Nas but she hasn’t rapped or done anything for that matter in a while. Andre 3000 kinda the same thing as Mos too experimental for the average Hip-Hop fan but when he does rap pay attention cause you will miss soooo much if your not listening. Eminem more then just white hype the man has the potential to be the best that ever did this I just wish he would focus more on his craft and less on controversy. Talib, Common, TI just gets better and better, the great Kool G Rap and the list goes on…
KRS is The GOAT. He flies the flag hard for the real golden era shit, people forget what that era was truly like but KRS is the living embodiment of the True School. If KRS died tomorrow Hip Hop would go truly further down the toilet.
Nope never have actually don’t smoke anything don’t drink but I do know hip-hop and yes on impact alone can’t deny snoop no his recent material is not as good as his past material but honestly who’s is. The chronic and doggy style alone not mention his over all impact on hip-hop overall gets him on this list and don’t be fooled by the lazy flow recently go back and listen to pump pump, or the shizznit or serial killer on doggystyle and tell me he ain’t lyrically as leathal as any great rapper in the game.
KRS–SUICIde ITS A SUICIDE–BDP ONLY EAST SIDE RHYMES__BUT ONCE YOU CHASE HIM FEEL LIKE 3 STEPS BEHINd…HE RIGHTS THE RECORDS THAT BE ROCKING EVERYTIME>>LIKE POETRY SUPERHOE AND LISTEN TO MY 9…I DONT EAT FLESH NO KIND OF MEAT OF ANy KIND.YOU EAT MEAT BEtter known AS ALSO SWINE..BUT SOME EAT SWINE BETTER KNOWN AS ALSO PORK..YOU Stab it and stab it TIll you get it on YOUR fork..your the first to say theres nothimng wrong with a pig..but havent you seen the way this animal live..krs goat..
Nas got that Lyrical crown hands down!!!
aint no one ever coming close to nasty but BIG/Pac and Jay did have a more commercial influence.
Face has to be in the the top ten with rakim, Krs one, eminem, Andre 3000, Jadakiss and Big pun.
i know all those songs by heart.. and i can ASSURE YOU, they are not lyrically as lethal as any great rapper in the game.. ive never heard a snoop record and said, “wow! how did he come up with that??” snoops appeal is his sound and flow.. never his content.
snoop is great, dont get me wrong.. but top 5?? c’mon dude..
See I agree with you it’s not the lyrics per say Snoop hardly ever made me rewind, but his flow was the illest you gotta give him that. Maybe I didn’t do that great a job explaining myself that’s the problem with these list what makes a best rapper alive; if your taking impact on Hip-Hop and music in general then my list is pretty solid if it’s only lyrics that you take into account as the criteria of a great rapper then no this list is not even close cause Tupac was never a great lyricist and no neither was Snoop but what they did do is change Hip-Hop leaving a lasting impression great to me is Purely impactful Dan Marino had more QB skillz then anyone who ever threw a football but what Joe Montana did was change how you play QB forever running the west coast offense. So your right no Snoops not the best lyricist, but he’s a pretty important rapper in Hip-Hop history top 5 that’s up to each person’s opinion shit in my opinion lyrically Ghost, or Talib, or Pos from De-La or Murs, Monch, Mos-Def… would murder alot of the cats on peoples list lyrically but hey I guess i just wanted to shine some light on a very under rated artist in music.
You know what…..Ghostface is dope as fuck! He got the lyrics (and his lyrics are all original content, none of that bitten shit), plus his storytelling skills are among the best if not the best. Go check out that track called “Shakey Dog”, real talk when I heard that track I literally could pcture the whole thing, like I’ve seen it before in a movie….or what about “The Hilton” or “Maxine” I can keep going “Child’s Play”, “Beauty Jackson”, “Colombus Exchange”, “The Watch (this one is sick and so creative)”, “Whip Me with a Strap.” And of course Ghost is able to seamless mesh with pop culture without compromising his underground style and still keep it hood. And another great lyricist is the GZA…..’nuff said. GZA is probably “the greatest” lyricist of all times….get yo dictionaries and thesauruses out. Eminem has an extremely well delivered lyrical content too….some of the words he puts together as punchlines are so unorthodox and rhyme so well its hard to believe no one even mentioned him…..”I’ll shit on you, I’ll spit on you/ start pissin and do the opposite on you/ you wasn’t listenin, I said I’ll cop a squat on you and start spillin my guts like chicken cordon bleu/ and straight shit like Notorious Big did to that bitch on the skit from his last album” ..”…a rat pack in black jackets that pack ten, nine millimeters, five criminals pullin heaters and spillin liters of blood like swimmin pools.”
haha he given his top 5, thats wut he thinks, this shit is all opinion therll never be a definitive top 5 although g rap, krs and ra are mentioned in EVERYONES list, pac as well, gza deserved to be up their