Every hip-pop or rap fan has been involved in this argument before as to who is the best rapper of all time. I don’t think we can get the same lists of the best until eternity since everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. But I’m going to assure you this is the complete and most accurate you will find on the internet. How do you even know who the top rapper is? This list puts together Flow, Delivery, Poetry value, Originality, Longevity, Versatile, and influence to take out the best of all time. You can’t have a list without putting these people on. Let’s quickly jump in from the bottom.
10. KENDRICK LAMAR DUCKWORTH
Kendrick is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is not just a good rapper but a legend in the rap game. Kendrick raps about what he feels which makes him the best storyteller. Flow-wise, there are few rappers that you can compare him to, and the delivery on point. You can have these tunes of his on your playlist if you a rap lover. The heart, Damn, and hol’Up. He has 163awards to his name including 13 Grammys, 27 BET, and 6 from Billboard.
9. DWAYNE MICHAEL CARTER JR. ( LIL WAYNE )
Lil Wayne is a songwriter, rapper, and singer. This list can never be complete without Weezy. In 2016, Kendrick conducted an interview with The Coveteur, he claimed “Lil Wayne is the greatest. Not only because of his music but also because of the culture he put behind it.” This statement really made a lot of arguments on social media. Weezy F, Baby has 74 awards to his name, 5Grammys, 4Billboad, and 27BET awards. You can blow yourself up with these tracts to see who I’m talking about. “Lollipop”, Drakes “Kill me” and “Got money”.
8. WILLIAM MICHAEL GRIFFIN JR. ( RAKIM )
Rakim is a rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is regarded as one of the most decorated and skillful rappers of his era. His creativity, delivery at ease, lyrics, and consistency put him all the time. The source ranked him #1 on the list of “Top 50lyricist of all time”. He has few awards to his name by taking his last award “I am hip-pop” at the BET hip-pop awards 2012 but he has really changed the rap game. He had an impact on hip-pop.
7. ANDRE LAUREN BENJAMIN ( ANDRE 3000 )
An American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He is one of the most complete rappers in the game. His style, flow, Consistency, and influence put him on this list. If you all need answers to why he is part listen to Synthesizer, Growing old, and Solo(reprise). He always makes hip-pop lovers wanting more from him. 7 Grammy awards to his name.
6. KANYE OMARI WEST
Kanye West is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He really understands the music that makes it to the list. Even though he is not the best lyricist of all time but he is a good storyteller with the delivery on point. His influence has led made him to become one of the best-selling artists of all time with over 140 million records worldwide. He has 233 awards including 21Grammys to his name.
5. NASIR BIN OLU DARA JONES ( NAS )
You can never put a list without putting Nas in it. He changed the Hippop game by his consistent work on Illmatic and Stillmatic album. His flow, delivery, and bars on these productions were very great that made everyone give him the attention. Rappers started to fear him even Jay-Z disclosed on A Star is Born by J. Cole – “I had the Illmatic on bootleg / That shit was so ahead, thought we were all dead.”
4. TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR
He is considered by many to be the most influential rapper of all time but grace was not on his part that made him left us. He is the master of storytelling by using his magic voice on beats. Tupac had Me Against The World as his greatest album. Moreover, he had 5 awards out of 19nomination before he left at the age of 25. I would say he could have been the greatest of all time if he had an existence.
3. CHRISTOPHER GEORGE LATORE WALLICE ( THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G )
Another young artist who could have changed the game now but was shot in 2003 when he was riding his motorcycle. His versatility was crazy on the beats. Talking about the flow, delivery, story, and anything you expect in rap. Things done changed, Warning and Machine Gun Funk made an impact on the masses. Add Ready to Die to fuse your ears. That’s damn hip-hop to listen to.
2. SHAWN COREY CARTER ( JAY Z )
The first billionaire to be the music industry. Jay Z is unarguably the best after Eminem. Jigga is best at the storytelling. The only rapper that does not put his verses on paper but will give you the bars when running on the beats. His use of metaphors and allusions are dammed crazy. He the rapper with the most Grammy awards 22 out of his total 249 awards. His consistency and influence have led him to these heights.
1. MARSHALL BRUCE MATTERS III ( EMINEM )
The undisputed champion. Eminem is incredibly the best rapper of all time. His flow, delivery, punches, wordplays, lyrics, consistency, and influence give him the spot. He is the most complete rapper alive. Marshall is the best-selling solo rapper of all time not to talk of awards. 255 awards from 362 thats 70percent plus turnover. Incredibly, the best freestyling with crazy rhymes, in fact, a lyrical genius. Just listen to Stan, Godzilla, Rap God, and the ringer you will know who I am writing about.
Drake, J Cole, Snoop dog, Scarface, Sarkodie, and many others follow the list. This is my review so far. So you can add yours to the comments section below. Thanks for participating.
Did you find your favorite rapper?
it’s still not too late for him to be part of the list. it will all be about the impact he will be making in the years to come.