Jeru the Damaja
These 4 rappers I am about to name should be on every greatest rappers list. They each combined unique style, unique and incredible lyrics, and all around great ability while managing to be hip-hop and still me mainstream.
2pac-He made 14ish albums in the 4 or 5 years he was alive and in the game. Most rappers can't do that in their career. He made songs to dance to, political songs, and songs telling stories. He did all that while sounding very pleasant, having controversial issues every day and having millions waiting for his orders. Those things make him a must have on any greatest rappers list.
Notorious B.I.G-Undoubtly one of the best. His skill freestyling and story telling is by far the best (in my opinion) that hip-hop music will ever see. Though his career was short lived, he will always be remembered and lived on through his music.
Nas-Nas is my favorite rapper. Since his first release (Illmatic) to his work with the Firm to his last release (Street's Disciple) Nas has been one of the best. The lyrics of every song and the way he flows is unique and will never be seen again by a new rapper. He also managed to fall off the charts, then come back with one of the best albums (Stillmatic). From beef with BIG, beef with 2pac, and beef with Jay-Z, Nas has remained poised and great. Listen to any of his albums and you'll see why he is one of the greatest.
Eminem-This may seem shocking but I beleive Eminem is one of the all time greats. If you listen to the Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, and The Eminem Show, you'll see his greatness. His songs can make you laugh, or fire you up to a point beyond beleif. He can also fire back at any critism (Who Knew, Cleanin' Out My Closet, ect.). Eminem has dealt with protestors and being a white rapper. Buy his albums, you will not be dissapointed.
There are many other rappers who are great, perhaps better, but I beleive these four must be on every top 10 list.
Wu Tang Clan
-EASY E from NWA-
Come listen to my truest thoughts, my truest feelings
All my peers doing years beyond drug dealing
How many caskets can we witness
Before we see it's hard to live
This life without God, so we must ask forgiveness
Ask mama why I got this urge to die
Witness the tears falling free from my eyes, before she could reply
Though we were born without a silver spoon
My broken down TV, show cartoons in my living room (hey)
One day I hope to make it, a player in this game
Mama don't cry, long as we try, maybe things change
Perhaps it's just a fantasy
A life where we don't need no welfare
Shit with our whole family
Maybe it's me that caused it, the fighting and the hurting
In my room crying cause I didn't want to be a burden
Watch mama open up her arms to hugging
And I ain't worried bout a damn thang, with unconditionl love.
They say music can alter moods and talk to you
Well can it load a gun up for you , and cock it too
Well if it can, then the next time you assault a dude
Just tell the judge it was my fault and i'll get sued
See what these kids do is hear about us totin' pistols
And they want to get one cause they think the shit's cool
Not knowin' we really just protectin' ourselves, we entertainers
Of course the shit's affectin' our sales, you ignoramus
But music is reflection of self, we just explain it, and then we get our
checks in the mail
It's fucked up ain't it
How we can come from practically nothing to being able to have any fuckin'
thing that we wanted
That's why we sing for these kids, who don't have a thing
Except for a dream, and a fuckin' rap magazine
Who post pin-up pictures on their walls all day long
Idolize they favorite rappers and know all they songs
Or for anyone who's ever been through shit in their lives
So they sit and they cry at night wishin' they'd die
Till they throw on a rap record and they sit, and they vibe
We're nothin' to you but we're the fuckin' shit in they eyes
That's why we seize the moment try to freeze it and own it, squeeze it and
Cause we consider these minutes golden
And maybe they'll admit it when we're gone
Just let our spirits live on, through our lyrics that you hear in our
songs and we can...
Big Daddy Kane
Jay-Z (hate all you want, I dare you to test an album against reasonable doubt.)
Jeru the Damaja
Missy Elliot (yeah, she makes the list)
Clipse (both of them)
LL Cool J
Run DMC (respect)
Del the Funky Homosapien
People I want to give it up to, but just don't know if I can.
Snoop Doggy Dogg
Common (I view him as more of a poet then a MC)
T.I. (I just like the dude)
Eve (although I'm pretty sure most of her stuff is ghostwritten)
Unfortunately, there will never be agreement over this issue.
Perfection or skill is what you make of it.
All of us have different points of view.
Critically speaking, though, we all know who was the best.
Kool G Rap (some people seem to forget about him)
that we riddled some middleman who didn't do diddily
-- Big Pun
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