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The 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists of All Time

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In 2003, VH1 produced a list of the 50 greatest hip-hop artists of all time. The artists with an asterisk (*) have already been celebrated on VH1's Hip Hop Honors.

Granted, there are a lot of problems with this list and a number of artists have emerged since the list was created, but it is serving as a rough template for the Hip Hop Honors selections.

 

 

Why do we respect these guys beyond the microphone? Ask yourself.


I recently par took in a debate that made me bring this conversation to the forefront.


The reason I really wanted to put this list together was for the debate to continue and constantly be analyzed. Even I know that you cannot truly have one definitive list. There are so many reasons why one rapper could be above the rest.Â


So whether you are a true fan of hip-hop music or not the debate is constant and ever growing.Â

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The “Top 10 Rap Stars of All -Time” list was put together with a five key categories in mind:


1.) Lyrical Content

2.) Popularity

3.) Swagger

4.) Sales (Sound Scan)

5.) Legacy (the word “Legend” comes to mind when you think of the artist)


With these five components in mind, I set out to put an “A-1 list” together that represents the culture I grew up loving and still love to this very day.


Each rapper on this list has affected more than just music. They have made strides economically, socially, politically and some just went against the grain to get what they got.


However you want to define it, this list is the LIST. Time to debate!


Top 10 Rap Stars of All-Time


1.) 2Pac

2Pac

- Tupac Shakur is one of the greatest selling artists of all-time in any genre selling close to 40 million albums. Similar to Elvis Prestley, his global appeal has spawned continuous debate about the story behind his death and the possibility of a “fake death.” 2Pac was a promising actor and many believed him to be a better actor than rap artist. He was loved for his political awareness and the fact that he would speak his mind even if it put him in a compromising position.


2.) Notorious B.I.G.

 


- Biggie Smalls is the best “rapper” when it comes to cadence and flow. He had an undeniable unique style that exuded through his voice and lyrical rhythm. With one album (“Ready to Die”) he became arguably the greatest rapper of all-time. If there ever a verse that had to define hip-hop, Biggie’s first verse from his first single “Juicy” would define hip-hop best – “It was all a dream, I used to read word up magazine, Salt-N-Peppa and Heavy D up in the limousine, hangin’ pictures on my wall, every Saturday Rap Attack Mr. Magic Marley Marl.”


3.) Jay-Z

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- He is arguably the “most financially successful” rap artist of all-time having a net worth of over $500 million. He has sold 40 million albums world-wide and counting and even inked a $150 million dollar with AEG. Oh yeah, and did I forget to mention that he is part owner of the New Jersey Nets. “Hova” as he is called in the rap world for being the “God emcee,” has taken the lifestyle of rap to another level connecting the genre with style and elegance. He is the “Swagger” of hip-hop. And his wife being Beyonce doesn’t hurt his personal. From the corner to the boardroom will be the legacy of “Hova” and its honestly exciting to think what he will he accomplish next. Â


4.) Ice Cube

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- Ice Cube is the most underrated and disrespected rapper of all-time. He use to get the respect he deserved but over the last 10 years it’s like the true hip-hop heads forgot “who started this gansta sh*t.”  Ice Cube broke ground for every rapper when he hit the scene with NWA. After the group split and Cube became a solo artist, he embarked on arguably one of the greatest Hollywood journeys of all-time. With a historic eight albums under his belt, the vet continues to flex for the West Coast. From south central to the walk of fame, Cube continues to break ground in Hollywood as a producer, director, screenwriter and actor. He proved that crossing over doesn’t always mean you sold out, it can also mean you got PAID!


5.) LL Cool J

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- LL Coo J stands for “Ladies Love Cool James.” That name right there lets you know this guy isn’t your ordinary rapper. He has released an unthinkable 13 studio albums with the same label Def Jam. Many call him the Marvin Gaye of rap music. Basically, LL provided the romantic ballads that rap music needed to grow and ultimately evolve. His collaborations allowed R&B to mix with rap music. But don’t get it twisted, his legendary battles with Canibus and Kool Moe D proved that LL can battle with the best of anyone. LL is also a very successful actor and producer as his crossover to film and television continues to blossom and bring about new opportunity.Â


6.) Snoop Dogg

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- Snoop is arguably the number one character in hip-hop history. I swear this guy will be around forever because the older he gets, the more “player-like and cool” he seems. When he entered the game at age 18, he seemed as though he was a prophet knowing the life beyond his years. Even now as he continues to make music and film, one thing for sure is you always know Snoop is going to be the same. He is the most consistent rapper of all-time because he gives you the smooth gangster 24 hours a day. So whether you like him or not you have to love someone who is doesn’t hide their true colors. Snoop loves black and gold for Long Beach and he love green for money and weed. Anybody have a light?

7.) NAS

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- NAS is the “rappers rapper.” He has that voice that every emcee tries to emulate. There’s no other way to say it but his raspy delivery is dope. His first album “Illmatic,” is arguably the greatest rap album of all-time. NAS is the guy that every rapper wants on their project, even if they don’t want to admit it. At times to his own failing, he is all over the place but what you can do when your mind is speaking on every subject matter? Lyrics are what matters most and NAS always speaks on the real. After going to rap battle with Jay-Z on the microphone, I always tell people that NAS won the rap battle because he made Jay-Z respond a second time when there was nothing else to be said.

 

8.) Eminem

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- Sometimes you just got the skill and that’s all there is too it. Eminem has the skill and the mind of an evil genius. His sadistic songs prove he is a mind like no other but no matter the subject content he is a great author and orator. He brings the listener to his world and does just that, makes them listen. Many critics argue Eminem to be the greatest lyricist ever because the way he rhymes and puts sayings together. He rides a variety of beats as though he can rhyme with any artist. When you listen to his music you almost always forget he is white and just focus on his style and charisma.Â


9.) 50 Cent

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- Sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time and other times you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just ask 50 Cent who took a tragedy of being shot 9 times and turned it into the most renowned hip-hop story in history. 50 Cent took the legacy of Eminem and Dr. Dre and created a path that no one could have imagined. He has turned rap music into an empire that expands way beyond the genre of music. With an investment into Viatmin Water it is reported that after Coca-Cola purchased the company back in 2007 50 Cent made a reported $100 million dollars after taxes. Can you say Cha-Ching!!


10.) Lil Wayne

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- In the era when the say “Hip-Hop is dead,” Lil Wayne seems more alive than any rapper in the history of the genre. To be specific, Lil Wayne might be the most popular rapper of all-time. Everybody knows Lil Wayne just ask President Obama who mentioned the rapper during a speech on the campaign trail. No matter your feelings of his style and persona, the thing is you can’t deny him as an artist. He is multi-talented and versatile beyond belief. Wayne is evolving with music and not allowing himself to stay in a box (stay tuned for his Rock album) and it’s rare to see a rapper on that path as an artist. It’s actually very refreshing! So when you look past the “Bling Bling” and the tattoo tears, underneath the persona of Lil Wayne is talent beyond belief.Â

 

 

** Rakim was honored, but Eric B was not.

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Hip Hop Legends: Top 10 Rap Stars of All-Time


By Brandon I. Brooks

Sentinel Entertainment Editor


What defines being “the greatest Rap Star of all-time?”


That is a question that every fan of hip-hop has asked them self since day one of falling in love with the culture.


Is it the money? Is it the sound? Is it the look? Maybe it is the final sound scan numbers? Or maybe it is who is Googled the most or downloaded? Seriously, ask yourself, what makes hip-hop’s elite, ELITE?

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Why do we respect these guys beyond the microphone? Ask yourself.


I recently par took in a debate that made me bring this conversation to the forefront.


The reason I really wanted to put this list together was for the debate to continue and constantly be analyzed. Even I know that you cannot truly have one definitive list. There are so many reasons why one rapper could be above the rest.Â


So whether you are a true fan of hip-hop music or not the debate is constant and ever growing.Â


The “Top 10 Rap Stars of All -Time” list was put together with a five key categories in mind:


1.) Lyrical Content

2.) Popularity

3.) Swagger

4.) Sales (Sound Scan)

5.) Legacy (the word “Legend” comes to mind when you think of the artist)

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With these five components in mind, I set out to put an “A-1 list” together that represents the culture I grew up loving and still love to this very day.


Each rapper on this list has affected more than just music. They have made strides economically, socially, politically and some just went against the grain to get what they got.


However you want to define it, this list is the LIST. Time to debate!


Top 10 Rap Stars of All-Time

 

 

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Since its evolution throughout the South Bronx, hip hop culture has spread to both urban and suburban communities throughout the world.[11] Hip hop music first emerged with Kool Herc and contemporary disc jockeys and imitators creating rhythmic beats by looping breaks (small portions of songs emphasizing a percussive pattern) on two turntables. This was later accompanied by "rap", a rhythmic style of chanting or poetry often presented in 16-bar measures or time frames, andbeatboxing, a vocal technique mainly used to provide percussive elements of music and various technical effects of hip hop DJs. An original form of dancing and particular styles of dress arose among fans of this new music. These elements experienced considerable adaptation and development over the course of the history of the culture.

Hip hop is simultaneously a new and old phenomenon; the importance of sampling to the art form means that much of the culture has revolved around the idea of updating classic recordings, attitudes, and experiences for modern audiences—called "flipping" within the culture. It follows in the footsteps of earlier American musical genres such as bluessalsajazz, and rock and roll in having become one of the most practiced genres of music in existence worldwide, and also takes additional inspiration regularly from soul musicfunk, and rhythm and blues.

 

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  1. Run-D.M.C. *
  2. Public Enemy *
  3. 2Pac *
  4. The Notorious B.I.G. *
  5. LL Cool J *
  6. Eminem
  7. Dr. Dre
  8. Grandmaster Flash *
  9. Salt-N-Pepa *
  10. Jay-Z
  11. Beastie Boys *
  12. Wu-Tang Clan *
  13. N.W.A.
  14. P. Diddy
  15. Missy Elliott *
  16. Ice-T *
  17. Fugees / Lauryn Hill
  18. Afrika Bambaattaa *
  19. Nas
  20. Eric B & Rakim **
  21. Outkast
  22. KRS-One *
  23. DMX
  24. Queen Latifah
  25. Snoop Dogg *
  26. Ice Cube *
  27. A Tribe Called Quest *
  28. Busta Rhymes
  29. Nelly
  30. Will Smith / D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh
  31. Naughty By Nature *
  32. Cypress Hill *
  33. De La Soul *
  34. Lil' Kim
  35. Big Daddy Kane *
  36. Master P *
  37. The Roots
  38. Biz Markie
  39. Ja Rule
  40. Gang Starr
  41. MC Lyte *
  42. Kurtis Blow
  43. Coolio
  44. MC Hammer
  45. Heavy D. & The Boyz
  46. Eve
  47. Arrested Development
  48. Kool Moe Dee
  49. Tone Loc
  50. Sugarhill Gang *
                                                                           
 
Nas is an American rapper who is regarded as one of the greatest MCs of all time.[1]

Hip hop Culture (stylized as Hip-Hop) is a subcultural movement that originated among African American and Latino Americans during the late 1970s in the South Bronx of New York.[2][3][4][5] It is characterized by four distinct elements, all of which represent the different manifestations of the culture: rap music (oral), turntablism or "DJing" (aural), b-boying (physical) and graffiti art (visual). Even while it continues to develop globally in myriad styles, these four foundational elements provide coherence to hip hop culture.[2] The term is often used in a restrictive fashion as synonymous only with the oral practice of rap music.[citation needed]

The origin of the hip hop subculture stems from the block parties of the Ghetto Brothers, when they plugged the amps for their instruments and speakers into the lampposts on 163rd Street and Prospect Avenue and used music to break down racial barriers, and from DJ Kool Herc at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, where Herc mixed samplesof existing records with his own shouts to the crowd and dancers. Kool Herc is credited as the "father" of hip hop. DJ Afrika Bambaataa of the hip hop collective Zulu Nationoutlined the pillars of hip hop culture, to which he coined the terms: MCing or "Emceein", DJing or "Deejayin", B-boying andgraffiti writing or "Aerosol Writin

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