With all this talk about Hip Hop becoming the most popular gender of music in USA, let’s see who are the best 10 rappers to ever do it. As usual, the comment section is all yours for debates.
Death can elevate an artist in modern day society, but in the case of Big L, the rapper already attained the bona fide status early in his career.
His storytelling rhymes mined straight from his experiences on the streets of New York and materialized on 1995’s insta-classic “Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous”.
Rakim is the first rapper to break the partition between the old school and the new school Hip Hop. His debut with Eric B was a distinctive tool in terms of mic techniques from complex internal rhyme schemes to his soft-spoken delivery.
The street-conscious tightrope he displayed in his lyrics also created a blueprint for future generations.
We came to know that Andre 3000 is unique in terms of quality, success and innovation. It is obvious that his group’s latest studio album “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” was inevitably two solo sets, and Andre’s half was arguably one of the most influential of the 21st century.
Even if he is called the second coming of Rakim, Nas is one of the best to ever do it. His flawless blend of vivid street poetry have resulted in some of the best Hip Hop albums of all time.
Luckly for us, Nas still has the stamina to produce new music with a new studio being scheduled for late 2017.
Jay Z’s nimble flow used to be a lot less relaxed as evidenced by the rapid delivery on his 1996 debut “Reasonable Doubt”.
His discography continues to vow, and by now it includes several classic albums long the way. Jay Z’s role in the hip hop scene is undoubtful.
J.Cole’s contribution to the rap game can’t be forgotten. It is evident that in the last decade he was one of the most important voices in Hip Hop.
He is also one of the most important performers in the world with his shows selling out almost instantly.
Kendrick Lamar’s triple and quadruple-time rhythms, his layered adlibs, and his multiple-personality voices have made the Compton rapper one of the best to ever do it. His lyrical content will never be diminished from the world and with winning team behind him, Kendrick can only achieve more.
Even if Dr. Dre achieved his fame mostly by producing music, his role in Hip Hop cannot be shut down. Consequently, Dr. Dre’s talents made the revolutionary changes in the early stages of West Coast Hip Hop which gave him a special type-of fame.
Dre’s albums are a big representation to West Coast classicism, evolving past g-funk and adapting to the widescreen sound of late-’90s popular rap.
Tupac Shakur & Notorious B.I.G.
In every sphere of Hip Hop, we see Tupac Shakur as absolutely unstoppable. His voice resonated with the public as much as it did with those on the block, this being recognized as the rapper’s number one talent.
Tupac’s power can easily be understood by his uncensored lyrics: “My lyrics motivate the planet/It’s similar to Rhythm Nation, but thugged out, forgive me Janet.”
Notorious B.I.G.’s storytelling rhymes mined straight from his experiences on the Brooklyn streets. Furthermore, the rapper has cemented the “notorious” title for his extraordinary role in the streets of New York.
Now after both rappers passed away, it is clear that Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G have had the biggest influence in changing the Hip Hop culture.