The Top 5 Rappers In Hip Hop History
This is my list, and if you don’t like it, tough titty.
(Tie)5. Nas/The D.O.C.
Yeah, I got your boy Nas at #5. He’s dope and all, but the nigga has the personality of a brick. And that counts for a lot. Everything Tupac had, is what Nas lacks, and that’s why his career hasn’t hit the heights of some other rappers, even though he’s used some of the same gimmicks. He talks about what’s wrong with hip hop, and what needs to be done, but he’s just as responsible as anyone else for it’s current climate. Nigga, I remember “Firm Biz” and “You Owe Me”. He’s still the shit though, even if he is a walking contradiction.
The D.O.C., along with Dr. Dre is responsible for possibly the best album in hip hop, ever. “No One Can Do It Better” is reason enough to have The D.O.C. in the top 5. Lyrically, he was to L.A. (even though he’s from Dallas) what Rakim was to NYC. Even though his voice was pretty much destroyed in the car accident that almost killed him, he’s partly responsible for the success for west coast hip hop since 1990. From writing hits for Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eazy-E, and others to being one of the founders of Death Row Records, The diggy, diggy Doc is one of the best ever to do it…but he hasn’t been seen much since getting Erykah Badu pregnant. But that’s another blog for another day.
Before Rakim, hip hop was still stuck on some “A-B-C, 1-2-3, in the place to be” shit. When the “Paid In Full” album came out, the game changed. No one was using those rhyme schemes and patterns, but everybody had to switch their styles up to stay in the game. The reason why I have him at #4 ? Dude seems to have a problem with releasing music. First it was because Dr. Dre’s penchant for working on things until it’s perfect…but Dre & Rakim parted ways almost 4 years ago, and still not even 1 single.
3. Notorious B.I.G.
As dope as Biggie was, I can’t justify having him higher than #3 because there just isn’t enough material to judge. The stuff he spit was genius, though. Not only was he a cat that could rhyme with the best of them, he could tell a story like no one else. Refer to “Niggas Bleed”.
He wasn’t the greatest lyricist, but was constantly improving his writing with every release. 10 years later, his flow is still being jacked by countless rappers to sell records, case in point, listen to “In Da Club” by 50 cent for a Swarovski clear view of what I’m saying. But, what separated Pac from everyone else was his raw emotion. Kinda like Mary J. Blige, you just feel everything he says. Listen to “So Many Tears” for reference.
Shawn Carter took what was left behind after the deaths of Pac & Biggie, and filled the void like no one else. He was the one that no one saw coming. Nas was the chosen one, but Jay was who the public was drawn to. He spit it like few others before or since. Yeah, he incorporates lines from other rappers into his work, which people tend to use against him, but if you don’t recognize where it comes from, then you can’t be the fan that you claim to be. He’s the first emcee that we’ve seen “make it”…not just by getting himself endorsements, and getting the Def Jam gig, but by evolving from a dude who spit “D’Evils” to a dude that spit “30 Something”. He’s shown us something never before seen in hip hop, maturity.
Ice Cube, Scarface, Eminem, Big Pun, Big Daddy Kane
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