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No 2Pac, No Kanye West! Do you agree with Billboard’s “10 Greatest Rappers of All Time”?

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A couple of days ago Billboard released the “10 Greatest Rappers of All Time” and not everyone is pleased with the compilation.

Billboard explained the list saying “Diehard fans, music nerds and critics love lists. But in rap, rankings like this take on a special level of import: aside from moving a crowd (shouts to Rakim), MC means proving you’re the best. In no other genre do artists so blatantly express their desire to outdo competition. That made Billboard’s editorial list a more high-stakes undertaking than usual. Many favorites — Kane, Drake, KRS — didn’t make it, and each of those omissions hurts deep down. Note: we’re ranking these folks as MCs, not artists. That’s why Dr. Dre and Kanye West, for example, two legendary producer-rappers who don’t match the mic skills of those listed here, were left out. Even Tupac, perhaps the most influential rapper ever globally, is arguably known more for great songwriting than dominant bars.”

The list had:

10 – Lil Wayne

9 – Kendrick Lamar

8 – Ghostface Killah

7 – Lauryn Hill

6 – Andre 3000

5 – Nas

4 – Rakim

3 – Eminem

2 – Jay Z

1 – Notorious B.I.G

For the most part a lot of great rappers are on the list but other artists like Snoop Dogg are upset that the list does not include 2Pac.

Some twitter users are also quite upset that Kanye West did not make it on the list.

Do you agree with Billboard’s list?

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30 Comments

  1. Fusion OAU

    November 18, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Well, Pac should be on it and Wayne, Andre 300 and Ghostface should be taken out maybe DMX should be there instead………. The Notorious Biggie Smalls is (probably the best rapper of all time), Nas (Escobar) is definitely one of the baddest MCs to ever grace the mic of course alongside Jay-Z (Jigga), Rakim (the god MC) and Eminem… so on the overall its a pretty good list….. Lauryn Hill does have a great voice and wicked flow but i’m not sure her body of work is extensive enough to put her on this list……….

    • Window

      November 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Good analysis. I think you should research Andre 3000. If you knew how other rappers revere him, you’d leave him on that list

  2. Lois

    November 18, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Pure idiots! where is Busta Rhymes on this list?, Kanye West, Missy Elliot of the Great grand master 2Pac? Crap list!

  3. pretty girl

    November 18, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Me i dont mind That Kanye West Is not on the List what does he rap when people snoop dog, busta rymes, BIG,EVE,lil Kim,

  4. Amh

    November 18, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Which kanye west. He raps s**t. Hes an idiot. Tupac should be on the list and snoop. Eminem name should be removed. Angry white boy he is.

    • Mat

      November 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Read my comment lower. You’re wrong about Eminem. And most of the MCs you think should be on this list are most likely in a recorded interview on YouTube praising how Eminem is one of the greatest MCs of all time.

  5. nameoh

    November 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    no PAC??? this list is rubbish for that reason alone 😀

  6. prince

    November 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Jay-Z no. 2. that’s amazing. I love him like mo gbe

  7. dr Samuel Umeh

    November 18, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    No need PAC. Dr dre, Nate Dogg, snoop doggy Dogg, are the greatest rappers of all time
    Pls who is orchestrating these?
    What are ure criteria for selection?
    Who is Andre 3000, who is Lamar
    Even fortminor is better than those trash of guys

    • mapesah

      November 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      U said it bro nate dog should be here .kendrick n andre jst bullshit .

    • Na We We

      November 19, 2015 at 2:32 am

      You lose credibility in your argument if you mention Nate Dogg as a “great rapper.” Nate Dogg is a singer and can never be mistakenly for a rapper. Furthermore, Dr. Dre can NEVER be considered a great rapper. He does well with delivery for pre-written raps and he’s a far better producer/beat maker. And then you ask who Andre 3000 is? Oh my…

  8. mosdef

    November 18, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    like seriously….. lil wayne is up there!! damn whoever made that list was high on something i tell ya

    • True Rhat

      November 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      I think lil Wayne does rap well.. His flow is good!

  9. Jagbajantis

    November 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    No one list would satisfy everyone, but I have reservations about the criteria used to select this top 10.

    – if we are going by lyrical and rapping prowess, then what is Lauryn Hill doing on the list. Her magnus opus The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, classic that it is, was not really a rap album.

    – Kendrick Lamar’s inclusion is ridiculous. He is a fine artiste, but he does not have the catalogue to warrant being on that list. Maybe in a few years time with more consistency. It is also shameful that he is the only West Coast artist to make the list. No way does he get in ahead of Ice Cube or Snoop Dogg both who have the record sales and classics under their belt (Amerikka’s Most Wanted, Death Certificate, Doggy Style).

    – Lil Wayne? Ahead of vets like LL Cool J and Tupac? Andre 3000? How many solo albums does 3 stacks have

    My list would be (in no order):

    1. Nas. 2. Jay Z 3. Slick Rick 4. LL Cool J. 5. Ice Cube 6. Tupac 7. Biggie Smalls 8. Scarface 9. KRS One. 10. Rakim

  10. phoenixceleste

    November 18, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    The list is pure trash,the best rapper of all time is not on d list.d compiler must be a dunce bc i can’t imagine why 2PAC isn’t d number 1!

  11. Niyoola

    November 18, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Nas should be number 1.
    Nas is my all time favourite rapper!
    I luh you booboo <3

  12. Ememobong

    November 18, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    That is why in life you must be your own most dependable critic and fan. Do not wait for some list, award or public appraisal to give you your value. Believe in your God given talent, develop it and let it make room for you. Opinions change every day, to follow them can lead to career suicide. There is just no possible way that Tu Pac whom most of these other rappers mentioned here respect and pay homage to is not on that list.

  13. Cancel Reply

    November 18, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    This list is pure hogwash. The only justifiable names on there are Rakim and Ghostface Killah!! Where is Tu freaking Pac (Tupac), KRS One, and Dr. Dre??

    Andre 3000 ke? Lauryn Hill? How na!!

  14. mapesah

    November 18, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    where is krayzie bone,scarface..richie rich..pac

  15. TeeO

    November 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    WTF??? Pls excuse my language! Where’s ice cube, tupac, junior mafia, easy E, ll cool j, dr Dre, snoop, bone thugs n harmony, foxy brown, mc lyte, lil Kim even queen Latifah #therealrapgods
    Definitely agree with Lauryn hill…miseducation of Lauryn hill still one of the best rap/soulful album of all time!! And yes I want my college dropout and late registration Kanye west on the list!!!

    Kendrick Lamar (really don’t see the hype about this guy), lil Wayne and ghostface Killah…scratch them off the list like now!!!!

  16. Mat

    November 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    How’re y’all saying Eminem doesn’t belong? At one point he was by far the most influential artist for several years. Completely on fire, and lyrically destroyed anyone who tried to shame his game. As an individual you may not feel his music is your own movement, but he moved a nation as a whole. And regardless of everything I’ve said, 9 out of 10 artists that you personally think should be on this list will say themselves, “Yea, that white boy Eminem kills the mic. One of the greatest MCs.” And if you don’t believe me start looking up videos on YouTube, you’ll see prominent MCs praise The Real Slim Shady in interviews. If you said Eminem is whack on this thread, then maybe you should question your favorite rappers and your own right to be alive….

  17. Thuggy

    November 18, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    F- dis list shit fuck bilboard, makavely tupac the king is the number one rap artist of all time. he is everywhere in dis world. where krs one,ice cube,scarface, mc lyte..flavor flab, chuck d, big daddy kane, grandmaster flesh….

  18. cube

    November 19, 2015 at 10:17 am

    This is exactly how war starts! putting BIG ahead of Pac is exactly what got him killed, whoever made the list is either trying to start a war or doesnt know what rap is….

  19. cube

    November 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Kanye not on the list is pure hatred, listen to college dropout, graduation, common this is not a list, its a white boy scrap book

  20. kim

    November 19, 2015 at 11:11 am

    This list is incomplete. Where is idris abdulkarim? #notfairo

  21. Kaye Rodger

    November 20, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Kanye on or not ur list,he still is the reason why JAY is on in there…..so f—k ur list

  22. Amanda

    November 20, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    What about 2 pac he was the all time favorite that everyone loved he’s the only one that worked hard every rapper wanted to be him he had a awesome drive my opinion he’s the all time favorite

  23. Amanda

    November 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I <3 2 pac

  24. jared

    November 27, 2015 at 11:37 am

    good that lamar was on the list,atleast he brings pac to place

  25. Mikey Dunks

    January 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Where is Punisher? Kool G Rap? Rakim Allah? Obviously, Tupac?

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion though.

    10 spots really isn’t enough. Lotta greats over the years… and who has really heard EVERY rapper EVER anyways?

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