- Mar 13, 2008
If you take away Kanye's production skills, and judge him purely as a rapper, he'd probably struggle to get in my top 50, let alone the top 10!
To be fair the topic says best rap artist and not best rapper.Take a moment and realise that you just argued that Kanye West is the best rapper of all time.
(I love Kanye btw, but this is egregious.)
I'd say the most influential would beTo be fair the topic says best rap artist and not best rapper.
If this is a list of most influential artists in the genre of rap then Kanye should definitely make every top 5. That list would then probably include Tupac, Biggie, Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye.
Lupe is a good shout. Mural is unreal.In terms of overall package Tupac is ahead of the pack, you can listen to AEOM and couldn't tell it was recorded 25 years ago, his music is pretty much timeless.
Nas is my number 2, great body of work and another who was a pretty good all round rapper.
The rest make my list in no particular order
Eminem (early version)
Probably a few more depending on the mood.
Great mention.Not the best, just my top 5 favourites, in no particular order.
It would probably get a bit muddled after that to round it off to a top 10. Too many to name that would I'd probably swap and change daily; El-P, Immortal Technique, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Earl Sweatshirt, Chali 2na, Abdominal, Esoteric, P.O.S., RA The Rugged Man, Guru, Raekwon, Tyler the Creator, KRS-One, Erik B and Rakim, off the top of my head.