Why Your Best Rapper List Doesn’t Matter

This week, a phantom top 50 rappers of all-time list, popped up all over social media. It even listed Joe Budden as number 3. People were up in arms, suggesting he may have actually written it. In comedic like, fashion, Joe went on Twitter and snubbed that, yet was quite pleased with his ranking.

Does any of this matter? Debating who is the best rapper is like asking who the best quarterback is. Except there might be more layers and variables when it comes to music. More subjectivity you could say. Although, sometimes you have to call a spade, a spade. 

My top 5 has forever been the following: No order.

  • Nas
  • 2PAC
  • Jay-Z
  • Rakim
  • Eminem

These are the MCs I feel have impacted the culture more extensively than anyone else. I also factor in skills, longevity, rhyme style, and just pure excellence level. There are many ways to break it down.

I won’t delve into my top 5 on this one. Could be a future piece, yet my whole point is, don’t get too crazy over lists. You love who you love, and whoever moves your soul. Yesterday, I was listening to “Sing about me, I’m dying” off of Kendrick Lamar’s, Good Kid Maad City. I realized it’s my favorite song this decade. It hits me in the feels. That’s what this art form is for. Not relegating it to a list. The debate rages on. Never a definitive moment.

Corey Reighn