With all the talk of Lil Wayne being the best rapper alive it brings up a question who really is the best rapper?
Remember when Jay-z was considered the best rapper alive? Time has been kind to Jay-z and his career being as popular and productive as ever but in recent years his title has been passed to Lil Wayne. Not everybody agrees but then again everyone is never going to agree on the same thing but technically who really is the best rapper ever? A name that comes to mind is the legendary Rakim with classics like The Ledge, Check Out My Melody, and Paid in Full Rakim’s amazing flow, lyrics and delivery make Rakim almost definitely can be considered top 5 dead or alive but his absence from Hip-Hop lately makes him very overlooked when it comes to considering the top hip-hop artist’s. Rakim’s protege Nas has longevity over Rakim and a very similar style to Rakim. Nas’s consistent presence and recent signing with Def-Jam could make you wonder if Nas has surpassed his mentor. Nas emerged the victor in the Jay-z and Nas beef seemingly making it so that technically Jay-z could not be considered the best rapper ever. No Doubt Jay-z is much more successful then Nas but if we were to judge the best rapper on financial success then couldn’t Diddy and Jermaine Dupri be considered the best?
So what would make the best rapper ever? If you were to judge them based on originality you could argue Eminem takes the crown with songs like Guilty Conscious, Stan, and Cleaning Out My Closet, but on the other hand Outkast is one of the most original Hip-Hop acts of all time always offering something different. If we were to judge on beats and production you have a much larger cast of artist to choose from ranging from Gangstarr to Lil Brother to Kanye West but mostly artist are judged on there lyrical ability. Jay-z is the complete package he has flow he changes with the times and he has a resume to back it up however he lacks the lyrics of some of his colleagues such as Nas,Eminem, and Common. Most of the more lyrical artist are not well rounded while they have the lines to go bar for bar with most rappers they lack the flow, originality and consistency. Perhaps one of the most well loved artist in Hip-Hop Tupac could be the greatest ever with his though provoking songs and meaningful lyrics however some may argue his flow was not the best ever. Notorious B.I.G. lacked the content of Tupac but had a better flow. Some of the more popular artist such as Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne lack originality and lyrics but have more and constant material as appose to more lyrical artist such as Talib Kweli and Mos Def. So who could really fit the mold? Jadakiss has punchlines, Nas has lyrical content,Jay-Z has flow,Eminem has originality,Lil Wayne has material,Kanye West has production but none of them are perfect so what do u guys think technically taking all of these factors into account who could be the best rapper? Can there be a best? Lil Wayne says he’s the best because he’s a competitor and considers himself the best at his craft. Is he? Its up to the people to decide cause after all like Tupac said “at the end of the day were all entertainers” and entertainers are for the peoples entertainment.