International music tracking medium, Billboard, dropped their list of greatest rappers of all time a few days ago, caused a whole lot of controversy with music and hip-hop fans. A lot of fans and some artists questioned the list, and the most obvious issue is the absense of 2pac, and possibly Kanye West. In addition, many feel Kendrick Lamar should not be on the list with a relatively short career.
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
Here’s what Billboard put out to explain their list:
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.
Here are some reactions from fans, other music critics and even some celebrities. The most obvious ommission to many is 2pac. I mean common billboard, even your writer said the most influential… That’s part of rapping too right?
Jermaine Dupri also shared his annoyance
Yo @billboard am I reading this right! No 2 pac or snoop dogg on the greatest rappers of all time list ?
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) November 14, 2015
Radio and TV Host Devi
A list of The 10 Greatest Rappers Of All Time and T U P A C S H A K U R ain’t on it? Blasphemy. @billboard
— Devi (@DeviDev) November 17, 2015
Ghostface Killa has love for billboard though
— Ghostface Killah (@GhostfaceKillah) November 17, 2015
Billboard leaves Tupac off “The Greatest Rappers of All Time” list. pic.twitter.com/wYuZMg4vAQ
— Tupac (@TupacShakurTS) November 17, 2015
lol @ Billboard putting Biggie as #1 and 2pac not even making the list of Top 10 Best Rappers Of All Time. smh
— Organik – KOTDTV.com (@OrganikHipHop) November 18, 2015
Billboard listed the 10 greatest rappers of all time and didn’t include Kanye pic.twitter.com/U1gmMu1TW6
— Beysus † Godga (@GagaLovesBey) November 18, 2015
Whomever came up with that @billboard top 10 rappers list needs to be fired 4 misleading. No 2pac? The greatest rapper of all time? Jokers!
— Queen Toni O$ha (@tonipayne) November 18, 2015
Billboard’s top 10 rappers list has no Pac? Billboard needs to respect us. pic.twitter.com/POTpKSQngV
— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) November 13, 2015