Billboard’s The 10 Greatest Rappers of All Time; And The Reactions From Fans


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?

Snoop’s Reaction

Jermaine Dupri also shared his annoyance


Radio and TV Host Devi


Ghostface Killa has love for billboard though


Other reactions



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