Occasionally, it takes time to recognize greatness.
He was the soul of G-Funk.
He was regaled as the future of lyricism.
In my opinion, he’s the greatest MC from the south and, honestly, it’s not even close.
Whether or not Jay-Z is the greatest rapper of all time is a matter of debate (he’s certainly in the conversation), he’s undoubtedly the most successful and influential rapper in history.
The formerly Nasty Nas made a name for himself as a featured artist.
Some have proclaimed André 3000 to be one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, an especially impressive honor considering he’s never officially released a solo album (The Love Below was basically a lone LP but it was still packaged, marketed, and sold as an Outkast project).
Of all the things one can say about 2Pac, both positive and negative, something that no one can deny is that he was probably the most prolific mainstream rap star in history.
Dr. Dre is the king of hip-hop.
Although he’s known to an entire generation as an actor whose menacing snarl is hilarious, at one time Ice Cube wrote the controversial lyrics for the “world’s most dangerous group.”