Monday, August 29, 2022

Who Are The Worst Rappers of All Time?


The "Greatest Rapper of All Time" title is one of the most prestigious monikers in the history of hip hop; it's also one of the most debated. In terms of innovation, there's no denying the importance of Rakim. 

When it comes to achieving commercial success during a pivotal time in the genre's infancy during the 1980s, names such as LL Cool and Run DMC are also mentioned among the best ever. When it comes to wordplay and storytelling, a strong argument can be made for emcees like Biggie, Big L, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar. On the flip side, if being a generation-defining artist who makes classic album after classic album was a part of the criteria, then rappers such as 2Pac, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne also could lay claim to the title as well. But what about the opposite side of the spectrum? Who's the worst rapper of all time? And furthermore, what's the criteria? 

A hip-hop fan recently generated a "50 Worst Rappers of All-Time" list to address that topic head-on. He posted his list on Twitter, and it immediately caused a rift amongst hip-hop fans about who deserved to on included and which names should be removed out of respect--at once.

The list predictably includes the likes of Nick Cannon and Vanilla Ice as well as one-hit wonders like Chingy. But there are also some very questionable entries, such as RZA, Master P, P. Diddy, Nelly and Birdman, Future, and Young Thug, all of whom are platinum-selling artists who have earned longevity while clearly impacting the artistry of young musicians who came after them. 

Silkk the Shocker topped the list, followed by an overwhelming majority of rappers from the South, which indicates that the author of the list may have been somewhat biased when selecting the names. Either way, the list has gone viral and it has sparked several debates on social media.

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