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Saturday, October 23, 2010

top ten greatest rappers of the 21st century?

sooooo a friend recently told me about this list that some BET roundtable created upon steamed debate and discussion. saw the list. disagreed to certain extent, but completely disagreed with the number one pick. heres the list, btw:

BET’s List
10. Rick Ross
9 Jadakiss
8. Young Jeezy
7. Drake
6 Ludacris
5. T.I.
4.50 Cent
3. Kanye West
2.Lil Wayne
1. Eminem

after seeing this list i scoffed at eminem's rank and thought that there were a few rappers missing from this list where some rappers shouldn't be at all. i'm no hater at all but, really jadakiss? i mean he has a couple hot songs n all but nothing to really pee ya pants about, right?

sorry jada. u didn't make my list. 

any-who, here is my official list of the top 10 greatest rappers of the 21st century.

10. k'naan

first and foremost, english is the second language for this guy who's originally from somalia so his talk about gunplay, warfare, and all of that other shit is personified times ten. lets be for real, even hulk ass 50 cent would be shaking like a stripper if he got stuck in somalia for 3 hrs. k'naan's flow is hot, his ideas are creative and he's the voice for may of the africans that have migrated here from their homeland- and you know those africans go hard. if you haven't heard of him, listen. his verse in wale's "tv in the radio" song is hot and "america" is probably one of my favs. 

9. lupe fiasco

i mean this one is self explanatory. i appreciate that lupe is very articulate and has that whole "conscious rap" thing going on without sounding all preachy. his concept of the album "the cool" was pretty innovative but my fav album is still food n liquor. he's on the list because even when he does mainstream shit he doesn't have hoes and guns running through the lyrics. kudos lupe, kudos. 

8. t.i

although he fails to learn his lessons on the law, his flow is sick. trap musik is his hottest album and what i love most about him is that he crosses over into many genres quite easily. my only thing about ti is that he seems to exaggerate the hell out of his "southern gangster accent." sometimes i just wanna be like "ti, calm yo lil ass down." i mean this has nothing to do with his flow, but whatever. just thought i'd vent a little. i really like "whats happening" by him too- real high energy.

7. rick ross

i effin loveeeee rick ross. ever since that first album and the song "blow" i really haven't heard a song that was just completely horrible down by him. his most recent album, "teflon don" is soooo well done and maybach music 3 sounds like ricky ross himself is conducting the orchestra thats playing in the background. his last album made me feel like i was on a yatch in all white linen and despite the rumors and accusations that deem him as a "dead beat dad", his faking the funk is pretty damn convincing. i like you rick ross. i really do. 

6. outkast

okay, so i'm aware that there are dos ppl in outkast, but both are equally talented.  i'd say that andre is more lyrically capable, but big boi is just more hungry. the movie "atl" was really good and big bois last album was awesome- there was literally a song on there for everyone- and it def deserved more attention than it recieved. big bois performance with yelawolf on the BET was hands down one of the best performances of the show. well of course second to the guy who sung the "hide ya kids, hide ya wife" song. geniussss. anyways. once andre comes out with that solo album, his spot on the top 10 list will be solidified. they are just so funky :)

5. drake

yea yea yea, everyone knows that drake is hot shit. i guess the thing that intrigues me the most about drake is that he's very honest in his rap and he's very articulate on camera. i saw his documentary on mtv and liked him more bc he seems like a pretty cool and humble guy. plus i was one of those ppl really into degrassi back in the day, and i thought his flow was pretty nice when he performed on the show. he's technique has def evolved for the better and i appreciate that. theres no real need for an explanation for why he's number 5.  now those sprite commercials are pretty creepy but thats another story.

4. mos def

c'mon. everybody knows that mos def is one of the most talented rappers ever. he's on just about everybodys' track when you listen hard enough. one of his recent album "the estatic" is one of the most well done albums everrr. hands down my fav song is "no hay nada mas." when a rapper can rap his entire flow in another language (and have it make sense) its fucking genius. i love you mos def. end of story. 

3. jeezy

okay, i became convinced that jeezy's a really good rapper when i used to listen to "hypnotize" before i went to work every morning. his mix of good beats and hot raps make his music relevant in the clubs, in the car, and in ya headphones. because i was an econ major in college, i really thought his album "the recession" was clever in its concept, and the lyrics are completely true. today he's the same jeezy that came out back when i was in high school and for some odd reason i feel like he may be still living in the hood, but the other day i swear i saw him on peachtree st in a yellow lambo. who knows.....

2. jay-z

well we all know that jiggaman is one of the hottest rappers out since forever. i think he is the most consistent rapper, he's never not had a hit and will remain relevant just as long as he continues to make great music or until he and beyonce divorce (whichever come last). lets admit it, jay-z is old. but because he's 94 yrs old and young people are still able to relate to his music, he's number two on the list. 

and of course the number 1 spot goes to...

1. wayne

of course. you really wanna know why he's number one? a few summers ago he came out with the mixtape drought 3. best mixtape ever hands down. the same summer i read a magazine article entitled "the best 77 songs of lil wayne in 2007." seriously.....think about that shit. seventy seven songs. read the article and knew (and liked) about 70 of em. thats fuckin time and dedication. you win wayne. you win.

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