Rap music is one of the most successful genres in the music industry. Thanks to various artists and rappers who elevated the hip hop standards to make it relevant over the years. In this article, we will list the greatest rappers since the beginning of hip hop music:
Dubbed as the “Rap God” (also one of his singles), Eminem is considered as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Throughout his career, he achieved five number 1 singles on Billboard Hot 100 and ten number 1 albums on Billboard 200. With over 200 million album sales, he is the best-selling artist of the 21st century in the United States. Rolling Stone also called Eminem the King of Hip Hop, ranking 83rd on the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
JAY-Z or Shawn Carter in real life is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. According to data, he has sold over 100million records. He is also multi-awarded, receiving 21 Grammy Awards, among others. MTV also named him “The Greatest MC of All Time” in 2006. He also holds the record of the most number 1 albums on US Billboard 200, with 14. Further, JAY-Z ranked 10th in their list of the most successful artists.
Known for so many names, Notorious B.I.G. was one of the earliest figures of hip hop music. He was regarded as one of the pioneers of East Coast hip hop. Billboard magazine names him one of the greatest rappers of all time. After the shooting incident that claimed his life, three new Notorious B.I.G. albums were released.
Tupac, also spelled as 2Pac was an American rapper who sold more than 75 million records worldwide. He is considered one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He also ranked number one in various lists of the greatest and most influential rappers. He also ranked 86th in Rolling Stone’s Greatest Artists of All Time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
Nas is an American hip hop recording artists who have sold over 25 million records worldwide. Eight of his albums received platinum and multi-platinum certifications. MTV included him in the list of The Greatest MCs of All Time. In 2012, The Source named him the second-best lyricist of all time. In 2014, he was recognized by Billboard as one of the best rappers of all time.
Every year, there is a new King of Rap. For 2017, Kendrick Lamar got the throne. Lamar has only released 4 studio albums yet. Among these, his fourth studio album Damn was considered to be a breakthrough in hip hop music. It has reached number 1 on Billboard 200 and received double platinum certification. The release of Lamar’s album was regarded as one of the factors that brought hip hop on top of the music scene, leaving pop to the second. Of course, Lamar has more to prove in his musical career.
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