Ah, it’s the debate that will rage until the end of time.
And I’m not talking about if Bret Michaels’ hair is real. It’s obviously not.
Mos Def, rapper, actor and the man the wifey wishes were her husband , weighed in on who really is the best rapper alive. From music-news.com:
Mos Def says he doesn’t agree with Jay-Z’s “Greatest Rapper Alive” title, saying he feels there are other hip-hop artists who deserve the title more.”My response was to me seeing an article where [Jay-Z] was referred to, with trademarks following it, as the ‘Greatest Rapper Alive’. Now that don’t have nothin’ to do with me, but if you saying that, that’s a trade claim…If you saying that, you saying you better than Slick Rick, who’s still very alive and well? You saying you better than Rakim? You saying you better than Black Thought? People making that claim have never been in a position to defend that in an open forum.”
Darth Vader: The hateration is strong with this one.
Mos makes good points, but like it or not, Jay is the best rapper alive.
Yes, Jay gets on my nerves as much as he does yours and sure, he’s lost a step or two in the last five years, but he’s still the complete package. Lyrically, the Roots’ Black Thought is much sharper than Jay, but Hov is a better and more diverse songwriter. The Roots can do the intellectual stuff, as can Jay, but they don’t have the number of club bangers, radio favorites and mixtape anthems that Jay boasts.
My boy Nas overall has a better catalogue than Jay, but I dare say Jigga has more classics – three classic albums to be exact (96’s Reasonable Doubt, 2001’s Blueprint, and yes, even 1998’s Hard Knock Life, don’t hate).
And while I love and respect the old school, I don’t think you can call The Ruler nor Rakim the greatest alive, simply because of inactivity. I’d easily name Rakim as the No. 3 best rapper alive (behind Jay and Nas) but when was the last time Rakim did something relevant? That song with the Truth Hurts lady?
There’s a reason why half of y’all just had to google Truth Hurts.
You could even make the case that Kanye West has had a greater impact on pop culture than Jay. I’d agree, but…did you listen to 808s & Heartbreak? I’m still getting treatments for dry heaving after listening to that atrocity.
Jay’s been a top star for nearly 15 years now and I don’t really see that changing. Love him or hate him, he’s the best rapper alive.
Now, if we factor dead folks into the conversation, there’s no question:
See? He has the crown and everything.
Who do you think is the greatest rapper alive? Anyone who votes for Lil Wayne will be banned from GeorgiaMae for life.