Ask any hip-hop head who the greatest rapper of all-time is and you’ll probably get a handful of different answers, though, most answers will likely consist of names Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Eminem.
And there’s good reason for that, though, there can only be one name who can claim the crown.
That man? It’s Marshall Mathers, this according to Ranker who dubbed Eminem as the greatest rapper of all-time.
Finally, a definitive list of the best rappers of all time, ranked by fans all over the world. From the early ’80s to present day, this list counts down rap’s best lyricists and game changers in history. Lil’ Wayne, Method Man, Jay-Z, Eminem, Andre 3000, and T.I are among the artists that appear on this amazing countdown. Rappers from all cities, both genders, and all races are all vying to be crowned the greatest rapper ever.
So what went into determining the greatest rapper of all-time, you ask? Ranker has an answer for that:
Numerous different skills and attributes all must come together to make a truly legendary MC. Obviously, a rapper must display a sense of rhythm and an ability to compliment the beat in unpredictable and exciting ways. A gift for lyricism and vocabulary is similarly essential – you can have the flow of the century, but if the words don’t come together to tell a compelling story or present a unique point of view, it’s still not going to translate into a great hip-hop song. But of course there’s also an intangible element that elevates some rappers into the ranks of the greatest of all time. Who are these rappers who stand heads above the competition? You tell us, by voting for your favorites below or making your own list of Top Rappers.
Coming in second behind Em was 2pac, who was proceeded by the Notorious B.I.G. with Nas and Ice Cube rounding out the top five.
You can see the entire list here.