Billboard and Vibe unveiled the final 10 slots of their "Top 50 Greatest Rappers" list, which has been unfolding since last month during the celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary.
While Jadakiss, Ice-T, Bun-B, Redman, E-40, Gucci Mane, and Future were included in the lower portion of the list, the top ten was comprised of some of the typical names you would see in similar lists. Nicki Minaj landed on the number 10 spot, with Snoop Dogg, Drake, and Lil Wayne being placed 9 through 7, respectively. Biggie took the number 6 spot, while Eminem made it in at number five, with 2Pac, Nas, and Kendrick following in that order from number 4 to 2.
The top spot went to Jay-Z, who many people consider to be the greatest rapper of all time, in terms of influencing the culture, number of hits, and record sales. This was a great debate recently, as Jamal Crawford told Shaq on his podcast that Jay's influence outweighs Eminem's album sales. Em is the is the best-selling rapper in history with over 200 million units sold.
The list stirred controversy online, with people arguing about what was included in the ranking. Ice Cube, who was ranked at #18 on the list, told TMZ that this list is like the others, stating that they "are like a**holes: they all got one and they all stink."