very rough orderMCs:
1. Ghostface Killah - To me he's not the same emcee he used to be today, but n his prime he is the epitome of an MC to me. He had slang, told stories, used words and phrases that took you weeks to figure out, and had the freshest most ludicrous lines ever and the wild voice to go along with it. From about 96-2002 i dont think anyone could touch Ghost -- no one ever did what he did nor will anyone be able to duplicate what he did in that time period.
2. Slick Rick - The Ruler, has probably the dopest voice in hip hop, i can basically listen to him over any beat, his voice comes in and anyone else on the track doesnt matter...Rick's presence and swagger on a song alone outshines everyone else
3. Kool G Rap - The lisp, rapid fire flow, crazy stories, and hardcore rhymes, its hard to touch G Rap from a technical standpoint
4. Nas - Nasty Nas in his prime was unfuckwittable. Nowadays he's not what he was but in the 90's and still today he'll drop lines most mc's cant touch
5. Raekwon - This is a new addition to my top 5. At one point i considered him my 4th or 5th favorite in Wu Tang, but he crafted my favorite album of all time and what he did the last 4 years solidified him in this position.
6. Eminem - Like some of the above, Eminem isnt what he used to be. Honestly today's Eminem i dont even really like, but in his prime he made some of my favorite songs of all time and has the talent to back this position.
7. Prodigy - P is the definition of raw. His voice, metaphors, and street lyrics was the definition of Queens and NY rap that spawned millions of copycats. There's a reason he is one of the most sampled voices ever.
8. 2Pac - raw emotion laid over tracks. Not many could keep it as real as Pac could.
9. Gza - the eldest member of the Wu and considered by many to be the best lyricist. Has a strong discog and there's not much to not to like about the man with the pyroclastic flow
10. MF Doom - Doom has 1 "not so good" album in his entire catalog. He absolutely dominated the early part of the 2000's and his voice is unmistakeable. If people took the time to actually listen to and decipher what Doom said they would realize he is more street than 90% of their favorite so-called "gangster rappers". Doom's production is some of the dopest and he never sold out. He is an underground and hip hop legend that will be recognized in 15 years more than people realize today.
11. Kool Keith - Straight raw and in many ways the creator of the "Stream of Conscience" type of rap. Keith's flow is unconventional and his voice is not for everyone, but he has at least 2 classics and adapted from the 80's to 90's almost flawlessly and expanded his fanbase with his multitude of personas.
12. Ras Kass - The Lyricist. Ras is simply one of the best lyricists of all time. If he never tried to appeal to the commercial audience he would be higher on everyone's lists. He can come at you politically, hit you with the social commentary, hit you with punchlines, and murder almost anyone on wax
13. Rakim - The God...so much influence on everyone, released 6 straight dope albums in a row and a 7th which is pretty good. Not many could do that and his lyrics will be remembered forever.
14. Scarface - Like Pac, he's one of the realeast MC's out there. He defined southern hip hop and his voice and presence is unmistakeable, Scarface comes on a track and others need to bow down
15. Andre 3000 - One half member of Outkast who has one of the best discogs in rap. Andre on "Aquemini" is one of the best mic performances on an album period. He'll flow fast, slow it doesnt matter and there's not much he cant do. If he would get back to rapping he would definitely still be the same rapper he used to be.
16. Tech N9ne - Raps the midwest to the fullest. One of the best flows in rap period, and has some of the realest lyrics out there. Gets personal without being
, and will literally rap circles around people.
17. Canibus - ahhh Canibus. One of the best lyricists on earth but sometimes gets too out there with his lyrics. In his prime in thelate 90s-early 2000s he destroyed everyone on every guest appearance he made. I would be scared to be on the same track as him back then, and to me one of the best rappers of all time during that period.
18. Big L - considered by many to be a one-trick pony, but he's one of the best storytellers i've ever heard. He only has a limited amount of material but he never wasted a verse. L is one of the most ra and uncut rapprs ever, never censored himself and never afraid to say anything. There's a reason so many people continue to talk about him today.
T19. Brotha Lynch Hung - Siccest flow, one of the best to ever do it, period...has multiple classics, was the focal point of the Sacramento siccness scene, and will always have the shocking subject matter.
T19. Bizzy Bone - Bizzy is the standout member of Bone Thugs. Krayzie may be some people's favorites and Layzie may be the "glue" of the group, but its Bizzy who stands out on tracks. With his high pitched voice and one of the fastest flows in history, when he comes on the track you have to rewind it. I dont like all of his albums but when he's on hes simply one of the best. He changed his style to something fresh on every Bone album and still managed to standout as the best.
20. Sean Price - this is a personal pick, but Sean P simply kills every track. There's not many rappers who make me laugh out loud and he's one of them, for that quality alone he gets a boost. Nocturnal and his 2 solos are all excellent albums. He has also been one of the most consistent and sought after underground emcees of the last decade.
21. Bun B
22. Del The Funky Homosapien
23. Mos Def
25. Inspectah Deck
27. Pharoahe Monch
28. Ill Bill
29. Method Man
31. Lord Finesse
32. Mac Dre
34. Big Boi
35. Killa Sin
36. Royce Da 5'9"
38. Guilty Simpson
41. MF Grimm
43. Masta Ace
45. Black Thought
46. Styles P
47. Krayzie Bone
48. Notorious B.I.G.
49. Mac Mall
very rough order and list and i know i forgot some
1. Raekwon - OBFCL
2. Ghostface Killah – Ironman
3. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers
4. Bone Thugs - E1999 Eternal
5. Brotha Lynch Hung - Season of Da Siccness
6. Gza - Liquid Swords
7. Eminem - Slim Shady LP
8. Nas - Illmatic
9. Mobb Deep - Hell on Earth
10. UGK - Ridin Dirty
11. Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
12. Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
13. Mac Mall - Illegal Business?
14. Ras Kass - Soul on Ice
15. Big L - Lifestylez of Da Poor and Dangerous
16. Killarmy - Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars
17. Show & AG - Runaway Slave
18. Kool G Rap - Live and Let Die
19. 2Pac - Me Against the World
20. Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
21. Jedi Mind Tricks - Violent By Design
22.Scarface - Mr Scarface is Back
23. Kool Keith - Dr. Octagonecologyst
24. MF Doom - Operation Doomsday
25. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
26. Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever
27. Outkast - ATLiens
28. Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
29. Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown
30. Deltron - Deltron 3030
30. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
31. NATAS – WicketWorldWide.com
32. Outkast - Aquemini
33. Madvillain – Madvillainy
34. Mobb Deep – The Infamous
35. Non Phixion – The Future is Now
36. Canibus – Rip the Jacker
37. Tech N9ne - Anghellic
38. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory
39. 2Pac – Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory
40. Esham – KKKill the Fetus
41. Lord Finesse – Funky Technician
42. Gang Starr – Moment of Truth
43. Smif n Wessun – Dah Shinin
44. Goodie Mob – Soul Food
45. Method Man - Tical
46. Rawkus Records – Soundbombing II
47. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions
48. Ill Bill – Whats Wrong With Bill?
49. Heltah Skeltah - Nocturnal
50. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Mecca and the Soul Brother
51. Mac Dre – Young Black Brotha
52. MOP – First Family 4 Life
53. Wu-Tang Clan – The W
54. Boogie Down Productions – By All Means Necessary
55. Organized Konfusion – Organized Konfusion
56. Company Flow – Funcrusher Plus
57. Souls of Mischief – 93 Til Infinity
58. Onyx – All We Got Iz Us
59. Mos Def – Black On Both Sides
60. Cormega – The Realness
61. Bone Thugs N Harmony – The Art of War
62. AZ – Doe or Die
63. NaS – It Was Written
64. Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt
65. Eric B and Rakim – Paid in Full
66. Notorious BIG – Ready to Die
67. RZA - Bobby Digital In Stereo
68. Inspectah Deck – Uncontrolled Substance
69. Gravediggaz – The Pick, The Sickle, and the Shovel
70. MF Grimm – Downfall of the Iblyss: A Ghetto Opera
71. Kool G Rap – Road to the Riches
72. Geto Boys – Grip It! On That Other Level
73. Masta Ace – Disposable Arts
74. Royce Da 5’9” – Rock City (some combination of 1 and 2)
75. 8Ball & MJG – On Top of the World
76. Sean Price – Monkey Barz
77. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return to the 36 Chambers
78. Scarface – The Diary
79. MOP – Warriorz
80. Dr. Dre – The Chronic
81. Redman – Muddy Waters
82. Pharoahe Monch – Internal Affairs
83. Tha Dogg Pound – Dogg Food
84. Black Star – Black Star
85. Binary Star – Binary Star
86. Devin the Dude – Just Tryin Ta Live
87. UGK – Super Tight
88. Cypress Hill – Black Sunday
89. Big Pun – Capital Punishment
90. Common - Resurrection
91. De La Soul – Stakes Is High
92. Xzibit – 40 Dayz and 40 Nights
93. Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep
94. Killarmy – Dirty Weaponry
95. DJ Quik – Quik is the Name
96. Tame One - Spazzmatic
97. DOC - No One Can Do It Better
98. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP
99. Capone N Noreaga – The War Report
100. Wyclef Jean – The Carnival/O.C. - Word...Life