Billboard Names Jay Z The Number One Rapper Of All Time

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In case you’ve previously debated about who’s the number one rapper of all time — Billboard and Vibe has put the disputation to rest. The publications have name Jay Z the greatest emcee ever. In January 2022, Vibe and Billboard proceeded in unveiling their Top 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time list as part of a participatory endeavor to commemorate Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary this year.

After Billboard and Vibe gave flowers to top hip hop acts such as Rick Ross, Black Thought, André 3000, Rakim, LL COOL J, Ice Cube, Lauryn Hill and Kanye West throughout their #50 to #11 selections, on Wednesday (Feb. 8) the publications revealed their 10 final picks. Nicki Minaj came in at #10; #9 went to Snoop Dogg; Drizzy took the #8 spot; Weezy F. Baby slid in at #7; and Biggie Smalls was listed at #6. The #5 slot went to Eminem; Tupac Shakur secured #4; Nas came in at #3; the #2 spot went to Kendrick Lamar; and Jay Z was listed as the number one rapper of all time.

According to Billboard, they are “noting Jay Z’s commercial success, critical acclaim, cultural impact and entrepreneurial greatness, along with his regal-scented rhymes that speak to the struggle.” Billboard also said it’s iconic rapper’s “longevity, the breadth of his accomplishments, and what he’s meant to Hip Hop from a musical, cultural and financial standpoint for the last three decades” that make Jay Z the number one rapper of all time. Surely his 140 million records sold, 14 no. 1 albums and 24 Grammy Awards didn’t offthrow their final determination.

Naturally, someone on social media wholeheartedly disagreed with Billboard crowning Jay Z the number one rapper of all time. “Em[inem] is the most decorated Rapper in history. Em is the best selling rapper of all time. Em has achieved EGOT status. Has achieved the biggest sold out shows in rap history. ‘Lose yourself’ is the most successful song of all time. Em is the only top selling rapper in top 10 music history,” wrote the user. Sufficient argument, however, placing Kendrick Lamar at #2 over Nas is where the befuddlement certainly upsprings.

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