Let's get to the real deal: Biggie, Eminem and Rakim are in for reasons every true fan of rap music shouldn't even question. Let's get to the other 7.
Don't tell me you'd rather keep Weezy over the resurrection of Pun.
#9: KENN STARR
Give this man Kendrick's budget and see a star rising
It's hard to show Ghost the door, but El's lyrical ability deserves a spot here.
It's not a woman-for-woman thing here. It's about rap. Give Lauryn a well-deserved place in a "Greatest R&B" thing or whatever. She won't be happy anyway.
This guy right here, instead: he's really got food for thought. Mirror Music is a classic.
#6: FREDDIE GIBBS
The man every hot rapper is being schooled by. Enough said.
#5: TALIB KWELI
One of the greatest contemporary poets. Best rapper alive, if you ask me.
He should be #1. Nevermind excluded.
Everyone is entitled to disagree. As long as the focus is on quality rather than the thousand lights making the nth music-biz clown shine.
Have your say.