According to Rolling Stone, Hip-Hop’s current “king” is none other than Detroit’s own Eminem. Before you put your eyes on the ceiling, the designation was based on “album sales, rankings on the R&B/hip-hop and rap charts, YouTube views, social media, concert grosses, industry awards and critics’ ratings”.  Only rappers who released records between 2009 and 2011 were considered; the ballot consisted of  Big Boi, B.o.B, Diddy, Drake, Eminem, Fabolous, Lupe Fiasco, Gucci Mane, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, T.I., Waka Flocka Flame, Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa. Okay, now you can roll your eyes.

Debates over who’s the best rapper have always been impossible, because they are entirely subjective. The content and punchlines that can galvanize one person can leave another one cold. This one seems particularly wack,  as any conversation that takes Pitbull and Waka Flocka to be anything but dudes who’d be working at AutoZone in a just world is just silly.

Clutch fam, do you think Em’s overall picture truly makes him the “king” of Rap? Or is this a case of numbers and impact being in conflict? Who do you think is the king and how sad is it that Nicki Minaj is up for this title because there is not even one woman in the industry who could be pitted against her right now?

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  • AK

    as much as I love Eminem, he is NOT the King of Hip Hop. The people at Rolling Stone magazine need to re-evaluate that decision.

  • Penny

    White man wins again. LOL.

  • THESE WHITE PEOPLE ARE RIGHT.. EMINEM IS THE KING OF HIP HOP… NEXT THEY ARE GOING TO TELL US WHO IS THE BEST LOOKING BLACK PERSON ACCORDING TO THEM.. THEY ARE GOING TO TELL US WHO IS THE FUNNIEST BLACK PERSON ACCORDING TO THEM… WHAT OR HOW BLACK PEOPLE SHOULD DRESS AND WHAT WE SHOULD EAT ACCORDING TO THEM… AND WHAT WATER FOUNTAIN TO DRINK IN (OK THAT ONE WAS TOO FAR)

  • rocha

    Being from the D, I love some EM. LOVE SOME EM. The best concert I ever experienced (and I’ve seen many–Sade, Jay-Z, Maxwell) was an Em one because he’s just a brillian lyricist and he lays it all out on that stage. And, as another commenter mentioned, its not all about drugs, cars or women. It’s about life–life that we all experience, both the good and bad. So, even though I’m partial because he’s my hometown boy, he’s definitely the best in my opinion. And, this isn’t about race. It shouldn’t be about race–it’s about sales, lyrics, media generated, etc. And, no one comes close to Em on that. We should move beyond this being about him being white, and see him for the artist that he is, and what he has done for hip hop. I mean really, who else beside Kayne is doing any real hip hop now days?

  • juergen apfelbaum

    It’s funny how “Black” media won’t crown a King of Hip-Hop but get mad when the Rolling Stone magazine does. Everytime they do come close to doing it, there’s always a “but” this “but” that, always some petty reasons.Talk about crabs in the bucket mentality. That’s why R.Kelly got tired of waiting, went ahead and crowned himself King of R&B.

    That being said, I believe 2pac is the King of Hip-Hop, and I still don’t kow why no “Black” media has given him that title.