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?