Billboard and Vibe ranked the legendary rapper and 27-times Grammy winner, Shawn Carter AKA Jay Z in its list of the greatest rappers of all time.
The list was released Wednesday, 8th February 2023 to reflect hip-hop’s foundational pioneers, evolutionary trailblazers, and contemporary mainstays. , whose illustrious career has spanned nearly 3 decades.
Speaking on the list Billboard and Vibe say:
“So it took a lot of deliberation and deep discussion to reason our way to what we believe is a well-thought-out, authentic In addition, that mix also encompasses 50 years of cultural milestones for a genre initially dismissed as a passing fad — and now recognized as the industry’s market-share leader.”
Flamboyant rapper Rick Ross enters at NO. 50, celebrated rapper and musician Lauren Hill is ranked 30th, while commercial rapper and businessman 50 Cent is ranked 17th.
Generational talent and sound shaper Kanye West curiously failed to crack the top 10 as he is ranked 11th.
Top 10 greatest rappers: Nicki Minaj is the highest-ranking female on the list with a NO. 10 ranking. Best-selling rapper of all time Drake is ranked NO. 8.
For this success and impact, Lil Wayne is ranked at NO. 7. Famous rappers and rivals Notorious B.I.G and Tu Pac are ranked NO. 6 and NO. 4 respectively.
10. Nicki Minaj
9. Snoop Dogg
7. Lil Wayne
6. The Notorious B.I.G
4. Tu Pac
2. Kendrick Lamar
1. Jay Z