Killer Mike Names Scarface As The Greatest Rapper Of All Time

Killer Mike declares Houston legend Scarface the greatest emcee to ever touch a mic.

Houston legend Scarface is no stranger to receiving accolades from fans and critics alike, but now, one of the South's contemporary acts has declared 'Face the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All-Time) emcee. In a recent interview with GoldenUndergroundTV, Atlanta powerhouse Killer Mike gave 'Face the top honors in the Hip Hop community.

When asked whether he felt that his Grand Hustle partner T.I. was indeed the King of the South, Mike agreed and went on to deem Scarface as the best living emcee. In addition, Mike said that Bun B made up half of greatest duo in rap, and said that the South has produced five of the most important independent labels for Hip Hop artists.

"Yeah, I wholeheartedly agree [that T.I. is King of the South]," he said. "Bun B is a part of one of the greatest rap groups ever. He is the King of the Underground. T.I. invented the category [of King of the South]; I also agree that Scarface is the greatest rapper of all time - the G.O.A.T…I also agree that [five] most powerful Hip Hop labels independently I've ever seen are Luke Skyywalker Records, Suave House Records, Rap-A-Lot Records, No Limit Records…and Cash Money Records."

Check out the full interview below.

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81 Comments

  • Anonamoose

    Scarface is around 7 to 11 for me. Changes all the time. He's not #1 though.

  • Anonymous

    if you mix in a bag: originality crativity impact styles flows delivery CONTENT!! longevity classic albums relevancy popularity .................................you undoublty come with one EMCEE Drake.

  • Anonymous

    "Scarface and Ice Cube have the two strongest bodies of work in Rap History" Hush child. That nonsense doesn't belong here.

  • gsonii

    Scarface and Ice Cube have the two strongest bodies of work in Rap History.

  • Anonymous

    Scarface had a terrible voice. No range. Repetitive subject matters, plus was out of shape, and once admitted in an interview that he doesn't wash his hands after doing a #2.

  • JMG

    Face is an all time great MC, but how all of a sudden when Killer Mike makes this comment, which is HIS opinion, that he is entitled to, does that make people come out of the wood works and start throwing around shit like "Greatest Story Teller Ever"..."Best from the South".... What does that mean exactly? So the best blah blah blah ever in Hip Hop means they are automatically Top 5? Chuck D had one of the greatest VOICES ever in Hip Hop history...does that automatically make him Top 5? Canibus had some of the most creative rhymes EVER...is he top 5? Man, love Face for his place, but stop creating false shit to prop him up over other MCs that have contributed just as much. That is all I am saying. I can bump Face without him being in my Top 5 and go to sleep at night. And he might not even be the greatest story teller ever....stop shittin on Slick Rick or Nas or Pharoahe Monch...

  • rbgwarrior

    if you mix in a bag: originality crativity impact styles flows delivery CONTENT!! longevity classic albums relevancy popularity .................................you undoublty come with one EMCEE......his name people is the BLASTMASTER KRS ONE!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Dude compromises like crazy. He'll talk shit about new school rappers like Soulja Boy then brown nose them in person. I think was KRS-One has done for the culture is great in terms of establishing & elucidating a context in which Hip Hop can be understood by those in & outside of the culture/genre. But let's be real, he is NOT a lyrical beast by any means. His freestyle on BET Awards didn't even rhyme!

    • ^

      Not only are you a young hater, but you're a young dumbass.

    • Anonymous

      and then throw in repetitive rhyme schemes, repetitive topics, corniest voice, second ugliest face, and irrelevance in that past 10 years and youd be half right about your shit and dead on about mine.

    • BDP

      You're actually right sstill especially if you include least compromising artist krs never sold out like a lot of greats did

  • Hannibal

    I like K.Mike but this is the one of the foolest thing I've ever heard! 2pac got a style and talent for sure. Eminem was great but I'm tired of I'm not afraid, I'm strong or I'm... sh*t! Old em would mock this Eminem. I want maniac Em back. It was his style. That's why he couldn't continue with D12. He is not that maniac anymore. Who's the hottest lyricist? Absolutely Rakim! He's a non-negotiable legend! Watch and cry! http://www.bet.com/video/hiphopawards/2012/exclusives/rakim-s-influence-hip-hop-awards-talib-kweli-french-montana.html

  • Anonymous

    LOL nigga never had a multiplatinum album

  • FuKKK KKKiller MiKKKe

    Fuck this nigga. He only said that cause they from the South.

  • Anonymous

    mos def kweli immortal technique mf doom big boi curren$y just afew to consider

  • Anonymous

    Labels 1. No Limit 2. Death Row 3. Ruthless 4. Def Jam 5. Bad Boy Artists 1. 2 Pac 2. Big Daddy Kane 3. Mac (Shell Shocked) 4. Nas 5. Jay Z

  • BPSN

    Top 5 all time for most people is going to change from person to person. It's all opinion. Niggas get so sensitive and bitchy over little shit

  • yeaaahh

    Top 5 of all-time: 1.) Eminem 2.) Jay-Z 3.) Biggie 4.) Andre 3000 5.) Zack De La Rocha from Rage Against the Machine.

    • yeaaahh

      Nope, I'm serious! Zack is one of the most complex, energetic, and passionate rappers to ever touch the mic. He's underrated because he was the vocalist for a rock band, but he's clearly one of the best.

    • Anonymous

      Zack de roach lol. Man shut the fuck up troll

  • Anonymous

    he wasnt technical.

  • Case Closed

    Nyers yall dont have to hate Scarface should be in top 5. Everybody talking about oh he was technical. He is the greatest story teller of all time. Having word play doesnt make you a dope emece. Scarface is the example of what a true emece is and thats to paint pictures. No rapper has painted pictures lyrically for over 25 years like Face. Quit the hate Face is the greatest and Outkast is the greatest rap group of all time. No group has been more original and skillful than Outkast. South in the House. OH yea have the best independent labels ever in hip hop Master P mad 500 million with no limit. Case Closed!!

  • Anonymous

    He's dope but this kind of topic is subjective...well unless you say lil wayne is the best rapper of all time then your choice really doesn't count.

  • Bruh

    Not even one mention of Outkast son...

  • Anonymous

    TOP 5 NAS PAC SCARFACE GHOSTFACE KOOL G RAP

  • realtalk101

    The most lyrical and historical rap figure in the south is k-rino, head of the south park coalition. scarface favorite rapper is k-rino who is also his influence to first picking up a mic. k-rino is top 5 dead or alive hands down. his worse song efforts are no worse then the top 50 artists, whoever you name, acceptable efforts and his catalog is extensive. he probably has 20 albums under his belt nobody in rap history has independent solo album drive like him and gets better with every album. i respect mikes opinion he chose a definite talent in face but k-rino is the definitive truth to the greatest that ever has did or done it in the south, by a landslide.

    • Anonymous

      boy hes good but cant fuck with face

    • Anonymous

      Being fron the South yes he is a dope emece but he could never made complete songs. He got lyrics but sometimes his beat selection and hooks was bad. Scarface is the best story teller of all time hands down not even close. Being a story teller is the hardest thing to do in hip hop. To tell a good story that people are blown away by its harder than having word play.

  • wu wear

    It's really not even a question as all of his cd's range from dope to classic: Mr. Scarface Is Back (1991) The World Is Yours (1993) The Diary (1994) The Untouchable (1997) My Homies (1998) The Last of a Dying Breed (2000) The Fix (2002) Balls and My Word (2003) My Homies Part 2 (2006) Made (2007) Emeritus (2008) PLUS all of his work with the Geto Boys with range from dope to classic: Making Trouble (1988) Grip It! On That Other Level (1989) The Geto Boys (1990) We Can't Be Stopped (1991) Till Death Do Us Part (1993) The Resurrection (1996) Da Good da Bad & da Ugly (1998) The Foundation (2005) No one really comes close except Ghostface when it comes to percentage of dope material dropped. No wack albums is an honor that very, very few mc's can claim.

    • Chris

      Hope you don't mind if I revise your list a bit: It's really not even a question as all of his cd's range from dope to classic: Mr. Scarface Is Back (1991) The World Is Yours (1993) The Diary (1994) The Untouchable (1997) My Homies (1998) The Last of a Dying Breed (2000) The Fix (2002) Balls and My Word (2003) My Homies Part 2 (2006) Made (2007) Emeritus (2008) PLUS all of his work with the Geto Boys with range from dope to classic: Making Trouble (1988) Grip It! On That Other Level (1989) The Geto Boys (1990) We Can't Be Stopped (1991) Till Death Do Us Part (1993) The Resurrection (1996) Da Good da Bad & da Ugly (1998) The Foundation (2005) Mixtapes: Dopeman Music (2010) Other Group Albums: The Product - One Hunid (2006)

    • Money Emp

      Wu WEAR You forgot Dopeman Musik (CLA$$IC) his first Mixtape that could've been An Album featuring B dot James $traight Out of Detroit

    • Anonymous

      and not anyone can make a classic or even dope album. if they could then they wouldn't be dope...

    • Anonymous

      and he should be.

    • Anonymous

      True anyone can have a dope or classic album but very few are consistent. But if we are talking in that vein then Krs one is also an strong candidate.

  • Money Emp

    Ppl Keep talkin About the Fix,How bout his debut Album that came out 21yrs Ago on this Very day, mo$t of U Youngin probably couldn't get it because of the Explicit Lyrics.I Always Say Face Is the Luther Vandross of Rap cause when he first came out he was A Skinny cold Muthafuck@ on the Mic that went by the Name of Akshun,Now he Ju$t Layed back doin him Makin Dope A$$ Musik(Platium)status.What'd Up Willie D. G.B.4LIFE

  • Anonymous

    LOL @ people getting butt hurt about Killer Mike's O-P-I-N-I-O-N They asked him who he thought was the best and he answered, whats the issue?? And Face is as good a choice as anybody, he was around in the 80's and never stopped making music. People praise Rakim, Kool G Rap & Big Daddy Kane, but Face started the same time period they did and continued putting out some of his best material in the 2000's..... If you dont like his music personally more power to you but Face is not a ridiculous choice for a GOAT, he put in his work and dropped a ton of classic shit.

  • Anonymous

    It really depends on what about a rapper would let them be the best. Influence? Technical skills? How much people can relate to them? Passion? Sound? Lyrical complexity? To each their own, but it's no surprise that a southern emcee believes Scarface is GOAT I'm sure a lot of southern rappers believe the same.

  • KickinKnowledge

    Scarface has been in the game longer the I've been alive. . .He has classics in his discography and is definitely a legend of the South. .Matter fact he is the Best Emcee from the South. Its cool that K. Mike has his own opinion. . But I place Nas #1 . . . Nas is what Ali was to Boxing. .Scarface is like a Roy Jones of the game. .

    • Anonymous

      Oochie Wally wasn't even a bad song but in any case, it wasn't a Nas song - he just jumped on the remix because without him it wouldn't have gotten a lot of airplay/attention.

    • Anonymous

      mean wack album

    • Anonymous

      disagre homie. Face hasnt dropped one wack rapper. I do remember Ochie Wally and Nastradamus. If it wasnt for that album I would say Nas is the greatest but.... Also the best rap group of all time is Outkast.

  • Anonymous

    Scarface is top 20 all time but to call him the greatest is an insult to the art of emceeing and Hip Hop in general, how can you place him above the likes of Pac, Biggie, Rakim, Nas, Big L, Eminem, Jay-Z etc, you just cant.. Face is a legend and one of the greatest to ever touch the mic out of the South, you definitely could make a case for that but not greatest of all time

    • Anonymous

      yeah op hasn't listened to enough face. he's a legit choice

    • Anonymous

      Its crazy you would say that because they was all influence by Scarface. Face was Pac's and Biggie favorite album. Jay z was influence by Face thats why he always look out for him on records. I lived through that time period and a lot rappers was influence by him. Story Telling is the toughest thing to do and face is the greatest story teller of all time. Slick Rick is behind him. He didnt have enough material.

    • Money Emp

      I Know for A Fact that B.I.G,Pac & Jay took A page from Face's Book you can hear It In All there Raps,they Just had a Bigger Machine behind them,that Ain't No diss to the King Lil J. cause the Indu$try was SCARED to FUCK wit My R-A-LMafia HOUSTON N!99as

    • Anonymous

      Face is a good enough rapper to at least be comparable to those. That being said, it can't be an insult, it's just his opinion. My opinion personally is that it's an insult to include Jay-Z and Rakim in that list. For Jay-Z I feel his lack of originality and WOW factor (his style doesn't stand out), and Rakim lacks longevity and extended relevance.

    • Anonymous

      its an insult to have your own opinion now.

  • datnigga

    Top 5 All Time No Order: 2pac Biggie Nas Jay-Z Eminem

  • Anonymous

    He's definitely the greatest rapper of all time from the South. I dunno about all time. But he makes the top 10 or 20 for sure. The Fix is an incredible album that you need to hear if you consider yourself a fan of rap.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like Gunplay lent Killer Mike some of his crack. Motherfucking Scarface is the Goat? Not in this life, or the one after that.

  • Anonymous

    LOL everyone know the greatest rapper of all time is LIL WAYNE!

  • D3monio

    One Of The Greatest To Ever Touch The Mic But To Call Him The GREATEST? Naw Homie

  • AgentPro

    'Face is definitely one of the all time best rappers. I wish I could've heard the rest of his bars on that "Mac and Brad" joint off of Beans first album. Respect to Killer Mike for giving just praise.

  • facemob

    Every album the man drops is classic and dude is for real. Cant say that shit about most of these candy ass hip pop stars.

  • Yessir

    I don't see anything wrong with him saying Face is the greatest...It's his opinion, nothing more, nothing less. There's no rule that says the best has to be from the north.

  • Anonymous

    nas= g.o.a.t, but face qualifies aswell

  • Anonymous

    Scarface doesn't even make the top 10...

    • Chris Tennant

      You sir are full of dog sh*t....Scarface is Top 5 Dead or Alive hip hop lyricists/emcees/artists of ALL TIME...The Diary, Untouchable, and The Fix are ALL undisputed classic albums...That certainly tops the majority of your NY bias list

    • Anonymous

      I bet you haven't even listened to The Fix. One of the best rap albums I've ever heard.

    • Anonymous

      No I just see things as they are. Scarface's flow is extremely basic and hes nothing incredible lyrically. He's put out some great material (hence why he's a legend,) but he simply doesn't have enough skill to be in the top 10.

    • steponson

      Your full of shit! i bet most of the people on your list were born in the late 80's and don't know nothin about nothin!

  • dj rik412

    finally someone gave props to the greatest, and I'm from PA, but scarface been the greatest, and will be for a long time with these wack new rappers out.

  • Anonymous

    scarface is good, not great, most less to be the greatest of all time big mike done bumd his head

    • Anonymous

      What would you know about it dumbass, Face been in the game 25 years and dropped alot of classic shit, he's as good a choice as anybody else

  • gsonii

    The most legendary rapper from the South. Anything else you try to give him you are reaching, but isn't that enough? This coming from a fan of his.

  • Anonymous

    a rapper from the south claiming another rapper from the south is the greatest rapper alive? No wait, he claims the rapper is the greatest of all time? Suspicious? Unbiased? I think so

    • gsonii

      Why would he not? You ever heard any of those wack ass NY'ers claim anyone but one of there own is the greatest? Mike has always been a hard artist. Just another way of saying we worked for our spot in this game and we are not stopping. Yes Face is definitely the southern GOAT and since its fuck the other side until you get your proper recognition he is the overall GOAT.

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