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Thirty seconds of Rakim brilliance as featured in the documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap."

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  • Esquire

    Half of these emcees learned from Rakim so to put him on the list is complete disrespect. No list is never gonna be perfect but in my own opinion off lyrics and not fame in no order of precedence: 1. Nas 2. Mos Def 3. Phonte 4. Pharoahe Monch 5. Jean Grae 6. J-Live 7. Blackthought 8. Lupe Fiasco 9. Elzhi 10. Empty for the next true lyricist (Jay-Z is balling so hard you just have to listen to him) Note: B.I.G, Tupac, Big L, Big Pun aren't in the list because they aren't here. R.I.P however if they were the list wouldn't even matter. I'm sure we could all agree Tupac would have ensured that most niggas that rhyming right now would have never made it and this wack state of Hip-Hop would have never been born. 3.

  • Furious like the 5

    This top 10 is fahreal not pharell in no particular order 1. ICE CUBE 2. SCARFACE 3.BLACK THOUGHT 4.NAS 5.RAKIM ALLAH 6.COMMON 7. MOS DEF 8.ANDRE 3000 9. Q-TIP 10.HARE KRISHNA

    • Anonymous

      Not very good.. Big Pun, Rakim, Pac, Biggie, Jay Z, Eminem???? I agree with black Thought, Nas, and Ice Cube..

  • Anonymous

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  • Jay Smoove

    damn, thats just from the intro to "the 18th letter"

  • L-Boogie

    1.Nas 2.Pac 3.Scarface 4.Ghostface Killah 5.Common 6.Talib Kweli 7.Jay-z(96-03) 8.Mos Def 9.Black Thought 10.LL Cool J

    • No. #1 HATER OF WACKNESS

      DUDE YOUR LINE-UP IS QUESTIONABLE NAS, GFK, LL, FACE, TALIB, AND MOS I GIVE YOU CREDIT FOR, BUT YOU STILL NEED TO GO DO YOUR HOMEWORK THE OTHER TWO NO WAY.

  • Anonymous

    Don't care what no one says Andre 3000's the goat....creativity, originality, swag, film work, etc. Makes Andre a pioneer in the game and in my eyes the god of the mic....jay, big, em, nas, etc. Follow close behind, dope mcs's, but no one fucking with 3 stacks

    • No. #1 HATER OF WACKNESS

      MAN YOU MUST HAVE LOST YOUR MUTHAF...ING MIND THAT GUY ANDRE (STOLE THE FATHER OF ALL STYLES THE GREATEST MC IN THE WORLD KOOL KEITH'S SONG NAME "3000" GO CHECK FOR DOCTOR OCTAGON YOUNGSTER LEARN FROM THE OLD SCHOOL RESEARCH ALL THE MASTERS OF THE GAME. I GIVE YOU ONE MANY, MANY MORE SON (JUST-ICE, KRS-ONE, WU & ALL THEIR AFFILIATES, TRAGEDY THE KING OF QB, AND IF YOU THINK THEY ARE WACK YOU'RE JUST A NUMBSKULL.

    • L-Boogie

      Nope Andre is way to inconsistent to be the goat, I like Big Boi better....Because he actually puts out music instead of living off his name.

  • techn9ne

    fuck nas he the biggest sellout

    • Anon

      Im a big nas stan love his whole catalogue but I can admit he did sellout, not bigger than jay but he certainly did sellout

  • ryan_mc90

    best ever 1-pac 2-biggie 3-immortal technique 4-rakim 5-dmx

  • jk

    top 5: rakim dmx tupac nas big daddy kane

  • Anonymous

    You people are idiots, Em is no where near top 5, neither is Jay-Z and Pac and Big are top 10 at best.

  • Anonymous

    it the god MC, dagg how can one nigga be so nice

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    • Anonymous

      you ain't gonna blow up...no one ain't gonna buy your shit (your hometown don't count)...just give up sonny!

  • pienman

    props to the God... Ra is still a beast

  • Jonathan

    Ill! The God MC!

  • oskamadison

    To make it so bad, that verse is from '97's "The 18th Letter" and a lot of heads STILL can't even see that. Rakim Allah, if he ain't in your top 5, best believe he's in at least 2 of your top 5's top 5, for real...

  • Anonymous

    "I was always a flow-a, I made waves for Noah." - The God.

  • Anonymous

    eminem and rakim has the dopiest freestyles/verses so far , to be honest , em > rakim this time

    • ini76

      It's so funny how people think there is a true top list of greatest MC's. To me it's just naive to think that way. Besides... how many lists failed to include an MC's intellect? When some of you get older you will realize how many of these rappers are dumb as hell. How many have grown with time? These lists are all just your opinions. They are not universal.

    • Anonymous

      how can yall be so biased whata bout mos def ,common, black thought ,chino xl ,scarface , jaz o whom is better than jay z

    • Puff

      GOATS Pac Nas Em BIG Jay nuff said

    • PQ

      This is my personal top 5 meaning if I could only choose 20 songs a piece from each artist to make 5 burned CDs these are the rappers I would choose. 1. Too Short 2. Nas 3. Pac 4. Jay Z 5. Prodigy or Juvenile(both still making quality music)

    • What

      Eminem above Rakim, Nas, Jay, BIG, PAC?!?? FUCK outta here. Only category he better than than them in is Record Sales.

    • Anonymous

      Not just right now, of all time it probably goes 1 Eminem 2 2Pac 3 NaS (if next album is bad/average will get dropped) 4 Rakim (VERY close to NaS) 5 Jay-Z/Notorious BIG (Reasonable Doubt shows Jayz is much better then Biggie but after that hes kind of fallen off, espescially post black album)