Greatest Rapper Of All Time?


"the greatest rapper alive died on March 9th"

Okay so that might have been overstatement of the century, lets face it he never was actually the greatest. Possibly the best on Bad Boy but then Diddy had a habit of signing up really shit rappers (if like us you caught the London show on the mix below you will no doubt remember how truly s**t that loveable crackhead Craig Mack actually was live), probably so he wouldn't look so bad when he tried to rap himself. Still Biggie wasn't too bad with a mic and made some classic tunes now and then, most of which are here on this 'tribute' mix by DJ MK.

Download: DJ MK - Biggie Smalls Tribute Mix

Tracklisting:

PARTY N BULLSHIT BLEND -ONE MORE CHANCE HIP HOP RMX
MARY J BLIGE - REAL LOVE RMX
HERB ALBERT - RISE
HYPNOTIZE
UNBELIEVABLE
KICK IN THE DOOR
GIMMIE THE LOOT
DREAMS
MR CEE FREESTYLE
THINK BIG
JUICY
WHO SHOT YA
DEAD WRONG
BIG POPPA
ISLEY BROTHERS - BETWEEN THE SHEETS
JUNIOR MAFIA - PLAYERS ANTHEM
JUNIOR MAFIA - GET MONEY
WARNING
WEST COAST FREESTYLE
MO MONEY MO PROBLEMS
BIGGIE SMALLS LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH PALAIS LONDON APRIL1995
FLAVOR IN YA EAR RMX
ONE MORE CHANCE


Picking the actual greatest rapper of all time is blatantly an impossibility unless you're the sort of person who believes that there's one meaning to life and one path to God, or that blue smarties tasted better because you didn't get them all the time. Marketing ploys aside we could probably do a list of bloody good rappers if we could be arsed and one rapper who would certainly be on that is Gift Of Gab, who shall be playing with our boy Ruffstylz (who believes he once spat the 'greatest verse in Hip-hop', to less applause then Biggie admittedly but hey mi vida es su vida) this Friday at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff. He is also on this incredibly dope track from Nick Andre and E da Bos.

Download: Nick Andre and E da Bos Feat. Gift of Gab - Left Side of the Brain (Nick Andre Remix) / alt link

The EP also features Marc Stretch (of Foreign Legion), Bicasso (of Living Legends) and Z-Man (of One Block Radius). Here's a link to the EP and a video for the title track.

Download: Nick Andre & E da Boss - Robot Practice EP

Robot Practice from totempole pr on Vimeo.

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4 Responses to Greatest Rapper Of All Time?

snarebear said...

Kaptin! Blasphemy! Biggie, with maybe the exception of nas or a wu tang member, was far and away one of the greatest, if not the greatest.

He had the distinctive, mouth-full cadence, as well as the higher pitched crazy one displayed on gimme the loot. He had such an amazing flow on top of it, and if you listen to the lyrics...sure, they can be violent, brutal, mysoginisitc, whatever, but it was '90s hip hop- the beauty is in the carefully constructed metaphors and similes that build to a theme or alot of the time, into an intense, vivid, cinematic storyline.

biggie wasn't too bad with a mic...much love kap, but damn! that just ain't right. have a full listen through ready to die, then on through life after death, and maybe through in a few cuts from born again (like big booty hoes). if you aren't convinced, then maybe tis' the dichotomy of an American musical upbringing to that of a British childhood.

good mix by MK,

-SnareBear
http://soundcloud.com/the-snare-bear

disco said...

ONE of the greats I'm sure, and I hate to be that guy but I'm bout to. NOBODY has done what Jay Z has done. Love him or hate him, may not be the BEST rapper, but he's surely the greatest. feel me? now str8 lyricist? gift of gab, yes, nas, yes, lyrics born, yes, meth, yes, my brotha chach, yes. no way to pick just one unless we talkin about jus str8 greatness.

CHROME KIDS said...

bigUP Snarebear, thought there might be some disagreement with that :) I'm sure alot of people here would agree with you too but I always found him a touch too basic to be the greatest. he did have a good tone but could be too lazy at times and wouldn't say his flow was amazing, know it's a personal thing but if we're talking same time period he doesn't touch say Wyclef on the first Fugees album (or Lauren for that matter). i do love Ready To Die though and would say it was a great album, infatc I'd even go as far to say that he was a great rapper but still not buying that he was 'the greatest' sorry :)

@ Disco - Jay Z is definitely genius in terms of marketing and in terms of tunes when he hits he definitely hits hard but he's so inconsistent that the dire outweighs the brilliant for me.

bigLOVE,

Kaptin

Sanzito said...

Meth Tical is the best, his voice, his flow and his charisma are unique !
Then, ODB is the most regreting MC, GZA is one of the best lyricist, RZA the best producer, the Wu the best crew all of time, KRS One, MF Doom, B-Real, Dj Premier, Kool G Rap, X-Zibit, Redman, Ghostface, Raekwon, J Dilla, Madlib, The Roots, The Beatnuts are big reference too.
Biggie, 2Pac are considered the best all of time by many people ONLY because they're dead, for me. They were good MC, but nothing more.

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