The long-running music publication ranked the top ten G.O.A.T. emcees as follows:
1.The Notorious B.I.G.
Billboard provided the following explanation for why the selections were chosen:
Diehard fans, music nerds and critics love lists. But in rap, rankings like this take on a special level of import: aside from moving a crowd (shouts to Rakim), MC means proving you’re the best. In no other genre do artists so blatantly express their desire to outdo competition. That made Billboard’s editorial list a more high-stakes undertaking than usual. Many favorites — Kane, Drake, KRS — didn’t make it, and each of those omissions hurts deep down. Note: we’re ranking these folks as MCs, not artists. That’s why Dr. Dre and Kanye West, for example, two legendary producer-rappers who don’t match the mic skills of those listed here, were left out. Even Tupac, perhaps the most influential rapper ever globally, is arguably known more for great songwriting than dominant bars.
It seems that description was not enough to satisfy rap legend Snoop Dogg. The West Coast representative took to Instagram to blast the list. But not because Billboard omitted his name. Uncle Snoop took issue with his “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” rhyme partner 2Pac being snubbed.
Roc Nation spitter Jay Electronica offered a different take on Billboard‘s G.O.A.T emcees. Instead of outright chastising the publication, Jay E decided to share the article’s two authors (Steven J. Horowitz and Alex Gale) with his Twitter followers.
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