From Tupac to Jay-Z: Eminem lists the 17 greatest rappers of all time
Eminem, the iconic rapper, songwriter and record producer, has created a list of the seventeen rappers he considers to be the greatest of all time.
Marshall Mathers, the ‘Rap God’ himself who is considered by many to be the greatest of all time, responded to a fan who was creating a YouTube video and asked: “Who is the greatest rapper of all time.”
Somewhat surprisingly, Eminem actually replied. “For me, in no particular order… Toss up between wayne, pac, royce, jay, redman, treach, g. rap, biggie & king crook…. [sic],” he tweeted.
He also went on to add: “Plus redman, LL, nas, joyner, kendrick, cole, andre, rakim, kane…[sic].”
This, of course, is not the first time Eminem has referenced some of his contemporaries and, in the years gone by, he has often cited some of the icons of the genre as part of his own music. Famously, as part of his 2002 song ‘Till I Collapse’, Mathers raps: “I got a list, here’s the order of my list that it’s in/ It goes, Reggie, Jay-Z, Tupac and Biggie/ Andre from Outkast, Jada, Kurupt, Nas and then me.”
Somewhat surprisingly though, Eminem failed to include the likes of Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, 50 Cent or any members of the pioneering group Wu-Tang Clang.
Elsewhere, despite being the major figure in the breaking of racial barriers when it comes to white rappers, Eminem failed to include any in his list. It has also been noted that the rapper decided against including any female musicians as part of the selection.