The rap industry has witnessed some of the finest rappers of all time. Yet we still find it difficult to answer the question ‘who is the best rapper in the world?’ If you are also wondering about the answer, we have compiled a list of the best rappers that we bet you would not like to miss. Keep reading on to know more:
Lil Wayne believed in himself before the world labeled him as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Lil is one of the few rappers with a platinum certificate at a very young age, and therefore, he deserves to be on this list. Lil Wayne or Dwayne Michael Carter Jr did not become an overnight sensation among his fans in one day. After his debut albums underperformed, Lil Wayne put in the effort and hard work to prove himself. Lil Wayne‘s The carter series rose him to popularity followed by his 2008 mixtape. However, it was thE carter III that sold 1 million-plus copies and became a smash hit among the fans. Moreover, Lil Wayne’s lyrical depth attracts millions of music lovers towards his music.
Birth name, Kanye Omari West, Kanye West is one of the best rappers in the world. His debut album, The College Dropout garnered the attention of fans worldwide and gave him recognition in mainstream hip-hop. But this was just the beginning as Kanye had a glorious career from 2004 to 2012 with his songs having a chart presence in all these years. He has seven singles that debuted at number one and eight number one albums to his credit. Kanye has outperformed many of his rival rappers, and so nobody can deny his greatest as a rapper.
Jay Z started his rapping career with his hit song Hard Knock Life. Just when we thought it could not get better, Jay Z released Hard Knock Life 2, and the rest is history. The second volume shone on Billboard 200 with a sale of more than 3 lakhs copies in its first week of release. Jay Z went on to release several successful albums and created a name in the hip-hop world with their talent and passion.
If there is a rapper who has not failed to surprise fans, it is Drake. Drake has been at the top of the hip-hop industry for nearly a decade. There were others like Eminem and Jay Z who have had tasted commercial success before Drake, but they did not reign the industry for long. The initial half of 2012 was like a dream come true for this rapper as it saw the artist’s maximum number ones on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart and Top R&B songs chart. Drake always had this desire to beat his previous numbers and set himself as a great inspiration for millions of his fans. In 2014, Drake had no big projects lined up, yet it was the same year that the rapper released his biggest hit of 2014- SoundCloud loosie. Drake has proven that nothing is impossible if you put your whole self into something.
Kendrick Lamar: Kendrick Lamar deserves to be on this list. He is fabled for his heart-touching lyrics that countless rappers fail to attain even after many years of industry experience. Kendrick’s mixed tape set his path to further success. The way he uses the lyrics in his raps also sets him apart from other rappers. It is been 14 years since Kendrick’s mixed tape saw the light of day, and since then the rapper is beating his records while also giving something original to mainstream hip-hop. His passion for music has inspired millions to take up rapping as a career.
Nelly could have made it big in the hip-hop industry, but some tragic coincidences proved to be a bane to their career. Nelly’s journey from a rapper to a pop star is still worth remembering. If Jay Z and Eminem were not in the game around that time, Nelly would have been known as the biggest crossover star. But 2002 summer saw the decline of Nelly’s reign in hip-hop with the rapper’s second album, Nellyville.
Eminem is certainly the best rapper alive today. Born as Marshal Bruce Mathers, Eminem’s popularity is immense all over the world. Surprisingly, the rapper’s career rose at the time when Briteny Spears’s albums registered one million sales copies. Nonetheless, Eminem gave the best-selling rap album with THe Marshall Mathers LP hitting a mark of 1.76 million copies. Indeed, the commercial success that Eminem has enjoyed is still a distant dream for many rappers in the industry.
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