• American rapper Jay-Z has been named the greatest rapper of all time.
• The list caused plenty of chatter on social media and was welcomed with open arms among Jay-Z’s loyal fans.
• Not everyone agreed with the ranking, though.

JAY-Z has been named the greatest rapper of all time by Billboard and VIBE, and as is usually the case with Hip Hop rankings, it has caused quite a stir.

The publications began rolling out their list of Top 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time last month as part of a collaborative effort to celebrate Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary this year.

After showing love to the likes of Kanye West, André 3000, Lauryn Hill, Ice Cube, Rakim, LL COOL J and Black Thought across its No. 50 to No. 11 picks, Billboard and VIBE unveiled their final 10 selections on Wednesday (February 8).

Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Lil Wayne and The Notorious B.I.G. were ranked No. 10 to No. 6, in that order, while Eminem, 2Pac, Nas and Kendrick Lamar occupied the No. 5 to No. 2 slots.

But coming in at No. 1 on the list was an MC who is no stranger to being hailed as the greatest rapper of all time, JAY-Z.

The list caused plenty of chatter on social media, and among JAY-Z’s army of loyal fans, it was unsurprisingly welcomed with open arms.

“Absolutely. Nobody has as many consistently amazing hip hop records as HOV,” one fan reacted on Twitter, while another noted: “Wayne himself says jay is the GOAT I don’t know why yall pressed.”

Not everyone agreed with the ranking, though.

“Em is the most decorated Rapper in history. Em is the best selling rapper of all time. Em as achieved EGOT status. Has achieved the biggest sold out shows in rap history. Lose yourself is the most successful song of all time. Em is the only top selling rapper in top 10 music history,” one Slim Shady stan countered.

By Stella Anyango

February 12, 2023

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