I Made A Top 50 African Rappers Of All-Time List And People Are Upset

"You set yourself up for a firing squad."

The Internet has gone Top 50 crazy, a trend incited by the viral Top 50 Rappers Of All Time list that surfaced online earlier this week. The atrocious list released by  The Brew Podcast ranked Budden as the third best rapper of all time, ahead of other industry vets including Eminem, 2Pac, Black Thought and Andrรฉ 3000. Fabolous earning a place in one of the coveted top ten spots is also a travesty. There's so much I would love to say about that list but let's remain focused.

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If you follow me on social media then you're aware I like to bring the hot topics home (Africa). You may not entirely agree with my methods, but getting the point across is all that really matters. Conversations of this spectrum rarely take place on the continent and our African heroes need the same love their foreign counterparts get, you feel?  

It's also fun to see old heads argue.

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Since the viral top 50 list went live on Monday, Aug. 5. Hip Hop heads, fans and bloggers have all added their unsolicited two-cents to the ongoing GOAT debate with the likes of Mike Tyson, Ebro Darden and Lil Durk sharing their unofficial Top 50. But who would you have in your Top 10, or 50 in this case? Here's the thing - your list isn't accurate and neither is mine. There is no nuanced list. Just go home. We all have opinions as to why we think John Doe belongs at the top spot but at the end of the day, it's purely subjective.

(Editor's Note: If I'm allowed to brag, my list is the closest you'd get to a GOAT list on the continent as I did a pretty good job in including all the major pioneers and shape shifters of African hip hop).

Ranking rappers in Africa is trickier than the usual North American debate because you have so many factors to contend with including language, size of country and cultural differences. Not forgetting corrupt leaders. There's also the curious case of the East. Everyone forgets the East.

So what's the easiest method to use, here's a quick outline:

- Popularity - You can never rule out popularity. How big is the artist outside his country. You can't be the GOAT when only five people listen to your music. If an artist is popular then he/she is likely doing something right.

- Longevity - At least ten plus years of consistent material, including guest verses. No hiding.

- Lyricism - A huge game changer but not the most important. Tupac isn't the most lyrical but he makes GOAT debates.

- Versatility/Notoriety - This is the one that keeps you relevant. Be flexible.

- Battle Tested - You're not the GOAT if you've never been in a rap beef, I'm sorry. I didn't make the rules. Beef is an essential element of rap. Tupac, Biggie, Nas, JAY-Z, KRS-ONE, Ice Cube, Drake, just to name a few have all been involved in rap beefs at some points in their careers. Start a beef, even if it's with the mail man.

You can also look at classic projects but it's hard to tell what's a classic these days (I have a list of classic African tapes. Just wait for it.)

Veteran African rappers like Obrafour, Modenine, Reggie Rockstone and Proverb all make the list as well as new school rappers including Nasty C, Emtee and Cassper Nyovest.  As usual, the Internet had a lot to say. Some are not so pleasant.

 Who would feature in your Top 10/50? Let us know in the comments. Also checkout Top Tier Collaborations Between Africa and North American Rappers. 

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