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2012 Rap Draft

May 8, 2012 · Posted in editorial · 114 Comments 

The NFL Draft just flew by. After a countless number of mock drafts, everything went as expected. Andrew Luck went number 1, RG3 went number 2, and Trent Richardson followed at #3. But I was thinking, why should sports bloggers have all the fun with mock drafts? Why can’t hip-hop have a mock draft? Let’s just imagine that every label released every rapper. Then the “national rap league” organized a draft in which labels would re-acquire new talent. Who would be the first pick? Find out what I think after the jump. Before that, take note that this is not a best rapper alive list. Basically, since they’re labels, who are they going to win with the most? Whether they win lyrically, or with record sales. Who’s going to be the best rapper for their label? That’s what this draft is about.


1. Eminem

When you think about it, Eminem is a no-brainer. He can sell records, he has a loyal fanbase, and he’s a lyrical……God. To some, he’s the best rapper of all-time. Additionally, everytime he drops an album, or just a mere song, it’s gold platinum, and the world shakes, just a bit. Hands down, Eminem would be the first pick.

2. Jay-Z

Coming in at #2 would be Jay-Z. Like Em’, Jay is very versatile, lyrical, and he’s very mainstream friendly. He’s a household name with a long trajectory. Excitement surrounds his every release making him very profitable. But, the only reason he’s behind Em’, is because Eminem is a monster when it comes to record sales. Jay-Z is good, but Eminem is on another level.

3. Drake

What? You’re surprised? Look, take your opinion out of the equation, and ask yourself, will a label make money off Drake? Of course. Aubrey has the youth in a trance. Drake has become a household name at the young age of 25. He’s a trendsetter. Whether he’s promoting the YOLO lifestyle or throwing a bar mitzvah, people love to talk about him. Whether he’s wearing batting gloves or dissing Common, people keep talking about him. Buzz has also translated into record sales for Drake. His sophomore album, Take Care, sold about 600,000 in its first week. And because he’s 25, he has a long career ahead of him.

4. Kanye West

Picking Drake over Kanye was a tough decision. Ultimately, I put Drake over Kanye because Drake is younger, and has more potential. Kanye West might be the better rapper, but he’s not always the most popular. Outside of hip-hop, Kanye is a PR mess. Him dating one of the most hated faces in America doesn’t help. Yes, ‘Ye does provide great music, but he’s a ticking time bomb sometimes. His arrogance isn’t very popular with the rest of the culture, and since it’s 2012, labels might need them to buy records. Remember, they’re not fans, they’re label execs. So don’t get your tie up in a bunch. Kanye would be the 4th pick.

5. Nicki Minaj

The fifth pick would be Nicki Minaj. Like it or not, Nicki is the most successful female rapper in history. Who wouldn’t want her? Like Eminem and Jay-Z, Onika is a household name. She’s performed in the Super Bowl, and she’s becoming an influential piece in pop culture. Y.U. Mad?

6. Lil Wayne

A few years back, Wayne might’ve been a top 3 pick, or even the 1st pick, but Rikers Island really changed Wayne. He’s not the same anymore. His punchlines don’t pack the same punch, his sense of fashion is horrible, and he’s starting to become a trend follower instead of a trendsetter. Wayne dressing up like an Odd Future member serves as proof. When Wayne is unique, he wears jeggings, and that hasn’t caught on like he would’ve hoped. A rappers image matters, and Wayne’s image is on a downfall. I hope I’m wrong, but Wayne’s prime has come and gone.

7. Rick Ross

Although Wayne has fallen off a bit, he’s still a lot more popular than a lot of other rappers. Rick Ross is one of those other rappers. When comparing Wayne and Ross, Wayne can still outsell, out-tour, and out-rap Rick Ross. Rozay is a solid 7th pick. Rick Ross’ internet grind is currently unmatched. He can drop a mixtape today, and tomorrow it’ll be all over the streets. His BAWSE image is similarly untouched. Labels would love that. UGH.

8. J. Cole

J. Cole’s Sideline Story didn’t include any chart topping singles. It wasn’t all over MTV, BET, or the radio, yet Cole World: The Sideline Story debuted at #1 with an impressive 218,000 copies sold in its 1st week. Cole also produced the entire album, and received little help from guest features or Jay-Z. Cole did it himself with no help, and that is very impressive of a young artist. Before Cole, many thought that lyricism didn’t have a place in mainstream America. However, in the Fall of 2011, Mr. Cole had the #1 album in America. Cole is good for 8.

9. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is at #9 because of J. Cole. Cole’s Sideline Story proved that lyricists are marketable in mainstream America. But for a lyricist to be profitable, people have to love the man behind the mic. Kendrick’s fans absolutely die for him. Much like Cole’s debut album, Lamar’s album will send shock waves through the industry. Expect big numbers in its first week, and expect labels to take Kendrick Lamar at number 9.

10. B.o.B

Bobby Ray can do anything. He can craft a top 40 hit, and he can rap, and people will love both. B.o.B is the most versatile artist in hip-hop. Most importantly, he can adapt to any environment and succeed. Every team needs a guy that can play every position.

Who would be your first pick?

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Comments

114 Responses to “2012 Rap Draft”

  1. MikeB on May 8th, 2012 4:34 am

    j. cole and kendrick lamar should be in front of lil wayne.. lil wayne is losing it.. everything he talks about we’ve heard before from him!! its getting old. make way for upcoming stars like j.cole and kendrick!!!!!

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    Shabang Reply:

    Yeah, but Wayne will sell more at the end of the day.

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  2. X on May 8th, 2012 4:37 am

    Eminem, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Kanye West, Pusha T, Ab Liva, Professor Green, J Cole.

    Pretty sure my teams got this hands down.

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    onez Reply:

    @X, lyrically yes. but label execs want to sell records, and only few (Em, West, and Cole) are marketable. prove to this is budden, 5’9, and ortiz have not made it big (ie mainstream).

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  3. MMM on May 8th, 2012 4:46 am

    why is wayne 6? you must really not just like him cause last time i checked the boy out sold jay and kanye in his one solo album with the both of them teaming up during a time where he was considered falling off.. yeah….fuck what hes wearing, nobody gives a fuck. i got wayne at 2 drake at 3 kayne at 4

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    Apollo Reply:

    Wayne’s albums have not sold anywhere near as much as Kanye’s old albums. Hater stop hating.

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    hmmm Reply:

    @Apollo, so you’re saying that the carter 3 chart topping at 1.5million ever sold isn’t better than kanye’s old albums? let’s not forget that that is still the highest rap album ever sold, eminem is #2 now, Carter 3, 1.5 million copies, Marshall Mathers LP 1.4 million copies.. get your facts together kiddo (:

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  4. Riggs on May 8th, 2012 4:52 am

    Eminem, Kanye West, Kendrick, J Cole, Meek Millz, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Jay-z, Drake, Joe Budden

    I tried to give it a spin and have a bit of everything

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  5. Mr. A on May 8th, 2012 4:52 am

    Nas, J. Cole, Logic, Eminem, Royce Da 5’9, Crooked I, Wale, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Game

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    bigpac Reply:

    @Mr. A, Yes

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  6. mikey on May 8th, 2012 4:54 am

    Why put wayne on the list if you just criticized everything about him. At least write something good that hes had the highest first weeks of all time and can make the most money… My only dissagreement

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    MMG Reply:

    @mikey, actually eminemHas highest first week sales. For marshall mathers lp and eminem show and encore he’s sold 1.78, 1.3 and 1.1 million first week respectively more than any lil wayne album. Come to think of it eminems lowest selling album (relapse) sold more than waynes highest selling album(C3) overall sales.

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    mikey Reply:

    @MMG, yea i understand that but waynes right after that, and wasnt talking about overall

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    Zaree7214 Reply:

    @mikey, agreed

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  7. Nick on May 8th, 2012 4:54 am

    Eminem
    Kanye West
    Slaughterhouse (A rap group counts as one in my opinion)
    Kendrick Lamar
    B.o.B
    Pusha T
    J Cole
    Asher Roth
    Kid Cudi
    Sammy Adams

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  8. Adamtheserendpitist on May 8th, 2012 5:01 am

    “Jay z is good but eminenm is on another level”

    …uhhhh

    Wwwaaaaaaaaaaat

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    kay Reply:

    @Adamtheserendpitist, “em killed u on ur own shit” – nas. Eminem is on another level in terms of sales. That is a fact, no opinion, just fact.
    Sales (Domestic)
    Jay-Z: $31.3 million
    Eminem: $48.47 million

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    @dcmkingtrilla Reply:

    YES YES #Facts

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  9. marc on May 8th, 2012 5:03 am

    Drake, Tyga, Wale, Rick Ross, J Cole, BoB, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj.

    That is my team !

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    Dre P. Reply:

    @marc,

    ^haha this guy. tyga 2? lmao you are a disgrace.

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  10. gay on May 8th, 2012 5:04 am

    Whay is everyone on eminems dick@MikeB,

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  11. waddell on May 8th, 2012 5:06 am

    I’m going with kanye first he is a great producer and rapper I know he will put put hits and sell records then Kendrick Lamar, he is young new talent that will get the young crowd, then Ross,j.Cole, jzay,eminem then chip that ripper

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  12. bigpac on May 8th, 2012 5:06 am

    “Jay-Z is good, but Eminem is on another level.”

    …uhhhhh

    wwwhuuuuuut

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  13. Brian hill on May 8th, 2012 5:10 am

    1.eminem, 2. Joell Ortiz, 3. Jayz, 4. Kanye west, 5. Lil Wayne, 6. Drake, 7. Big Sean, 8. Rick Ross, 9.tpain 10. Nicki

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  14. Listen To Charlie on May 8th, 2012 5:12 am

    01.EMINEM.
    02.Drake.
    03.Mac Miller.
    04.B.o.B.
    05.Dee-1.
    06.Kendrick Lamar.
    07Joell Ortiz.
    08.Yelawolf,
    09.J. Cole.
    10.Joe Budden.

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    Listen To Charlie Reply:

    @Listen To Charlie,

    BONUS: -Kid Cudi, -Snoop Dogg, -Wiz Khalifa.

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  15. really? on May 8th, 2012 5:18 am

    where is Tech N9ne? he should be #6, not rick loss.

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    joe Reply:

    @really?, tech n9ne is one of the best rappers out there i also think he should of been top 5

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  16. Y'all dumb on May 8th, 2012 5:31 am

    1. J. Cole
    2. Drake
    3. Kendrick Lamar
    4. Jay Z
    5. Wiz Khalifa
    6. Meek Mill
    7. Jay Z
    8. Kanye West
    9. Eminem
    10. Wale
    Young talents should be taken first

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    JWADE22 Reply:

    @Y’all dumb, Like that list but wiz has to come off!

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    kay Reply:

    @Y’all dumb, ok so u think drake, wiz, meek mill would sell more than eminem? btw jay z is there twice

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    Dre P. Reply:

    @kay,
    shows you the dumb one

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  17. yeah buddy on May 8th, 2012 5:36 am

    If doing it like how an NFL team would do it, draft players to win, so this would be draft artists to sell then it would be

    1..eminem
    2…Wayne
    3…jay z
    4…Dr dre (his shit will sell if detox is ever released)
    5..drake
    6…b.o.b
    7…j Cole (personally not a fan but he is hot right now and if having a draft now would be time to be on peoples radar)
    8..Kanye
    9…Mgk (he is hot right now and on peoples radar
    10…2 chainz (again not a fan but is flavor of the month)

    Tpain could of been in there since you put him on hook and its gonna sell. And slaughterhouse would be in there but they don’t have any mainstreem success yet.

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  18. Mark on May 8th, 2012 5:39 am

    Kendrick Lamar, Ab-soul, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Los, Wale, Logic, Fashawn, Emilo Rojas, Evidence, Jon Connor, Rockie Fresh, Black Cobain & Big K.R.I.T.

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    dazzer6 Reply:

    @Mark, you really no what your talkin about fella!!! about time i saw KINGLOS, jon connor andemilio rojas on ther they are the future!! lyrically not many can match them

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  19. magruder on May 8th, 2012 5:41 am

    i like the list… but mine would be….

    1. Jay-Z(Most #1 albums)

    2. Eminem (He has great album sales but you have to remember he as a whole different fan base than any other rapper)

    3. Kanye West (Great rapper and producer. Could bring in more money than #4)

    4. Drake (Best member in YMCMB)

    5. Nicki Minaj (When she not on dat bullshit she is a gifted rapper)

    6. Rick Ross (makes good music and very marketable)

    7. J. Cole (Great Rapper and decent producer)

    8. Kendrick Lamar (Best rapper on the West Coast)

    9. Lil Wayne (his recent verse has been ass but has done great things in the past so u could take a shot at em)

    10. 2 Chainz (Not The best rapper but is very marketable and everybody wants a verse from him right now which means more money for his record label)

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  20. Jeezuz on May 8th, 2012 6:05 am

    its not bout lyrical or anything . Its bout sellin records and im sure EM would out-sell anyone on that list , he got mad dick-riders lol

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  21. MosDef on May 8th, 2012 6:09 am

    More shit about popularity and records haha If its about that Teebow my number 1 pick forsure! lol He can sell tickets

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  22. jim on May 8th, 2012 6:18 am

    What about age? shouldnt that play a factor? I feel like Kendrick Lamar has alot of good years ahead of him, while rappers like Wayne, Jay-Z, and Eminem are on the decline

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    Listen To Charlie Reply:

    @jim,

    EMINEM on the decline?
    Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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    kronos80 Reply:

    @jim, YOU ARE FUCKIN LOCO!
    WHAT POSSESSED YOU TO SAY SOME SHIT LIKE THAT?!

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  23. Jordan on May 8th, 2012 6:40 am

    Drake is a terrible excuse for a rapper. Get him off here.

    1) Eminem -
    2) Kanye West – he’s not as hated as people think. only the media and stuck up people don’t like him
    3) Wiz Khalifa
    4) Jay-Z
    5) Pusha T
    6) Fabolous
    7) Kendrick Lamar
    8) Wale
    9) Kid Cudi
    10) Lil Wayne

    more: Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross,

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    Curt Reply:

    @Jordan, Wiz Khalifa ahead of Jay?

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  24. JJJJJJ on May 8th, 2012 6:42 am

    Whoever has Drake or Mac Miller on their lists are fucking dumb. These jews are fucking up the game.

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    Jeezuz Reply:

    @JJJJJJ, and youre so racist , go back in your mom’s vag , son .

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    swagg Reply:

    @Jeezuz, being jewish isn’t a race..

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    Jeezuz Reply:

    @swagg, youre prolly dumb

    swagg Reply:

    @Jeezuz, how am i dumb? go look it up.
    a race is being black, white, asian, etc…
    being jewish is purely a religion and nothing more. you can choose to be jewish, catholic, or whoever religion u want to. you can not pick what race you are.
    you are quite ignorant

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    AC Reply:

    @Jeezuz, anti semitic is the term you’re lookin for.

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  25. Oscar Carrillo on May 8th, 2012 7:10 am

    Since I’m West Coast to the heart it be heavily influenced by the West. It be Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Ice Cube, Game, WC, Too $hort, Terrace Martin, Tha Dogg Pound, Problem, Nipsey Hussle, Warren G, Kokane, Butch Cassidy, Kendrick Lamar, Bishop Lamont & Suga Free. Others be Nas, Common, Method Man & Redman. Most new rappers are wack now. Rap music has watered down big time.

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  26. Max g on May 8th, 2012 7:20 am

    TECH N9NEEE !!

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  27. Alonso on May 8th, 2012 7:34 am

    Alright make room for my team
    1. Drake
    2. Mac Miller
    3. Eminem
    4. Lil Wayne
    5. Kanye West
    6. Jay-Z
    7. Tyga
    8. Kid Cudi
    9. Prince Sole (check him out he has lots of pontential)
    10. Nicki Minaj

    feel free to let me know what you think

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    Curt Reply:

    you must really like mac miller haha

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  28. Chris zZ on May 8th, 2012 8:09 am

    1-Jay z
    2-Kanye west
    3-Drake
    4-j.cole
    5-

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    kronos80 Reply:

    @Chris zZ, where’s slim shady huh?

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  29. cheetos on May 8th, 2012 8:35 am

    1.Eminem
    2.Jay-Z
    3.Nas
    4.Kanye West
    5.J.Cole
    6.Wale
    7.Fab
    8.Joe Budden
    9.Joell Ortiz
    10.Jadakiss

    there some others i would add. I didn’t put wayne cause i honestly feel he fell off. and as for drake, i don’t see him as a rapper. my opinion though.

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  30. Jeezuz on May 8th, 2012 8:40 am

    @jim, decline? Lmao
    does age affect rap? No. tech n9ne is like 50 and is still goin ham , to the point your in love w. the rap game you can actually rap or sell tickets..age doesnt matter , but fans mainly ladies do look up for that age cuz the want dick or else its kool

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    jim Reply:

    @Jeezuz, Tech N9e is 40 and still coming out with a shit load of music…Ur right age has nothing to do with rapping ability but guys like Eminem and Jay-Z? their best years are long gone…they could still sell bc they are legends, but they dont come out with nearly as much music anymore. Kendrick Lamar’s debut album hasn’t even dropped yet and he’s already built a decent following on his own through TDE.

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    Jeezuz Reply:

    @jim, totally agree w. that but still its bout sellin records and im sure half of the united states wouldnt know who lamar is , so he wont sell..he’s a lyrical genius doe prolly the next jay z

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  31. Jeezuz on May 8th, 2012 8:43 am

    damn people are hatin on drake just cause he’s from some other country , outselling rappers from their country and gettin chicks too ha .

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    Mattyice Reply:

    @Jeezuz, Your gay

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    Jeezuz Reply:

    @Mattyice, haha tryna act thug on a blog website? Really bro?

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  32. Curt on May 8th, 2012 8:48 am

    1. Em 2. Jay 3. Tech N9ne 4. Kanye 5. Lupe Fiasco 6. Andre 3000 8. Kendrick Lamar 9. Kid Cudi 10. Big Boi

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  33. Jorge on May 8th, 2012 11:30 am

    Kanye or Em are 1 & 2 in either way. Jay 3 and drake 4. 5 is hard. But kanye should be the best pick cause he sells, respected, make the best music, produces, gets most press, and wins Grammys! He’s not that much hated. And the critics love his music.

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  34. tune on May 8th, 2012 12:46 pm

    where is meek mill???meek mill is a top 7

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  35. Tom on May 8th, 2012 1:05 pm

    Yeller?

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  36. JWADE22 on May 8th, 2012 1:25 pm

    J.Cole has to be in the top 5!

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  37. Zaree7214 on May 8th, 2012 1:27 pm

    get J cole off the list and im fucking with it.

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  38. no on May 8th, 2012 1:59 pm

    people this article is about record sales & image, not ’bout skills…
    switch nicki with Lil Wayne, last time I checked his last album went platinum while Nicki’s sophomore album(only her 2nd) didn’t do shit, she’ll be falling off soon enough-> just replace her by Wiz Khalifa
    His next album will definitely go gold, stoner movie coming up, buddies with Snoop. How much media attention can a label ask for?

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  39. Mattyice on May 8th, 2012 3:32 pm

    List is different depending on selling albums or lyrically gifted

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  40. KaRd on May 8th, 2012 3:35 pm

    B.O.B is da best

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  41. joe on May 8th, 2012 3:41 pm

    where the hell is tech n9ne he is way better than most them rappers on that list

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  42. swagg on May 8th, 2012 4:14 pm

    you said wayne is higher then ross because he can out sell him and out rao him…he out sold every rapper in the game and he puts out more music then anyone else…shouldnt that mean he should be number 1?
    1.) Wayne
    2.) Eminem
    3.) Drake
    4.) Meek Mill
    5.) Kendrick Lamar
    6.) Fabolous
    7.) Kanye
    8.) Jay
    9.) Big Sean
    10.) Wale

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    Listen To Charlie Reply:

    @swagg,

    Quality over Quantity.

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    swagg Reply:

    @Listen To Charlie, if his quality isn’t better then everyone else why does he sell more? why is his “quantity” higher then everyone?

    also, everyone is going to have a different opinion about who is better then who and who is the best…therefore you have to look at who has the best statistics, and thats lil wayne. he does more then anyone else and he sells more then everyone else.
    its similar to sports, everyone has different opinions of who’s the best player in the league, the best player every and what the best team is…the yankees are considered the best team ever because they have the most rings (statistics)
    lebron isn’t better then jordan because jordan has more rings (statistics)
    you have to look at statistics and judge who is the best

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  43. Hunter on May 8th, 2012 4:19 pm

    Go take a look at Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 2 downloads.. Most ever for any mixtape on Datpiff. He’s 23, MMG has massive hype built up for him. Translation: I’d take him over Lamar or B.o.B.

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  44. Boii on May 8th, 2012 5:37 pm

    This man put B.o.B. before Meek Mill, Wale, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, The Game, Fabolous, French Montana, Push, A$AP Rocky, smfh

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  45. Cuzzy stino on May 8th, 2012 6:41 pm

    Curren$y ppl.

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  46. Eric on May 8th, 2012 6:43 pm

    1) Eminem
    2) Jay Z
    3) Andre 3000
    4) LL Cool J
    5) Drake
    6) Nas
    7) Rick Ross
    8) Lil Wayne
    9) Kanye West
    10) J Cole

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  47. kronos80 on May 8th, 2012 7:09 pm

    The reason em is ahead of all of them is because he has sold more records, won more grammys, and has a whole different type of subject in his rap. HE IS A LYRICAL GODDDD!

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  48. Brennan on May 8th, 2012 7:11 pm

    Kanye
    Drake
    Eminem
    Jay-z
    J Cole
    LIl Wayne
    Big Sean
    Wale
    Meek MIllz
    Rick Ross

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    Brennan Reply:

    Oh, damn. Forgot Kendrick. Meant for him to be 10.

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  49. Drew on May 8th, 2012 7:18 pm

    1. Eminem
    2. Chamillionaire
    3. B.o.B
    4. T.I.
    5. Tech N9ne
    6. Hopsin
    7. Game
    And that’s it for me don’t like then go f$&k yourself

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  50. dazzer6 on May 8th, 2012 7:25 pm

    i think you got this wrong, the nfl top drafts are never the biggest names ther the youngish stars with future that have the real talent, ya need to be lookin at people like LOS (best rapper alive), hopsin, tory lanez, kendrick, meek mill, mac miller, school boy, jon connor, don trip, even chiddy bang with the right label behind him so many well rounded talented young rappers coming through

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    DeSoTBX Reply:

    @dazzer6, Tory Lanez got skill……I’d like to see him come up soon!!!

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  51. Define on May 8th, 2012 7:27 pm

    There should be a Rap Draft pick for LYRICAL TALENT..
    In football they draft people because they are talented..
    Not because theyll sell tickets..You dont see em hiring a backflipping acrobat
    player that can do put on a show while makin his way to the endzone..

    “Fuck record sales and who the machine markets best.”
    With that said..

    Joe Budden
    Joell Ortiz
    Royce
    Crooked
    Eminem
    Yelawolf
    ..Just keep Shady Records a team..
    I.D.G.A.F… thats the end of all battles there..

    Jay Z is only around cuz theres a “prestige” about him.
    Anyone from Shady can take anyone else in the game..
    And if they marketed “talent” and well put together music..
    We wouldnt need to listen to these snappy beats with crappy lyrics.
    Its about delivery, emotion, projection..pain..coming out on top of all the bullshit..

    Machine Gun Kelly is annoying and sounds the same..on EVERY SONG.
    Same to Whack Miller…Idk how the fuck he thinks hes so good..he aint..

    B.O.B.. when he unleashes that demon inside.. and stops rappin bout Merlot and shit..

    This is stupid. Im tired of writing..
    Im not a hater..
    I just want that real shit.

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Define, I feel you on that

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    matt Reply:

    @Define, clearly u are a hater cuz u randomly started ranting about 2 rappers that were’nt a part of the coversation… whiny bitch

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  52. Define on May 8th, 2012 7:39 pm

    Take bac w hat I said about Machine Gun..
    His voice and flow sound the same alot..
    doeant do anything that sticks out really..
    but hes a good kid.
    little too cocky for no good reason though

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  53. ymcmb on May 8th, 2012 7:47 pm

    Wayne
    drake
    birdman
    tyga
    jae millz
    nicki
    mack maine
    twist
    chuckee
    gudda

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    matt Reply:

    @ymcmb, is this the denied entry list?

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  54. gay on May 8th, 2012 8:46 pm

    Fuck you eminem sucks@MosDef,

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  55. Mitch on May 8th, 2012 8:56 pm

    Emenim
    Jay – Z
    Rick Ross
    Kanye West
    Meek Millz
    Childish Gambino (Donald Glover)
    Lil Wayne
    Game
    Bun B
    Tyga

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  56. Jason on May 8th, 2012 10:03 pm

    if ur draft is based on everything- not just a person’s image and style- Wayne should be #1, not because of his MC skills, but b/c he’s brought us 2 of the biggest stars music has ever seen in Drake and Nicki. You think those 2 would exist w/o Lil Wayne…negative. Even if you say Wayne is falling off because he wears jeggings, which is beyond fuckin stupid, he is a visionary who will one day own a billion dollar record label. Yea, I’d take Lil Wayne. He’s the smartest businessman out of anyone on this list. You can rock with Shady all you want…ill be laughing to the bank as Wayne said…..L.M.A.O.

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    matt Reply:

    @Jason, based on what u just said that would make birdman the #1 draft pick because he made the record label and wayne… and we all know birdman is not #1 draft pick material…thats why what u said makes no fuckin sense

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  57. Jason on May 8th, 2012 10:05 pm

    and how the hell u put BOB on this list and not include T.I. who produced his fuckin album…and owns the record label BOB works for…

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  58. Jason on May 8th, 2012 10:18 pm

    1. Wayne (no one touched him from 05-now and he still sells millions + is CEO)
    2. Birdman/Slim (they’re brothers so they count together and are the masterminds behind YMCMB)
    3. Diddy
    4. Eminem
    5. Jay-Z
    6. Dr. Dre
    7. Usher (he owns Justin Beiber and is making fuckin bank)
    8. Justin Beiber (fuck it, he raps now + outsells everyone)
    9. T.I.
    10. Kanye

    that list will make you the most money which was the whole point of this correct? you want best rappers, that’ll be a diff list.

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    matt Reply:

    @Jason, the title says “RAP” in bold…birdman,diddy,usher,and justin beiber all should’nt even be valid for this list

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  59. Mike on May 8th, 2012 11:18 pm

    you should’ve put nas on this list

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  60. ShawnyBoy on May 9th, 2012 12:09 am

    In lyrics, Kendrick ruins everyone else’s careers.

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  61. d on May 9th, 2012 12:11 am

    Eminem is gay

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  62. BEST RECORD LABEL on May 9th, 2012 12:49 am

    ATTENTION PEOPLE, THE REAL LIST HERE
    These are the only ones u need if ur a record label nd like it or not, it’s the truth
    1. Eminem – highest sales of all time, no questions asked
    2. Drake – sold 700,000 without Birdman first week nd can only go up
    3. Lil Wayne – to all the people that hate him, like it or not, he sells by the ton nd proved by having the highest selling album for 2 yrs in his career…u would rather have him on ur team than not
    4. As much as i hate saying this, Kanye West looks weak right now. Watch the Throne sold less than both than the YMCMB boys nd it was a combined album with JAY-Z! I have him ahead because he has consistently sold more than Jigga in recent years.
    5. Finally Jay-Z. He has consistently put out #1 albums nd off the top of my head, i think all of them have been platinum + with these new 360 record deals, i would be making money off of his other business ventures. He is last because just like Kanye, they are no longer the biggest in the game and their record sales have declined.
    Feel free to share ur opinion on this :)

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  63. The Royal One on May 9th, 2012 12:57 am

    Man I don’t even need 10 draft picks with the lame ass emo rappers of today’s time. I’ll take Eminem and Jay-z and trade my other picks for some old school soul and R&B singers. Matter of fact I’ll take some pop singers over a lot of these rappers out at” this moment”.

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  64. K1NG on May 9th, 2012 2:57 am

    1- Eminem: look at his fan base, his sales, & his lyrical ability….enough said
    2- Wayne: again album sales Carter 3 sold 1,005,545 copies in its first week, I Am Not A Human Being had 110,000 downloads its 1st week & following its physical release, it featured an increase in sales and topped the chart, becoming Lil Wayne’s second US number-one album and the first studio album since Tupac Shakur’s “Me Against the World” in 1995 to reach the top slot on the Billboard 200 while its artist was jailed, Carter 4 on November 16, 2011, the album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of two million copies in the United States, as of February 2012, the album has sold 3.5 million copies worldwide, & if he went back to the Carter 3 type of rap he wuld b a beast….again
    3- Kanye: good rapper, dope producer, & gets a lot of media attention (negative & positive)
    4- Drake: he’s wat the people listen to these days, he can sell & will make money
    5- Wale: dope lyricist, he has talent, u culd use him to prove to people that sum artists still care bout lyrics
    6- Meek Mill: on its release “Dreamchasers 2″ knocked the internet’s biggest mixtape site offline under the strain of 1.5 million clicks in little over 5 hours, people like his music, he will sell if u promote his music the right way
    7- JayZ: his name is already known thru out the rap game, & it’s bout sales & how much money they can rake in for u….he’s a fuckin business man he will bring the money to the table, & if he’s not already then he’s a soon to b legend in the game
    8- T.I.: dope rapper, pretty much everyone has heard about him due to his arrest(s), he has his own television show so that means he’s more exposed to the people from the media
    9- Usher: he signed one of the biggest names in the music industry so he has an eye for talent & will help u bring in new talent that people will want to hear, more sales = more money & he is a talented artist himself
    10- J. Cole: he’s a lyrical story teller (like NaS, Pac, & Slick Rick) he has a future in this game, his album Cole World: The Sideline Story debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with 218,000 units sold in the first-week following its release,
    those r my draft picks. u may have ur arguments but look at the facts not the opinions, look at the album sales, its about who will rake in the most dough for ur label

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  65. T-HOT on May 9th, 2012 3:25 pm

    1.LIL B
    2. LIL B
    3. LIL B
    4. LIL B
    5. LIL B
    6. LIL B
    7. LIL B
    8. LIL B
    9. LIL B
    10. BASED GOD
    SWAG

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  66. jules on May 9th, 2012 6:35 pm

    totally agree with the rankings, KHH
    …but, what’s with Wiz Khalifa & Nas?
    They should be around!
    (And A$AP Rocky as a newcomer like Kendrick Lamar, too)

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  67. d on May 10th, 2012 4:23 am

    Eminem sucks@BEST RECORD LABEL,

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  68. @dcmkingtrilla on May 10th, 2012 5:53 pm

    1. Slim Shady (Best Alive In Every Category)
    2. Jigga ( Most Number 1 Albums “Now He’s On The Beatles Ass”)
    3. Kanye West (Genius, intriguing)
    4. Drake (Commercial God)
    5. Wayne (Not The Same No More But Record Sales)
    6. Jeezy (Hood Politics Will Always Prevail With This Man)
    7. Ross(Hottest In The Game Right Now)
    8. J Cole(Potential Is Threw The Roof)
    9. Meek Milly (Racked Up Racked Down!)
    10. T.i. (He Will Be Back To His Paper Trail Shit Soon)

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  69. Tony on May 11th, 2012 12:56 am

    This is the stupidest shit i’ve seen in my life. Lil Wayne and Nicki over J Cole and Kendrick Lamar?! You’re out of your fuckin mind….heres the real list:

    1) Jay-Z
    2) Eminem
    3) Kanye West
    4) Drake
    5) Kendrick Lamar
    6) J Cole
    7) Lil Wayne
    8) Nicki Minaj
    9) Rick Ross
    10) Big Sean/Meek Mill/ or Wale

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  70. Bane on May 11th, 2012 6:47 pm

    1-Eminem
    2-Slaughterhouse
    3-Snoop Dogg
    4-Yelawolf
    5-Dr.Dre
    6-The Game
    7-T.I.
    8-Drake(not a fan but he is popular no)
    9-Nicki Minaj
    10-Tyga(again not a fan but he popular 2)
    Also by singing eminem and slaughterhouse ur gettin Bad Meets Evil in there 2 and they are an amazing rap duo

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  71. RoCC on June 1st, 2012 3:41 am

    A lot of these lists are fucked first of all yall fucks that don’t have wayne or drake on your list your smoking some good shit that dmx shit all bias weezy gay drake soft as shit comments aside sales don’t lie isn’t it the legend hov himself who said men lie women lie but numbers don’t? Well according to numbers since this draft is about labels and labels really mostly just care about how much money you making them and majority or a good chunk of that is through your albums check the numbers on sales just in the first week

    Lil Wayne- Tha Carter IV- 964,000
    Jay-Z And Kanye West- Watch The Throne-436,079
    Drake- Take Care- 631,466

    Just saying and if we are supposedly being realistic and taking age into account drake and wayne are alot younger than jay-z and stand to this for awhile just like jay z and i am hov all day. Though i do agree wayne lyrics have fell off he has not fell off or everyone else just doesn’t care and he still selling more than anybody.

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  72. DeSoTBX on June 14th, 2012 11:17 pm

    1. EMINEM
    2.Joe Budden
    3. Styles P
    4. meek mill
    5. Joell Ortiz
    6. J Cole
    7. Krews
    8. T.I.
    9. The weeknd
    10.Deso

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  73. huey on June 20th, 2012 1:31 am

    1. Eminem
    2. Tech n9ne
    3. Slaughterhouse
    4. Krizz kaliko
    5. Kutt calhoun
    6. Yelawolf
    7. Stevie Stone
    8. Prozak
    9. Rittz
    10. ¡Mayday!

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  74. deitiy on December 7th, 2012 1:08 pm

    this guy made the worst list ever with the rappers who fucked up main stream rap completely

    My list
    1.big L
    2.rakim
    3.tupac
    4.diabolic
    5.big pun
    6.nas
    7.guru
    8.immortal technique
    9.q-tip
    10.chuck d

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