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Rolling Stone Magazine Introduced Eminem As ‘King Of Hip-Hop’

August 15, 2011 · Posted in Business, interview, lists, Music, news, reviews · 71 Comments 

Rolling Stone Magazine have infamously been known to create titles for people who have reached a peak of success. It seemed like this time around it was Hip-Hop’s turn to make its crown.

“Now more than three decades old as a recorded medium, hip-hop is deeply embedded in popular culture – to the point where its stars seem not only larger than life but also, as Rick Ross once put it, “deeper than rap.” But even as they sell out arenas and top the pop charts, rappers still court the respect and esteem of their hip-hop peers. The title King of Hip-Hop still means something. In that spirit, just as we did in June with the Queen of Pop, we’ve crunched a pile of data to try to determine who is the current King of Hip-Hop.”

The article Rolling Stone wrote seemed very long and just jabber mouthing, so I took the time to try to make this sound as simple and easy to read just for our KillerHipHop fans. Check after the jump how Eminem was crowned, ‘King Of Hip-Hop’.

The way Rolling Stone did it is that they gathered as much data as possible from the top 20 rappers they believed was in control of the Hip-Hop game. They first started off with Album Sales.


These were the albums sales of their last solo album they’ve made. So for Eminem it would be “Recovery”, for Drake it would be “Thank Me Later” and for Rick Ross it would be “Teflon Don” and etc.

Now let’s turn to their radio-singles of Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop & Rap Charts.



Now it seems like Mr. Aubrey Graham took this ballot by beating his successor by a couple hundred points. This success in Billboard was granted to Drake because of his hit singles off of “Take Care”, but the album sales weren’t as high as Eminem, Weezy, and Hova.

Now let’s turn to their Youtube video views

“When tallying the views racked up by our contenders’ official music videos, we were reminded of an ironclad YouTube rule: Pop rules.Of the 10 videos we tracked that were viewed more than 100 million times, nine were Top Five hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” featuring Pitbull, Katy Perry’s “E.T.” featuring Kanye West, and Jay-Z’s team-up with Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind.” (As for that 10th video, “Price Tag” by Jessie J featuring B.o.B., it topped the pop chart in Britain.)”

Self-explanitory, right? Well now let’s turn to their Touring


Seems like for Eminem & Jay-Z they were both rewarded with $7.5 million with the joint concert they had in Detroit & Yankee Stadium but their total sales were unavailable. In other hands, people love going to Lil’ Wayne concerts since he grossed at the top of the list. It’s not only tickets that are the one being counted for but also merchandise. Ladies love having Lil’ Wayne on their shirt.

Now let’s look at their Social Networking numbers


With the world going Social Networking crazy, it’s very important for celebrities, not just rappers, to have their numbers up. More numbers equal more promotion to the people. The public loves using twitter because they get to follow their idols and have a somewhat fictional relationship with that person even though they have no relationship towards one another what-so-ever. But it gives an opportunity for fans like myself to get first hand exclusives from their favorite artist, themselves. So this chart is very big in claiming who is “King Of Hip-Hop”.

Now let’s turn to their Album Reviews


I found this part of the data process very boring and irrelevant. But you can see that the staff at Rolling Stone are huge fans of Yeezy.

Now let’s turn to their final data process which is Awards


There are two very interesting facts about this chart. 1) Drake has over 40 awards but has never been able to win the most precious award of all and that’s a Grammy. With being nominated six times, he still hasn’t hit the post-award show with Grammy’s in his hands. 2) Diddy has been in the game since early 90s, but till this day he has not won not one single award. This is very shocking to me because he has led success to many careers with Bad Boy Records.

Finally as all the data charts being process, we finally have a winner.

“With his dominant album sales, YouTube views and social-media scores, Eminem takes the title as the current King of Hip-Hop. Unlike our Queen of Pop ranking, which Lady Gaga took in a walk, Marshall Mathers’s win was somewhat closer – note the fairly tight point range among our top three.”

As you can see Eminem truly deserved his recognition as “King of Hip-Hop” but with new albums coming out by Drake & Lil Wayne, T.I. being released from jail, Jay-Z & Kanye’s Watch The Throne, who knows who can take the crown next year.  Don’t forget that J. Cole is also dropping his freshman album this September, so this raises more questions on who deserves the crown. Another notable statement is that, Nicki Minaj was also voted in the top 10 range and that is a first for a female rapper. She was also nominated in the top 10 of ‘Queen of Pop’. Her success seems to keep climbing and climbing.  Hip-Hop’s future seems bright and is ready for any changes. Seems like Mr. Mathers has the throne and Hova & Yeezy has to watch that one.

What do you guys think about Rolling Stone’s decision on “King Of Hip-Hop”? 

And who would you crown as “King of Hip-Hop”? 

Leave your comments below and we’ll make sure to reply as many as possible.

Article by Eric Kidd. (Follow Me On Twitter – @EricTheKidd)

Comments

71 Responses to “Rolling Stone Magazine Introduced Eminem As ‘King Of Hip-Hop’”

  1. Geem on August 15th, 2011 11:44 pm

    Finally, Em is considerer as what he is, the King of Hip-Hop of all time.

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    truedatt Reply:

    @Geem,
    eminem deserves this coronation.glad to see overhyped emcees like nas,rakim and krs one.were never mentioned .this artists have released only two nice (not classic)albums at most yet they are heralded as the all time greats.infact their music is not transcendatal as em’s .eminem’s music transcends race,location and age the true essence of greatness.thumbs up

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  2. WESTSYDE4LYFE on August 15th, 2011 11:44 pm

    Where is THE GAME ?

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    LMH Reply:

    @WESTSYDE4LYFE,
    Too busy taking shots at the people on top of this list instead focusing on his own success.

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    MzDinaaa Reply:

    @LMH, If there was a “like” button for your comment, I’d click it.

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    HasithaHMK Reply:

    Yeah! Slim Shady deserve this ! But where is 50 CENT ?????? GAME ??? Its totally unfair ! 50 should in this list !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. @DaCaporegime on August 15th, 2011 11:53 pm

    I guess Yours Legacy dont mean nothing no more

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  4. The Key on August 15th, 2011 11:55 pm

    Definitely not all time, since I don’t see either Pac, Big , Pun or Big L on the list ..

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    Carter Reply:

    @The Key, dude give it up their time has long gone and honestly they wouldnt have sold as much as eminem did just for the fact he stands alone against a whole other race which is flooded with rappers

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  5. matty boi on August 15th, 2011 11:58 pm

    WACK!!!!! this is stupid in general thats why they have “Rappers” like diddy on this list contending for king of hip-hop. this is not a king of hip-hop list otherwise artists like nas, tech n9ne, common, pac, and biggie would be on this list… this is a “King of Mainstream Hip-Hop” list

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  6. MzDinaaa on August 16th, 2011 12:03 am

    If people would pay attention and read the facts, the way that this was calculated is right in front of your face. Don’t hate on the facts! Em clearly deserves this title. No one is comparing him to Pac and Biggie. Stop hating!

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  7. George on August 16th, 2011 12:03 am

    Eminem cool but helll noooo.. Kanye West!

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    sTRfA! Reply:

    @George, ‘Ye?! GTFOH!

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  8. Danny on August 16th, 2011 12:07 am

    Yeah i agree, Em deserves the title !!!

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  9. YMCMB fan on August 16th, 2011 12:15 am

    All of yall trippin. Lil Wayne is King of Hip Hop and Best Rapper Alive and when he retires, drake takes the throne. Tha Carter IV and Take Care!

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    WESTSYDE4LYFE Reply:

    @YMCMB fan, all of yall ? say what ? naah , lil wayne is good but isn’t best.

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    OrangeCats Reply:

    @YMCMB fan, PREACH IT!!! OVOXO TAKING THE THRONE WHILE YOU PERFORMING YOUR NEXT SHOW!! WEEZY F. BABY F IS FOR FAMOUS! OK THAT LAST ONE WAS A LIL CORNEY BUT I COULDN’T THINK OF ANYTHING LOL

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    aaron Reply:

    ye , we’re trippin??? eminem is clearly the best and has been for the last decade. get over it. eminem is true hip hop. multisyllable rhymes, compound words in every line. he is the best MC to ever hold the mic.

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    Jomm Reply:

    @aaron, Em is nothing. Rolling stone is labeling him this NOT NO ONE ELSE and certain NOT the people who truly Live HIP HOp. LIke I said, Rolling stone did not want MJ to be labeled King of POP and clearly MJ deserved that title hands down. Rolling stone is a JOKE. Rolling stone does NOT speak for HIP HOP.

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    TNT Reply:

    @aaron, Em hasn’t been hot for the last decade. He was hot early 2000 came back with Relapse after a hiatus and the fans ate it up b/c it’s him but that was recycled early 2000 disses and nonsense and even he called it “Ehhh”. Before that was Encore and half the songs are so damn childish. Recovery is dope and I am a fan but I hate when people make it seem like he’s been consistently hot since he first came on the scene. He has an amazing delivery and his flow is dope. His content however is often ridiculous and I wonder if he was ugly or more threatening in appearance if we would give him a pass on that ridiculous content. But Recovery like I said is much more refreshing to hear from someone that is mid to late thirties. He’s grown with older children no need to rap about pleasuring himself to Hannah Montana shows. No Beef though, I don’t do internet fights.

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    NIN0N Reply:

    @YMCMB fan, Weezy F Baby and the F is for FAGGOT

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    Carter Reply:

    @YMCMB fan, bro i just seen lil wayne drake and nikki in concert and i also was at the eminem comerica concert with jay-z no concert will ever compare to how amazing the eminem concert was i still listen to the live cd of it lil wayne is shit dude he’s singing now “how to love” come on get off his dick

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  10. mark on August 16th, 2011 12:39 am

    hell yeah!!! Eminem king of hip hop baby like it or not!

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  11. alex on August 16th, 2011 12:43 am

    Cole Commin Soon

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  12. JayR on August 16th, 2011 12:58 am

    Lupe below Waka? Drake above Jay & Ye? This list is bullshit and probably based on mainstream hype..

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    shabang Reply:

    @JayR,
    Yeah i agree with Em being on top. But the rest is just Bs.

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    aaron Reply:

    @shabang, if you read the article, it is based on mainstream hype via all the tallying they did you artard lol. but eminem is the best to ever touch the mic :)

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  13. OrangeCats on August 16th, 2011 1:00 am

    THIS… IS.. GONNA.. START.. SOME.. SHIT.. THAT.. I.. WANT.. NO..PART.. OF….. ROLLING STONE GIVES ME A HEADACHE. THE FANS DETERMINE WHO THE “KING” IS. WHY ARE THEY LOOKING SO DEEPLY INTO THIS. IT’S SO SIMPLE. TO FANS IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH AWARDS AND INTERNET AND ALL THAT.(WELL MAYBE BUT NOT REALLY REALLY) THAT’S THE “OTHER PEOPLES” JOBS. IF I SAID MY FAVE RAPPER WOULD YOU GUYS GET MAD? I’M NOT SAYING HE IS THE KING BUT HE IS THE REASON I DISCOVERED RAP. AND I’M NOT A EMINEM HATER. I CUM EVERY TIME I SEE THAT MANS FACE. BUT HE HAS THE MOST YOUTUBE VIEWS BECAUSE OF HIS CRAZY VIDEOS. THERE AND 2 OR 3 DIFFERENT GENERATIONS OF HIP-HIP. BUT YOU A TRUE FAN IF YOU LOOK UP OLD AND NEW AND THEN SAY YOUR OPINION.

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    Carter Reply:

    @OrangeCats, how is sales, video views, likes on social networking have nothing to do with the fans? your arguement there is ridiculous

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  14. John on August 16th, 2011 1:10 am

    your all RETARDED… this is CURRENT hip hop. not saying nas tech n9ne and commmon aren’t current.. but biggie n pac??? obviously theyre both THE best to ever do it… but this is modern everyone knows they were the best

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    aaron Reply:

    @John, no they are not

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  15. Listen on August 16th, 2011 1:30 am

    LOL kinda funny how at the end, where the votes were tallied up, the number 666 belonged to Jay Z

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  16. Ericatomars23 on August 16th, 2011 1:54 am

    Em has the title for now but Drake is coming to take it real soon. Drake was in the top five of majority of those charts and he’s barely dropping his official sophomore album. Jay Z has problem dropped the most albums, giving him the most hits for award spots. Within a few years I can promise Drake is be on top. There’s something special about that guy and as a fan I found it right away.

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    EricTheKidd Reply:

    @Ericatomars23, i can agree with that BUT WHO DO YOU GUYS THINK IS THE ‘KING OF HIP-HOP LYRICALLY’

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    LMH Reply:

    @EricTheKidd,
    From this list, I truly believe Jay and Em are the best lyricist. And I say that based on their entire body of work. They have both been rapping for a couple decades, covering many topics (effectively).

    With that being said, Drake hasn’t even reached his peek and he is already a better lyricist than most of his hip hop counterparts. He is not just a “punch-line” rapper, he’s a true storyteller. We WILL be using his lyrics as a benchmark for other rappers.

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    Carter Reply:

    @LMH, drake sings dude seen him in concert he sang say my name by destinys child lol corny ass degrassi mother fucker

    LMH Reply:

    @Carter,
    ….was there a point you were trying to make?

  17. unknown on August 16th, 2011 2:22 am

    i understand why they picked eminem, but i would still say HOVA

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    Dev Reply:

    @unknown, I agree with you. To me fans will pick Em almost everytime but I feel like for music critics and people that are into the super musical aspect of it Jay and Kanye are higher on the lists.

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    Jomm Reply:

    @Dev, SO true. Em is ok but he is NO KING.

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    Jomm Reply:

    @unknown, he is white that is why they picked him. What else is new.

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  18. MoEzz on August 16th, 2011 4:23 am

    1) This list is for the CURRENT HipHop guys, they can’t go over the entire history of rap and compare everyone.

    2) Maybe if Pac was still alive he would have achieved what Em has so far or probably more but he died before getting the chance of giving the world what Eminem has given throughout the past years.

    3) You say Lil Wayne is the king, this proves that you are dumb as fuck because Lil Wayne is a joke in front of Eminem’s lyrics. They are profound, meaningful, strong vocabulary and not about money or sex.

    4) Keep in mind that Drake and Lil Wayne have writers right most of their songs where as Em IS A WRITER.

    5) Go over the freestyle battles that each of there rappers have gone through and u’ll understand that Eminem is the BEST MC.

    6) Finally, I would like to add that Eminem puts so much energy and passion while rapping that no one else can do. He has proven to be funny, mature, a good father despite all the struggle he went through. He achieved his dream on his own and he was persistent on reaching the top. He has given the world all type of rap/hiphop songs.

    SUCK A DICK HATERS!

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    Victor Reply:

    Omg if this had a love button id click on it !!!!!

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  19. MoEzz on August 16th, 2011 4:26 am

    “FACTS”

    1) This list is for the CURRENT HipHop guys, they can’t go over the entire history of rap and compare everyone.

    2) Maybe if Pac was still alive he would have achieved what Em has so far or probably more but he died before getting the chance of giving the world what Eminem has given throughout the past years.

    3) You say Lil Wayne is the king, this proves that you are dumb because Lil Wayne is a joke in front of Eminem’s lyrics. They are profound, meaningful, strong vocabulary and not about money nor sex.

    4) Keep in mind that Drake and Lil Wayne have writers right most of their songs where as Em IS A WRITER and has written or at least been a part of each song in every album.

    5) Go over the freestyle battles that each of those rappers have gone through and u’ll understand that Eminem is the BEST MC.

    6) Finally, I would like to add that Eminem puts so much energy and passion while rapping that no one else can do. He has proven to be funny, mature, a good father despite all the struggle he went through. He achieved his dream on his own and he was persistent on reaching the top. He has given the world all type of rap/hiphop songs.

    * Best decision “Rolling Stone” has ever made.!!!!!!

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  20. .... on August 16th, 2011 4:40 am

    Em rly deserve it! he’s the man and the BRAIN! invincible dudezzzz

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  21. Royal Swagness on August 16th, 2011 4:59 am

    I’m cool with. Eminem as the Hip Hop King. His got the best lyrics, some of the best flows, isn’t always stuck on hip hops favorite topics, money, weed, & pussy, original as everything he did or does isn’t like the average artist.

    I love Em’s music & his radio channel on Sirius XM Radio, Shade 45.

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  22. Jose on August 16th, 2011 6:56 am

    i agree, Eminem is the best lyricist and best freestylist in the game now. Plus, he’s the most known rapper worldwide and that’s a fact.

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  23. stan on August 16th, 2011 7:00 am

    hands down for drizzy. a kid who has released one album is in the top 5 with people who have released 10 times more then him. i wonda in ten years time, this nigga will be ranked god. jay, em lil wayne weren’t in the top 5 with their first album.

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  24. Dale on August 16th, 2011 9:46 am

    Anyone hating on Em shoud take another look at the listed criteria. Based on that he is the King of Hip Hop, along with his lyrical skill and storytelling. If you look at it from a long term point of view Em and Jay rank the same. But shout out to Drizzy.
    Eminem has 7 albums
    Lil Wayne has 8 albums
    Kanye West 5 albums
    Jay Z has 11 albums
    Drake ranks 3rd with just 1 album…..OVOXO!!!!!

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  25. Dyyn on August 16th, 2011 9:47 am

    u dumbfuck eminem wuz on the first place with his first album and still is lolfag!!!
    and this list is only considering album sales and some twitter follows in REAL LIFE you mofos cant compare drake and wayne to eminem thats the truth ;)

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  26. Amber on August 16th, 2011 9:57 am

    I definitely agree with the outcome of this list..Out of all the rappers named, Em deserves to be on top. He’s the best lyricist, has an amazing flow and can rap about pretty much anything. Thing is they only looked at ‘today’s ‘ hiphop..which is why lots of the big names aren’t mentioned. I guess some people overlooked this fact. But all in all it’s just a list (not a great one)..don’t think Em will pay much attention to it?

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  27. amirhossssein on August 16th, 2011 12:31 pm

    they should’ve not counted B.E.T cause they’ve not nominated Em even one time during his whole career (because its for african american and sh!t)
    and no people’s choice were counted?
    they’ve got hot rap and hot r &b but no Hot 100 ?? hot 100 is the most important music chart ! and if they had counted it im sure em would be on top because of (LTWYL 8 week Not afraid 1 week on number 1)
    and whats the definition of Headlining gross ?? em was the biggest headliner of at least 4 or 5 festival during 2010 and 11 , bonnaroo , lollapalooza , V festival …. and he is the only one with 0 headlining gross?? maybe i dont know what it means! probably because im not even English and im sorry for broken English!

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  28. 999 on August 16th, 2011 2:33 pm

    this forgot drake songwriting award shit. not complete

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  29. Jomm on August 16th, 2011 3:09 pm

    This is joke. I find it funny that Rolling stone is quick to label a Whte artist ‘king” YET this was the same magazine that dissed Michael Jackson in being called the KIng of POp-and Mj was labeled this back in the 80′s by another book – and MJ was way better Elvis.

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  30. Jomm on August 16th, 2011 3:12 pm

    Sorry Eminem is not king of nothing. And Tupac was the best and King of hip hop Hip hop is culture and Eminem is not it. This is like a R &b magazines choosing who is the best in Rock in Roll. NOT.

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  31. Tathy on August 16th, 2011 5:07 pm

    Em es el Rey!!!!!!!

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  32. shady24/7 on August 16th, 2011 5:09 pm

    eminem got an oscar i cant stress how much that means guys he is the king of hip hop now and ever

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  33. SdubMM on August 16th, 2011 5:22 pm

    There’s no way Hov got exactly ’666′ points… smh.

    lmfao – that shit is gonna start a whole notha discussion…

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  34. Phanaam on August 16th, 2011 5:43 pm

    Most Yaw Who Commented Are Ignorant As Fuck, They Are Not Goin By Dead Rapper No Offense To Past G.O.A.T, (Big L, Pac, B.I.G, Pun) Yaw Needa Be Proud That Shit Someone Keepin They Legacy Alive, Don’t Forget The Eminem Some Of The Ressurection Album And Loyal To The Game Album By Pac, And The Album Sold So Its Good That He Is Givin Some Respect, He Rose Up From Battle On Stages In Detroit To Be One Of The Most Respected MCs Still Rapping!

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  35. ALEX KWONG on August 17th, 2011 12:41 am

    Definitely the best lyrical artist ! SLIMMMMMMMMMMM SHADYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  36. linguicide46 on August 17th, 2011 2:11 am

    everybody’s fighting for a throne that will never exist.. nough said.

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  37. mikey Moran on August 17th, 2011 5:24 am

    eminem is deffenitly better then all yong money made it simple as that

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  38. dean on August 17th, 2011 4:37 pm

    How are Gucci and luda even on the list? And sorry guys but jay z is the king of hip hop

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  39. Music rap on August 17th, 2011 7:53 pm

    Weezy is king of hip-hop

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  40. xavier on August 18th, 2011 3:45 am

    I agree completely the charts clearly show whoa the best even though I don’t like eminent all like that… but my question is who’s the mvp of the 2011 xxl freshman class??

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  41. Young Montana on August 18th, 2011 7:13 am

    jay and weezy.em is number 3.

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  42. TripleBlackBeauty on August 18th, 2011 5:57 pm

    Why is this list call “Hip Hop” anything… look at the list, it is pitiful!

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  43. Austin on August 19th, 2011 5:42 pm

    Drakes the best fuck you all

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  44. ariela on August 19th, 2011 7:54 pm

    EMINEMMMMMMM !!!

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  45. adeoluyb on August 23rd, 2011 12:46 am

    I don’t tink em is the hip hop king,weezy is the hip hop king.

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    yeh hu Reply:

    Lil Wayne fails.

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