The Best Rapper Alive Checklist
Too many people choose to throw “The Best Rapper Alive” title on any rapper with a hot song. “The Best Rapper Alive” title is the most coveted title in Hip Hop; it is not to be thrown around. Because music is subjective to ones perspective, we have to find a way to look at it from a neutral perspective. To crown someone the best we’ll need facts. Fans lie, blogs lie, numbers don’t. A rapper must earn “The Best Rapper Alive” title by doing more than rap. “The Best Rapper Alive” shall have at least 3 albums, must have released an album within the past 2 years, and at least 3 of his/her albums must have also debuted in the Top 10; in addition he/she must have an inarguable influence on the culture.
“The Best Rapper Alive” must have at least 3 albums, not mixtapes, albums! He/she must be battle tested, and a proven winner. Just because your favorite rapper has a hot album does not make him “The Best Rapper Alive.” Blake Griffin had a great rookie season, but would you compare him to LeBron James? Of course not. Sam Bradford also had an amazing rookie season, but no one would ever dare say he’s better than Tom Brady. You get it? No rookie deserves “The Best Rapper Alive” title. He/she must have at least 3 albums to even be mentioned in the conversation.
So your favorite rapper has more than 3 albums, but hasn’t released an album within the past 2 years. Yeah, “The Best Rapper Alive” cannot be lazy. More importantly, he/she must be relevant. Not having an album in 2 years will quickly put you at the bottom of the iTunes library. Today’s generation wants new music every month. Do you want another sports analogy? I swear music and sports are so synonymous. My San Diego-New York fam is going to hate me for this one. You wouldn’t compare LaDainian Tomlison to Chris Johnson or Adrian Peterson. Sure LT is a hall of famer. But he’s nowhere near the level he was at in 2006 when he was with the Chargers, and won the MVP by scoring 28 touchdowns with 1,815 rushing yards. Calling him the best rusher alive would be absurd. “The Best Rapper Alive” must be dropping hot music on a consistent basis. Not having an album within the past two years disqualifies you for “The Best Raper Alive” title.
In addition to putting in work at the studio on a consistent basis, “The Best Rapper Alive” shall get numbers. He/she must sell records, and must have at least 3 albums debut in the Top 10. If your favorite rapper is only selling 5,000 units in his first week, he’s probably not very good. Most of the times, if a rapper has a good album, a top 10 debut is easy to obtain. A track record is important. Therefore, I’m asking that “The Best Rapper Alive” have at least 3 albums debut in the Top 10. Consistency over time is crucial.
But the most important accomplishment that “The Best Rapper Alive” should have is an inarguable influence over the culture. Those who make history, break norms, break records, and set trends have the right to be considered the best. When I say inarguable influence, I mean inarguable in every sense of the word. So inarguable that it’s practically a fact. If a majority of the people in the culture adapt to the “The Best Rapper Alive’s” fashion, sayings, and rapping style, he or she has an inarguable influence on the culture. I cannot imagine someone considering a rapper the best alive when he/she does not have the slightest influence on the culture.
To understand “The Best Rapper Alive” checklist you have to look at it as a whole. If you look at the list paragraph by paragraph you will end up in the middle of nowhere. Comprehend that to crown somebody the best, you need to support your argument with facts. When someone says that the job market is suffering, you look at the unemployment rate for proof, you do not go ask your friends for an opinion. You look at the facts. And for all the hipsters saying, “Quez I’m never visiting KillerHipHop again, you’re completely ignoring the underground.” Well “The Best Rapper Alive” title was created by the mainstream audience for mainstream rappers. So please click the red box with the X on your top right. Yeah on your mainstream PC. Anyways, as I previously stated, “The Best Rapper Alive” MUST meet all the requirements stated above. He/she must have 3 albums, and must have released an album withing the past two years, at least 3 of his/her albums must have also debuted in the Top 10; in addition he/she must have an inarguable influence on the culture. Next time you see a stan talking reckless in the comments, for the sake of hip hop please refer them to the Best Rapper Alive Checklist.
Do you agree with this checklist? If so, who do you think is the best rapper alive?