The Source: Top 50 Lyricists [Magazine Scans]

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The Source: Top 50 Lyricists

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July 4th, 2012
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50.50 Cent
49.Lupe Fiasco
48.Royce Da 5'9
47.Styles P
46.Rick Ross
45.Lil Kim
44.Canibus
43.DMX
42.Ludacris
41.Fabolous
40.T.I.
39.Prodigy
38.Posdnous(De La Soul)
37.Busta Rhymes
36.Lil Wayne
35.Bun B
34.Black Thought
33.Method Man
32.GZA
31.Kanye West
30.Guru
29.Snoop Dogg
28.Talib Kweli
27.Pharoahe Monch
26.Big L
25.Queen Latifah
24.Jadakiss
23.Mos Def
22.Common
21.Redman
20.Q-Tip
19.Big Pun
18.Kool G. Rap
17.The D.O.C.
16.Scarface
15.Slick Rick
14.Ice Cube
13.Andre 3000
12.Chuck D
11.LL Cool J
10.Melle Mel
9.Lauryn Hill
8.Big Daddy Kane
7.Krs-One
6.Eminem
5.2Pac
4.Jay-Z
3.Biggie
2.Nas
1.Rakim

July 4th, 2012
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Very surprised they didn’t have Ghostface Killah, Raekwon or AZ on this list.

I think 2pac (ranked 5th) is too high, same goes for Kanye West (ranked 31st).

I think Kool G Raps deserves to be ranked higher, IMO he krs 1 and Rakim were the originators of the true lyricist.

July 4th, 2012
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I hate how people think that great rhyme schemes equals a great lyricist.

No J-Live, no Gift of Gab, I think they’ve could of included Opio

July 4th, 2012
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Rick Ross, Lil Kim, Ludacris(I love Luda, but still) Lil Wayne all ranked above MCs like Lupe Fiasco or Royce Da 5'9"??? GTFOH. Some of this list I agree with(Rakim should definitely be #1, pretty obvious)some of this list is Complex-like.

July 4th, 2012

lupe is too low imo

July 4th, 2012
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Rick Ross being on this list damn near takes credibility from it, hell Kendrick Lamar ain’t been in the game that long; and he’s 125x the lyricist Rozay could ever be.

July 4th, 2012

Biggie is too high honestly.

July 4th, 2012
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Lupe is definetly too low. He earned better than 49

July 4th, 2012

Lupe is too high. He’s better than most of the current rappers below him.

July 4th, 2012
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^In this case ‘high’ would be a lower number. Honestly I think Biggie and 2Pac were both too high as far as lyricism goes. Busta Rhymes can spit, but he doesn’t have much lyricism.. Um it’s not even worth explaining. This list is wack.

July 4th, 2012

I was just surprised that LiL Wayne made it!

July 4th, 2012
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List is terrible. The stop 20 is frozen in the 90s. The bottom 10 is just them attempting to through popular more recent rappers in there.

July 4th, 2012
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Bottom line: They fucked up.

July 4th, 2012

Why is Lupe so low? What’s up with these lists? I’m very confused by it. Im very confused by the whole thing, in fact if I’m being completely honest I don’t understand any of it.

July 4th, 2012