Revision of The Source's Lyrical Leaders List.

As you may know, The Source released a not-so-cohesive list of the “50 Most Lyrical Rappers of all time” which was rather poorly done. As promulgated RapGeniuses, I’m confident we can make a much better list. Do this for the Lupes, The Lowkeys, The Kendricks, The Immortal Techniques, and the Gambinos of the game. Post your artist, give your reasoning, and vote away. Cause sometimes the people must yell to be heard. Go crazy.

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Anyone BUT:

Immortal Technique, Canibus, all other “lurrical miracle” rappers that string together words that can be found in any high school vocabulary book and pass it off as being a lyrical Mohammed.

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Eminem. You all should know why already.

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I don’t even need to think about this, Kendrick Lamar. Lyrical in his own regard, an acquired taste some would say. But Kendrick’s lyrics really make you think and you can relate, his lines are so damn pivotal, if he isn’t on your list you must be deaf.

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Lupe Fiasco — GOAT

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#1 Canibus


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Pusha T, he’s done beautiful this year on singles, and released a decent EP late 2011.

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Kanye West. He has so many styles. You cannot name on Kanye Album thats hasn’t gone platinum or considered album of the year. He constantly is able to reinvent himself and half the time he’s rapping over the average listeners head they over look him

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Nas for someone who has his longevity and remain relevant, not to mention he is a wordsmith.

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I would tend to disagree with eliminating people from the list due to the level of vocabulary as long as lines are still executed well and contain solid rhyme schemes and meanings.

The ones that really annoy me are groups like Das Racist, which through out complex rhymes, but structurally don’t make any damn sense a lot of the time.

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1 Kendrick Lamar

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Nas — Illmatic. Enough said.

Andre 3000 — Never had a bad verse.

Lupe — Failure. Most lyrically complex song ever.

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Missing artists that just jump out at me:

Jay Electronica
One Be Lo

LOL at 50 cent, Luda, Fab, TI, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Kanye, Lil Kim, Busta, Snoop, Queen Latifah, and Jay-Z being on a top lyricist list though. There’s more to call out, but those are just too laughable to bear.

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you can’t deny his flow on this one son, or lyrics

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personally, my list would go something like…

Rip The Jacker
Captain Cold Crush
Germaine Williams
Caesar Germanicus
Canibus Sateevuh
Poet Laureate
Prof. Emeritus Rip The Jacker"

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