Billboard Names Jay-Z “The Greatest rapper of all time”

Rapper Jay-Z
American Rapper Jay-Z

American rapper Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as JAY-Z has been named the greatest rapper of all time by Billboard.

The publications began rolling out their list of Top 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time last month as part of a collaborative effort to celebrate Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary this year.

After showing love to the likes of Kanye West, André 3000, Lauryn Hill, Ice Cube, Rakim, LL COOL J, and Black Thought across its No. 50 to No. 11 picks, Billboard and VIBE unveiled their final 10 selections on Wednesday (February 8).

Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Lil Wayne, and The Notorious B.I.G. were ranked No. 10 to No. 6, in that order, while Eminem, 2Pac, Nas, and Kendrick Lamar occupied the No. 5 to No. 2 slots.

But coming in at No. 1 on the list was an MC who is no stranger to being hailed as the greatest rapper of all time: JAY-Z.

Billboard argued its case by citing Hov’s commercial success, critical acclaim, cultural impact, and entrepreneurial greatness, along with his “regal-scented rhymes that speak to the struggle.”

Aside from his 24 Grammy Awards, 14 No. 1 albums, and 140 million record sales, it’s Jigga’s “longevity, the breadth of his accomplishments, and what he’s meant to Hip Hop from a musical, cultural and financial standpoint for the last three decades” that make him the G.O.A.T., according to the publication.

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