Complex Lists The Best Rapper Alive, Annually, From 1979 To Today

What ya think about this list?

image is known for their attention-grabbing headlines and over-the-top content, but this is neither.

Compiled by numerous contributors, this list tackles the almighty question of which rapper is the best, and adds a little science. The ending result is a thorough breakdown of each year, complete with its champion and all the major players of honorable mention.

It’s a bit lengthy, but a recommended read for rap fiends and Hip Hop heads regardless of age. Shout outs to Ice Cube, Snoop Doggy, and Kendrick Lamar for holding the West coast down (Tupac is from New York). And for the sake of discussion, I’ve stripped the list down to its skeleton:

1979 Grandmaster Caz
1980 Kurtis Blow
1981 Kool Moe Dee
1982 Melle Mel
1983 Run
1984 Run
1985 LL Cool J
1986 KRS-ONE
1987 Rakim
1988 Slick Rick
1989 Big Daddy Kane
1990 Ice Cube
1991 Q-Tip
1992 Redman

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The Wack Rap Map: America’s Favorite Wack Rappers (According To Facebook)

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Let’s be clear; there are a lot of rappers. Judging by my findings, there are literally thousands of dudes (and ladies) on the Internet chasing their dream of becoming a popular, successful rap star. You probably know someone that is currently devoting their energies into tapping into the seemingly endless resource that rap music has become. Hell, it’s like America’s #1 export. In fact, a study recently done shows rap music as the most influential genre of music over the last 40 or so years.

I’ve noticed an influx of sites doing bracket-like competitions to whittle rap artists and albums down to the best ones, respectively. Most recently, Mobb Deep’s The Infamous won as the hardest rap album of all time via PassionOfTheWeiss and I’m totally fine with that.

The task of finding “the best” of anything is undoubtedly arduous, even if it is decided by a voting system. Opinion…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Proves There Will Be Black People In Future Space

😢 when I watched this

Show me the person uninterested in this movie so I can call him a “terrorist.”

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If Tupac Is Alive It’s Because We Won’t Let Him Die


Beyond the shadows of any comparable doubt; Tupac Amaru Shakur is a legend.

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Throwback Thursday: “Disorderlies” Starring The Fat Boys: A Classic Hip Hop Movie [STREAM]


You don’t hear much about the Fat Boys anymore. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I heard a Fat Boys song on the radio.

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Quickies: 5 Jobs Your Smartphone Took From Actual Humans


Technology’s purpose is to improve the quality of life of those that benefit from it.

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In Honor Of Black History Month: A Shout Out To Winston Zeddemore, The Black Ghostbuster

“If there’s a steady paycheck in it, I’ll believe anything you say.”


Words by Tony Grands

Winston Zeddemore (played by Ernie Hudson) wasn’t a scientist or a doctor like Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Peter Venkman.

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In Honor of Black History Month: Maybe It’s Time To Retire “The ‘Itis”


Words by Tony Grands

The other day at work, I noticed a pack of my younger coworkers coming in from their lunch hour, giggling and laughing and talking about how tired they were after their meal.

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LC – The Beginning – with production from Circa 94 Beats – Out Now!!!


#lookwhatwegotinthemailtoday shout out to LC @thatguylc for letting @circa94beats produce half of this EP!!! Get you own copy of #thebeginning now @

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CHECK OUT THIS NEW ALBUM with 3 tracks produced by @Circa94Beats (Born with the Boom Bap)Reasons Why (featuring Ray Curenton & Tim Dillinger) and Tragedy )


The Beginning is a bold statement from a rising talent in the world of hip-hop. LC captures the spirit of the philosophical waxings of his heroes (Atmosphere, Action Bronson) and blends them with his own stories of coming of age. Tackling tales of addiction, loss and home, his rhymes are spit over a musical foundation rooted in hip-hop, R&B and jazz. Produced by Circa 94 Beats, Paul Mayo and Ray Curenton, The Beginning shows the influence of the old school, but brings all kinds of new possibilities to the table. The first single, “Crack Raps,” is available to radio now. Watch the accompanying video for the single below, directed by Grammy-nominated director Israel Anthem (Mute Math, Shiny Toy Guns).


The whole Kendrick thing through us all off pace with posts that we couldn’t keep and fell off for a bit…here are a few noteworthy posts for Friday The 13th:

Marley Marl On The Bridge Wars, LL Cool J And Discovering Sampling |

Listen to a full recording of Dave Chappelle’s comeback concert in Chicago |

The Arsenio Hall Show Beats Leno, Letterman & Kimmel In Monday Night