27- Protect Ur Neck! The Wu Tang Clan. Battle rappers, I love battle rappers. Some folks may have not noticed, but Hip-Hop took several turns in the nineties.
Early nineties, were the days of the native tongue groups. Groups like Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, and De La Soul. Then it shifted again towards the battle rappers which was good for the Wu Tang, which in reality is about 8 solo acts putting their talents together to enjoy the ride, which was smart and they did that.
Although the Rza seemed to be the brains behind the operation, no one in the group stood out more than The Ol' Dirty Bastard (R.I.P) and the Methodman.
26 NWA- Niggaz Wit Attitudes consisted of Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E (R.I.P), Ice Cube, and MC Ren. They set the bar for gansta rap. Their video Straight out of Compton got banned on MTV just one week after it was released. The group was banned from many radio stations across the nation. Yet they still were heard and had platinum records. Ice cube and Dr. Dre would break away and have prosperous careers.
Dre would leave Deathrow to become the CEO of Aftermath records and he would continue bringing the world of Hip-Hop new greats like 50 cents, Xibit, and Eminen.
24- Methodman & Redman. Meth had quite an impact with Wu Tang and stepped his game up as a solo artist. Redman began his career with the " Strictly Business" group EPMD and went on as a solo artist. The two originally did a callabo for a sound track in the mid ninety's. In 1999 they dropped the Debut album Blackout and started on the Billboard charts at #3. The album went platinum and the duo at that point enjoyed their greatest success.
23- Kanye West - One of very few rappers who uses his actual name can be considered one of the most controversial rappers of this decade. As much as folks like to make fun of Kanye, even Kanye himself got in on the action as Kenny West on The Cleveland Show. Regardless of his public ramblings and outrageous appearances, Kanye has won 21 Grammys in his career. A career that's just over ten years.
First off, the New Blood. New Blood as in new acts. J. Cole is just as hot as Drake and is definitely the future of Hip-Hop. Other acts in the New Bloods include Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, keep shining.
Missy Elliot, not that she isn't hot, but she is a greater impact on the industry producing rather than making her own music. The Black Eyed Peas will also not make the list. They are rather good at what they do, but we feel that they perform Hip-Hop and are more of a pop group. The previous 20 artist listed not only perform Hip-Hop, they are Hip-Hop.
Tune in on February 7th and peep the next ten. Give us some feed back on whether you think we are Dead on or Dead wrong.