The Greatest Rappers of Our Time
Rap music has seen gradual shifts in the last decade and has become much more mainstream then before. The mix of pure rap with hip hop and pop beats has meant the genre has appealed to a much wider audience. We look at some of the biggest movers and shakers in the Rap scene in recent years.
Think rap music and many think Eminem. Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady or Eminem as most would know him is arguably one of the most successful rap artists of recent years. He is one of the best selling artists of all time and has carved an extraordinary career in hip hop. Eminem released his debut album all the way back in 1996. After releasing 5 albums he took a 5 year hiatus but returned to the scene in 2009 and is now due to release his 8th studio album later this year.
Jay Z (real name Shawn Corey Carter) is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists of all time. He is also a successful entrepreneur and in 2012 Forbes estimated his net worth at nearly $500 million. He was ranked by MTV as one of the Greatest MC’s of All Time. He holds the record for most number 1 records in the Billboard 200. As an entrepreneur he has involvements in a club, a clothing line, record labels and a sports agency. He is also part of a famous couple having married Beyonce in 2008. Together they are ranked the highest earning celebrity couple.
Tupac Shakur – known as 2Pac – was an American rapper who sold over 75 million albums. He rapped mainly about the violence and hardship in inner cities and his double disc album All Eyez on Me is one of the best selling hip hop albums of all time. 2Pac became involved in the East Coast West Coast hip hop rivalry. He was shot in 1996 during a drive by shooting in Las Vegas and died from his injuries 6 days later.
It’s not just the men that can carve out a successful rap career. Onika Tanya Maraj – better known as Nicki Minaj is one of the most successful female rap artists and can hold her own against her male counterparts. Relatively new to the hip hop scene Minaj released her debut album Pink Friday in 2010. She has had significant commercial success with her music releases. She is the first female to make it onto the MTV Hottest MC list and is the most charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. She has a colourful and quirky fashion style. She has stared as a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol and has had a number of film and TV appearances.
Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre is one of the classic rappers of our time. He began his career as part of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru and found fame with N.W.A – a gangsta rap group. He won an Grammy award for his song “Let Me Ride” in 1993. He is also well known as a producer and has produced many albums for other artists most notably Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 cent and has stared in a number of films. Rolling Stone ranks him in their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.