Pharrell

Pharrell

Occupation: Rapper/Producer/Designer
Age: 39
Albums: 1 solo album, 4 group albums
Grammy Awards: 3 wins, 7 other nominations as a solo artist
Side Hustles: Runs I Am Other label, as well as a clothing line
Artists Ushered into the Mainstream: Kelis, Clipse
Style of Judge: Extremely focused and tuned-in, with constructive critiques that display an actual knowledge of musical theory
Potential Critique: "Your pitch became a bit flat towards the middle there, but your voice is something the world needs to hear."

Nicki Minaj

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Occupation: Rapper
Age: 29
Albums: 2
Grammy Awards: 4 nominations
Side Hustles: Soon-to-be released fragrance
Artists Ushered into the Mainstream: None
Style of Judge: Generally sweet, with the occasionally borderline foul facial reaction
Potential Critique: "I wish I could have this moment for life. You just took my breath away!"

Diddy

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Occupation: Rapper/Producer/Mogul
Age: 42
Albums: 6
Grammy Awards: 3 wins, 6 other nominations
Side Hustles: Ciroc, Clothing, general moguldom
Artists Ushered into the Mainstream: The Notorious B.I.G., Lil Kim, Ma$e, The Lox, Da Band, French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly
Style of Judge: Hyper-critical with a consistent sprinkle of comedy
Potential Critique: "Would you walk to Brooklyn to make it to the next round?...What's that?...Yeah, I know we're filming this in L.A. You heard my question, though..."

Kanye West

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Occupation: Rapper/Producer
Age: 35
Albums: 5 solo, 1 group
Grammy Awards: 18 wins, 25 other nominations
Side Hustles: Designer, Director
Artists Ushered into the Mainstream: John Legend, Big Sean, Kid Cudi
Style of Judge: Brutally honest, occasionally inarticulate
Potential Critique: *Interrupts mid-perfomance* "I'ma let you finish, but I'd really rather you don't. This is painful."

Which Rapper Would Make The Best American Idol Judge?

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Over the last few weeks, a number of rumors have hit the 'net surrounding which artists may fill open slots at the American Idol judges' table. A handful of rappers have been thrown into the mix and are reportedly listening to pitches from the hit show. XXLMag.com decided to match those names—Kanye West, Nick Minaj, Diddy and Pharrell—head-to-head to see which hip-hop star would make the best judge.