5 Greatest Bad-Beat Rappers

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    5 Greatest Bad-Beat Rappers
    Oftentimes, when it comes to determining an MC’s caliber, lyricism is heralded as the most important factor. Beat selection, while equally crucial, often gets bypassed as the second slot on the checklist, leaving an assembly of rappers lyrically gifted, but production-wise lacking. A great bad-beat rapper doesn’t mean the artist’s music is negligible. It actually stands for acts that can excel despite their bad choice in production. Their lyricism, wordplay, and content so jaw dropping that even if the beats may turn listeners with cringe-inducing reactions, the actual records suffice to be enjoyable. That said, this selection of artists is meant to highlight the greatest rappers with outstanding talents, that although they’re often scrutinized for poor taste in beats, their records are celebrated for sheer brilliance. While many hope these artists to take upon “better” production, let’s not forget why fans love them in the first place. —<em>Jaeki Cho</em> (<a href="http://twitter.com/jaekicho">JaekiCho</a>)
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    Mos Def
    Let’s be clear, <em>Black on Both Sides</em> was an incredible album with production credits from some of east coast hip-hop’s most celebrated names. Mos Def’s following outputs (<em>The New Danger</em> and <em>True Magic</em>), however, found the Brooklyn MC in an experimental phase with odd beat selections and song structures that surprised many of his initial fans. Despite the left-field choices Mos never failed to impress as a rapper, all thanks to his amazing usage of cadence, wordplay, and lyricism. As displayed on <em>The Ecstatic</em>, with the right support, he’s almost flawless as an MC.
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    Immortal Technique
    When it comes to battle-tested rhymes, aggressive delivery, and shock-factor punchlines, Immortal Technique is the go-to figure that seems to be capable of ripping off a chunk of an MC’s dome (and take it back home like the Berlin Wall). His projects <em>Revolutionary Vol. 1</em> and <em>Revolutionary Vol. 2</em> were both heralded with critical praise for its neck-snapping delivery and lyricism. But in terms of production, many of the two albums’ beats were simplistic and strictly served as spicing to Technique’s rapping. His union with DJ Green Lantern on <em>The 3rd World</em>, however, found a good equilibrium where the self-claimed revolutionary MC exhibited both mastery in lyricism over fittingly accommodating production.
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    Ras Kass
    Ras Kass forever molded a spot within rap geeks’ list of most underrated rappers. His jam-packed dosages of word tidbits are often overwhelming, and usually get lost in a cyclical verbiage of rhymes, similes, obscure cultural references and many other rappity, rap nerd fantasies. While his debut <em>Soul on Ice</em> and sophomore effort <em>Rassasination</em> were both critically acclaimed for the L.A. MC’s lyrical feats, his choice in beats never shined on a parallel lane to his mastery in rapping.
  • Canibus_Bad Beat
    <h2>Canibus - "Get Retarded"</h2>
    "When I bomb shit, I get retarded; probably more than you bargained / I'm talking about rip a mic off your arm shit / Hype shit, blow up a mic shit, you might get / Beat the fuck up in broad daylight with a nightstick."
  • Nas_Bad Beat
    How can one of the greatest MCs of all time end up on this list you ask? Well, since <em>Illmatic</em>, Nas hasn’t had one album that didn’t include a sub-par beat. This isn’t necessarily the fault of the producer who made the beat, as oftentimes, Nasir enlists some of the game’s finest talents. The reason why he chose <em>those</em> beats from <em>those</em> talented producers boggles <em>XXL</em>, but the Queensbridge MC always managed to turn doubtful beat selections to impactful records. It’s been an everlasting trait by Nas, and by now both fans and critics have come to live with it.

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  • The1987kid

    This is list is a clear attack on MC’s with talent & everlasting material, all these hip-hop publications have been attacking anything with substance as “rap geeks, “nerds” “backpackers” “emo” & any other buzzword they create to diminish anything of quality. Shame on these frauds disguise as “hip-hop”.

    • Jaeki Cho

      Read the intro, fam.

    • http://twitter.com/ThaNorthStar Tha North $tar

      These rap notables are amazing lyricists, but aren’t the best when it comes down to beat selections…

  • http://twitter.com/ginodeluxe Gino DeluXXXe

    What’s the criteria for calling something a “bad beat?” Is this based on scientific studies of music progression on which current pop music is built?

  • http://twitter.com/AJB4 Andrew

    Lloyd Banks should be on this list but he does get decent beats on his albums but his tapes LAWDDD

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.deherrera Lucas DeHerrera

    Bis is King… he is the only MC who needs no beat…. If you think Rip The Jacker had bad beats, then the money and majors have won and really stolen the culture, very sad. It wasn’t just bad beats with Bis, more is at work folks…

  • Slick Jefferson

    You forgot Tupac.

    • http://twitter.com/ThaNorthStar Tha North $tar

      2pac was bad at selecting beats. he got success when he started having others pick the beats they thought he’d sound good on

  • Daniel

    [Mike Tyson]Get acquainted to the one and the onlyThe future, hip-hop kingForever, the Canibus… (The Funkmaster Flex is coming!)
    [Canibus]Yo, yoFor all you niggaz sayin that my shit is sick, just imaginethe ninety percent of my brain that I ain’t even used yetTake a deep breath, quick, suck in as much airas my lungs will permit — then I start to kick that shitI been gettin busy before the planets started to turnBefore the bees, the birds, and Adam and Eve occuredPrior to all creation, in other wordsWhen the female egg will merge with the man’s spermI stand firm, my words burn through your exteriorThe eat away at your materia, I’m superiorWhile you only pretend to be, I can double my densityfrom three-sixty degrees to seven-twenty instantlySix, multiplied by five by four by three by twothen one, go head and calculate the sumThe time has cometh, I was summoned to punishMotherfuckers with mouths to run it with rubbishWhen I come through, niggaz stand stiller than statuesCause if I have to, I’ll battle your whole rap crewThen I’ll attack you with words that’s absurdand rip your fuckin skin off just to get on your nerves
    *Flex scratches*

  • TaylorTwoTimes

    nas ~ the lost tapes had some dope ass beats

  • http://www.facebook.com/RealColdAsChris Cold As Chris

    Mos Def doesnt deserve to be on this list. Not in my opinion at least. cant really see why Immortal Tech is on tis list either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dwahn.denson Dwahn Denson

    As much as i love the guy and hate to say it i think you can now add Rakim to this list as well things just haven’t been quiet the same since he has “not been down with eric b no more”! The Seventh Seal was complete Trash !!!!

  • Nasfan

    Nigga dont fuck with Nasir Jones Music!!