XXL’s Senior Class 11 For 2009

XXL made a lotta noise when they started publishing their annual Freshmen 10 issue. Readers have since tuned in to gauge how the selected few have lived up to their hype, to see which of them would, could live up to the expectations. And as much as the newbies get the recognition and the fame, one thing we can’t ever forget about is the big dogs of this rap shit. Them dudes that’s been through all the fires, sophomore jinxes, industry shadiness, the digital revolution, age and most challenging of all, the fickleness of the rap fan, always ready to cast out the old for that crispy brand new. I decided to give props to the 10 rappers that continue standing today. Factors such as longevity (when they were first featured on a commercial release), and relevancy went into determining who sat at the Senior table for 2009. You young cats straighten the eff up when walking past these cat’s table.  These rappers, whether you bump them or not, deserve all of your respect.

Q-Tip – The Abstract made his first appearance on the Jungle Brothers’ debut album “Straight Out The Jungle” which dropped back in 1988. Specifically on the cut entitled Black Is Black. Along with his legendary group A Tribe Called Quest, Tip dropped their first album “A Peoples’ Instinctive Travels and The Paths Of Rhythm“  in 1990. The group went on to ensuring their spot as one of hip hop’s greatest groups by dropping two certified back to back classic albums “The Low End Theory ” (1991) and “Midnight Marauders” (1993). Going separate ways, Q-Tip embarked on a solo career with his album “Amplified” in 2000. Last year Tip dropped one of 2008′s best hip hop albums with “The Renaissance”. This year he dropped “Kamaal The Abstract“, and even though it was met with mixed reviews, Q-Tip continues to stay relevant as he maintains his spot at the Senior table for ’09.

Doom -Having had one of the most unique runs in the game, Doom made his debut in the game as Zev Love X (part of the rap group KMD) on 3rd Bass’ 1989 single The Gasface from their debut “The Cactus Album”. KMD dropped their first album, “Mr. Hood” in 1991 featuring the single Peachfuzz. After his brother Subroc, a member of KMD, was killed in a car accident in 1993, plus having to go through label drama, Zev Love X dropped off the face of the map. Depressed and disillusioned, Zev left New York for Atlanta, swearing revenge on the industry that left him wounded and disfigured. Returning as MF Doom behind the metal faced mask, he dropped “Operation: Doomsday” in 1999 gaining new fans and fresh recognition. It took me a while to connect the dots between him and Zev Love. Since then Doom has been killing it as the villain of rap. Earlier this year he dropped the MF from his name and released “Born This Way“, an album guaranteed to be in many cats’ top ten lists for 2009. By not conforming to industry standards, Doom stays as one the most sought out seniors in rap. If only he stopped sending masked imposters to perform in his place.

De La Soul – Who spits harder than De La? Dropping their bomb classic debut “3 Feet High And Rising” in 1989, the trio from Long Island, NY changed the game, challenging the hard rock stereotypes that defined what a b-boy was. Since then, they’ve dropped several classics (“De La Soul Is Dead” (1991), “Buhloone Mindstate” (1993), “Stakes Is High” (1996)) and will continue to rock a live show. Earlier this year they dropped “Are You In? Nike + Original Run” an iTunes exclusive that was met with positive reviews. De La Soul has a strong live show following and as far as I’m concerned, as long as they continue to record in the studio, will always be worth the cost of their cds.

Jay-Z -This old head just wont quit. Coming in the game on Jaz-O’s back [||] and featured on singles The Originators in 1989 and Hawaiian Sophie in 1990, Jay-Z has been in the game longer than some of you have been alive. After almost every record label refused to give him a deal, Jay, along with Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, formed Roc-a-fella Records and “Reasonable Doubt” was released in 1996. The rest, as they say, is history.  2009 saw the release of “Blueprint 3″, Hov’s 11th studio album which broke Elvis Presly’s record as the solo act with the most No. 1 records. Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and alumni in the game have been trying to get this senior to graduate, to finally move on so someone else could fill the top spot. With how Jay stayed the rapper in everyone’s mouth in 2009 [||], it’s apparent this super senior doesn’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon. Valedictorian status even.

Nas – Nasty Nas set if off as a rebel to America on Main Source’s Live At The Barbeque back in 1991 on the album “Breaking Atoms“. Pegged then as that freshman to keep an eye on, he broke out with his debut album “Illmatic” in 1994. With “Illmatic” being a timeless classic, Nas shut it down as that next emcee not to be effed with. Compared from the start to Rakim Allah in lyrical greatness, Nas’ skills forced him into the position of being the rapper to beat for the crown, drawing fire even from late rap legends Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. Also responsible for bringing us arguably the greatest rap beef in Hip Hop history (vs. Jay-Z), Nas continues to stay relevant.  Reportedly working on an album with Damian Marley, Nas sits comfortably at the Senior table, flicking cigar ashes down on the suckers.

Busta Rhymes – Given his name by rap icon Chuck D. of Public Enemy fame,  Busta and his then crew Leaders Of The New School dropped their debut album “A Future Without A Past” back in 1991. After killing A Tribe Called Quest’s posse cut Scenario in 1991,  Bussa Buss let it be known that he was ready for his solo career. His solo debut hit the scene in 1996 with “The Coming“. Buss also blessed us with one of Hip Hop’s greatest hits ever with Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See off of his “When Disaster Strikes” album back in 1997. Releasing his eighth studio album “Back On My B.S.” earlier this year, Busta suffered the first time experience of having an album not going neither gold nor platinum. Still, the single “Arab Money” stayed being a heat rock in the clubs and controversial in the news. Regardless whether you eff with Busta Rhymes or not, this dude will murder a beat like a hired contract killer, and better than any new rhyme spitter out there.

Snoop Dogg – The Dogg Father remains America’s favorite Gangsta Rapper. Riding shotgun to Dr. Dre with the 1992 soundtrack single Deep Cover (one of my favorite joints ever), Snoop’s unqiue nasal flow and country drawl made every head look west as the Los Angeles based rapper helped Dre in cementing the West Coast as formidable contenders to a genre that was, up until then, mostly dominated by East Coast rappers hailing from New York.  Snoop continued riding shotgun on Dr. Dre’s debut solo album “The Chronic” in 1992. “The Chronic” changed everything, from the introduction of the G-Funk era to Snoop’s unqiue voice, unique flow. Back during them days, West Coast reigned supreme. Snoop saw his own debut dropping in 1993 with the classic “Doggystyle“. Surviving standing dead center in  the Ground Zero that heralded the East/West Coast beef, the death of Tupac Shakur, the advent of digital downloading and time itself, Snoop has managed to stay sipping comfortably from his pimp cup and resting with feet kicked up at the Senior’s table in 2009.  Judging from the smoker of that brand new single that is I Wanna Rock (fucking fires) off his upcoming album “Malice N Wonderland” set to drop in December, this Crip’d out Chronic smoker will continue to light the charts and the blunts for as long as he wants to.

Raekwon – The Chef chef’d up some marvelous rhymes as he and his Wu-Tang Clan invaded the game back in 1993 with “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”. Not only did Rae and his set bring a new grimey dusted sound to the fore, they also brought respect and recognition to the fifth borough of Staten Island, before then, the bastard kin to the 5 boroughs. Assisted by fellow clansmen RZA and Ghostface Killah, Rae blew a crater in this Hip Hop shit with his classic “Only Built For Cuban Linx” back in 1995. Since then, dude has been on a quest to match the success that was OB4CL, promising multiple times and for several years that the follow up sequel was going to be of the same caliber. Cast off with mad “yeah rights” from rap fans everywhere, Rae made us all shut the fuck up with 2009′s “Only Built For Cuban Linx 2″. That album lived up to Rae’s promises as it made this Shaolin senior sound brand new. Possibly claiming that number one spot as best rap album of the year, Raekwon walks through the hallways garnering mad nods of respect from rap students. If Jay is this years Valedictorian, Rae is no doubt rap’s Prom King.

Ghostface Killah – Like Raekown, Ghost showcased his lyrical swords on “Enter The Wu-Tang (36  Chambers”) in 1993. Back then he rocked the stocking mask.  Dropping his solo “Ironman” in 1996, it wasn’t until 2000 with “Supreme Clientele” that Tony Starks made us all recognize how much he deserved his solo run. Since then Starks has been banging dope albums like the Yankees bang World Series. After being insulted by us fans for copping but not actually buying his dope albums, Starks switched it up this year with an r&b, relationship themed album “Ghostdini: The Wizard Of Poetry“. Sounding like he’s NEVER going to give up rapping, and doing so better than most on any freshman list, ya’ll better throw your arms up in salutes whenever this senior enters the lunch room.

Bun B – To some, the godfather of Southern Hip Hip, Bun B, along with Pimp C dropped their first album as UGK (Underground Kingz) with “Too Hard To Swallow” in 1992. Repping their coast to the fullest, Bun and Pimp C continued to bang hard with follow up albums as well as their cameos on Jay-Z’s smash hit Big Pimpin (2000) and Three Six Mafia’s Sippin On Some Syrup (2000). Bun met with mad obstacles as his potna Pimp C was incarcerated in 2002. During that time, Bun dropped the dope “Trill” album in 2005. After Pimp’s release, UGK released the eponymous “Underground Kingz” in 2007 ending talks that the Southern ambassadors were washed up. Pimp unexpectedlydied later that year, but like the general that he is, Bun kept it moving like a champ with Trill II in 2008. Set to release Trill O.G. in 2010, Bun B stays being that rap upper classman to keep your eyes on.

Sean Price - The youngest in this year’s Senior 10, Kimbo Price made his cameo entry as Ruckus, one half of the two man group Heltah Skeltah on the the track Wontime from fellow Boot Camp Click members Smif-N-Wessun’s album “Dah Shinin” back in 1995. Heltah Skeltah dropped their own album “Nocturnal” in 1996. Switching it up, he claimed the name Sean P. on his solo “Monkey Barz” in 2005 and followed up with “Master P” and “Jesus Price Supastar” (2007). Recently blazing the mic with 2009′s “Kimbo Price“, Mr. Price continues to bring dominance to the field of rapping. Ask Dallas Penn who one of his current top ten rappers is.

So there you have it. The Senior class of 2009. Underclassmen take heed.

Honorable Mentions
Dr. Dre., KRS-One, Rakim, Masta Ace, Buckshot, Method Man, Redman, Too Short

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  • OG Matt Herbz

    I can’t front on this list…

    …except for Busta. He’s a bit esoteric to be considered a ray of hope for the genre. Doom, too–and it ain’t the mask thing, either. I just can’t figure out what the fuck dude’s rhyming about most the time and then your fans suspect your sending out a stranger to do your shows? Fuck that.

    Make it a Top 8 list and be done with it.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • Mr. North

      DOOM is the sh*t bottom line. What hes done in the game, the way he came back to the game is one of the most inspiring stories in hip-hop. As far as the the Doomposters go…He’s the super villian. He came back in the game to get his cash and be out. DOOM one of the best to do it.

      “Never knew the price of ice or what swine cost.”

    • joe p

      @ OG Matt herbz , doom actually has a very valid point on why he does that shit at shows but i agree i love him but i sometimes i cant figure out what hes rhyming about.. but he def deserves to be on this list

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands


        I put DOOM @ about 5 on the “fuck that nigga say?”-ometer. 1 being E40, & 10 being Ghostface.

        Plus, when you do catch what he’s saying, after a couple of listens, dudes heavy with the wordplay.

        • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

          goddamnit guys! youre all sitting there talking about DOOM and not one of you pointed out that the album is named “Born Like This”? not “born this way”, as cj erroneously stated.

          the title of the album is the theme and motif of charles bukowski’s poem “dinosauria, we”. and conversely, the theme and motif throughout the poem is post-apocalyptic DOOM.


        • http://www.facebook.com/maxprofit Max Profit

          Nice List!

          But Slick Rick is the King of staying relevant.

          Wow no Buckshot?!?!

    • http://dasteamwerkmusik.blogspot.com bollocks

      Yo, Herbz –

      I can understand and respect your criticisms, but you gotta give Doom his propers for pure innovation on the lyrical tip. Plus, he’s the guy who said “he’s only here to save the game like a memory card,” which is one of the best pieces of rap bragadoccio in the history or rap bragadoccio.

  • MJP

    Good point OG Matt on Doom….would suck if he was sending imposters to the shows…Respect to Raekwon, that House of Flying Daggers is mean…and the video is grand!

  • http://whowalkinbrooklyn.com Willis Still Sunsweet, WWIB

    + Ice Cube

    whose last album >>>>>> than recent work by all of the above save Rae, Ghost and Sean P.

    KRS-One as well?

    You never know what Kris you’ll get on wax (er, plastic, or download) but he’s fire on “Survival Skills” and live, of course, pretty much the best to ever do it.

    re: Busta, “BOMB” didn’t suck quite as badly as its rep (if the Empire skating rink was still open it’d have played well there, save the garbage with Common, who’s worthless) but it was a horribly compromised album.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    Good list, CJ.

    I have to add Cool J & Ice Cube, though. For Hip Hop game-changing, & the fact that they elevated to higher echelons in entertainment, with no ceilings in sight.

  • http://whowalkinbrooklyn.com Willis Still Sunsweet, WWIB

    reading comprehension check: Class of ’09, my bad; Cube ain’t dropped anythng this year (that I know of.)

    • Curtis75Black

      Neither has Nas Homie !!

    • El Tico Loco

      Neither has Nas and he’s on there. So why can’t Cube be on there and actually needs to be.

  • cmoney85

    yea it is rather funny to have snoop but no Cube, i mean snoop does have new work on the way out but there are a few names on the list that are pretty quite. or even Dre considering how detox was/ is coming out this year…. Then I read the honorable Mentions

  • YoungDyce

    I think Scarface and E-40 should be up there too. Both them niggas been in the game since the late 80s and STILL spit.

  • Da Truth

    What happened to Scarface? He’s dropped a classic either earlier this year or at the end of last year. I heard UGK got one more ablum coming out this year. If that is true it’s nothing else left to me said. Also isnt Luda about 10 years in the game now?

  • latino heat

    good list from top to bottom. i just have to question naming Bun B the godfather of southern hip hop though. i like Bun B but you seem to have forgotten Scarface. who dropped Emeritus last December which was a great album, and was on tour with Goodie Mob a couple months ago. of course the fuckin bay area show was canceled but that’s another story.

    also when you mentioned Busta you forgot to mention his live stage show. which next to Red & Meth is the best in the game.

  • Brooklyn

    a tight list, although i don’t know about busta and snoop. don’t get me wrong, in their day couldn’t no one touch them, but recently they’ve fallen off sharply. busta needs to get his dreads back, start wilding out again, and stay far, far, far away from autotune and lil wayne. snoop’s recent shit his been disappointing, i haven’t heard his newest shit, but i’m hoping that it’s better than the “sensual seduction” or whatever the fuck that last shit was called.

  • Curtis75Black

    ” Them dudes that’s been through all the fires, sophomore jinxes, industry shadiness, the digital revolution, age and most challenging of all, the fickleness of the rap fan, always ready to cast out the old for that crispy brand new.”
    All that and LL isn’t on this list !! 25 years on one label. Getting hated on for style changes, battles with current emcees and remaining relevant through TV shows and Movies. Must be a late 80′s- 90′s list. Krush Groovers aren’t allowed.

  • Worley

    NaS, Rae and Ghost made the list. I’m good with that.

  • REAL TALK ’10

    2009 was a terible year in Hip hop!….but i have a select few standouts on my list….

    Lupe Fiasco Best Hip hop song 2009…
    “Shining Down”

    Ti can get Best Rap Album 2009 since he locked up!…….

    Worse Rap artist: Of Course Soulja Boy!!!!
    Worse new Act: The New Boyz

    RIP Career Award: Kanye West:2004-2009!….

    Top Five Rapppers Who Need To Go Away Be4 2010

    2.Lil Wayne
    3.50 Cent
    4.Kanye West
    5.Rick Ross…

    • Eric

      somebody trippin.

      you think what happened with Taylor Swift is gonna end ‘Ye’s career? Soon as he drop something new, his shit will be ok.

      Why those guys need to go away?

      even if you said Real Talk, we probably wouldn’t believe you.

    • Dan M

      Kanye’s career is far from over, he is probably one of the most talented musicians in any genre of music to come uo within the last ten years. Wayne is revolutionary, i agree about Rick Ross. Jay Z is still doin his thing, thers no reason for him to quit now. 50, should quit rap and focus on an acting career, but he should stop directing movies because he ruins them. Get a good director and just act. Best new artist: J. Cole, by far. Lyrics and production, he brings a new sound to hip hop. Hip Hop aint dead, its going thru puberty, ya old heads stop complaining

  • FrankTalk


    Digging how you flipped the conventional use of the scholastic analogy for the older guys. Some of the seniors are gonna be super seniors this year because they did not pass the Regents.

    Super Seniors: Busta Rhymes LP was boo-tay like pum-pum in December.
    Q-Tip: with Kamaal the Madwack should have stayed shelved. I heard that album like 5 years ago and it was no bueno then.

    All the others may now turn their tassels.

    *Dr. Dre your diploma will be withheld until your project is handed in to Mr. Iovine. Until then he has an Incomplete.

    • DownSouth

      *Dr. Dre your diploma will be withheld until your project is handed in to Mr. Iovine. Until then he has an Incomplete.

      LOL! Good one.

      DOWN SOUTH!!!

  • beaver

    doom is in my top 5 rappers..
    dope as fuckk.

  • tone

    Where’s common, scarface, outkast and the roots???

    • Chilly Willy

      ^^^^^^^^^^Co Sign !

      If Nas who didn’t drop for 09 gets a nod, where’s Common, Face, The Roots (those last 2 albums are solid), shiiiiiit, where is Redman ?

      I ain’t mad though, the list is good, but those are the most overlooked senior evar that’s still holding it down. Damn, CJ, you act like they’re the barbershop quartet or something …

  • hiphop44

    WHERE CAM’RON!!!!!!!!!!????????he been rappin since 1997!!

  • John Cochran

    Doom is for nerds. Rea had the best album of the year.

    • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

      double fail. minus two internet points for spelling Rae’s name incorrectly and not putting DOOM in all caps.

      thus, your point never existed.

      • http://tonygrands.blackberry.net Tony Grands

        ^^^LOL (as opposed to Lol).

      • yoprince


        clearly… DOOM is that nigga.

  • Nibs

    big ups for actually mentioning Sean Price’s name on the xxlmag website
    does that mean they’ll havta take this article down? lol
    “…where was I? Oh yes, Sean Carter is nice but Sean Price is the best”

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Shallah Raekwon all day on this one……that shit was like a Snickers. Even tho I’m allergic to peanuts.

  • John Cochran

    thoreauly77 is obviously one of the nerds I was refering to.

    • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

      hey! you spelled my name correctly! god be praised, its a miracle!

    • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

      hallelujah, he can spell! (well, maybe not the word “referring”)

      but thanks be to the lord!

      at least he got MY name right!

  • mazemayhim

    Umm, yeah, how bout Mos Def?! The Ecstatic aka most slept-on album of ’09…period!


    you gave props to DOOM that makes me happy.

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  • http://kingeljay.tumblr.com K1ng Eljay

    Not gonna lie… I think Ice Cube should of at least got an honorable mention. I know those crappy kid movies hurt him a little bit, but still…

  • kb


    • donknottz

      Slaughterhouse r u ffn kidding? They’ve put out one album that flopped. Royce been around but thats it the rest of them are failures and they’re wack as hell. Reggie Noble should be at the top of the list followed by The Roots no doubt.

      • chillin mayne

        joell ortiz and wack are oxymorons.

        everybody will never agree on a list, somebody will always be left out, nobody needs to get huffy puffy its only one persons opinion

  • crack

    the references and wordplay of DOOM are a bit much for the “average” rapster

  • js416

    i wish snoop released music that i can actually tolerate listening to

    that sexual eruption song was TRASH! im sorry it was prob my most hated song of 2009

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Rae = exceeds my expectations that OB4CL2 is fiyaa,damn near classic.He should ‘ve trim it 2 14 tracks tho

    Common = still got it

    Hounorable Mentions

    Snoop = much respect but those ghostwriters of his gives me nightmares

    Ice Cube = even tho he had been quiet latetly he still gets my vote

    Method Man & Redman = collectively they r dope

    Rappers that should hang up the mic


  • El Chapo Guzman

    Rae’s Narco-Corridos hands down was the best album this year…

  • me

    Rakim the God Emcee!!!!!!!!

  • macdatruest



    Black Thought


    Snoop Dogg

    Ice Cube


    8Ball &MJG

    Wu Tang Clan/GZA


    Niggas Who Need To Hang It Up:

    Wacka Flocka Flame


  • mat

    The new rakim is one of the best 09 album

  • IsaacHunt

    What about Royce? Dropped Street Hop and the Slaughterhouse collabo in 09, so figure he’s at least worth an honorable mention…

  • caino

    Yo , OutKast, Scarface and Cube should probably get a mention!

    l always bump the old kats, never really got into any new acts , except Lupe who l think is highlyunderrated!

    Dope List tho!

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  • Detroit Dave

    Is it me or does this magazine totally dismiss WEST COAST RELEASES.

    DJ Quik and Kurupt dropped a cold ass album in April.

    How can you forget about Scarface, Red & Meth and I believe UGK should be on there as a group rather than just Bun B. So with that being said you gotta take off my favorite rapper Nas, because he ain’t drop an album.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      “DJ Quik and Kurupt dropped a cold ass album in April.”

      ^^^ Truth

  • Sincere

    I see ya’ Curtis, going to bat for The Ripper Strikes Back (L.L. Cool J…lol). On allhiphop, I made mention of liking the lyrical and musical production better on “Exit 13″ than Rakim’s “The Seventh Seal” (where’s the review on here for it by the way?), along with Jay-Z’s “BP3″, Raekwon’s “OBCL2″, and Meth and Red’s “BO2″. But just to be clear, I do appreciate Ra’s return and some of the records on the album, especially in light of so much material that comes out that doesn’t have more of a mature edge to it.

    The Golden Age MCs still Reign Supreme (a tip of the hat to the track of the same name by L.L. Cool James)(ha, ha)

  • 1Deep

    pretty good list but the omission of a single Dungeon Family member, let alone the whole 1st Generation and Scarface is fucking stupid at best, NYC dickriding most likely.

  • Vic De Zen

    Raekwons OB4CL2 is definitely the album of the year. There is no question. I’m glad he brought it back as hard as he did.

  • http://defchak@yahoo.com Chaka

    Nas didnt drop any joint this yr and he is on the list?Why not Scarface or Ice Cube or Outkast or even DJ Quik?If we were to Judge by consistency,I dont think no rapper dead or alive has been as consistent as uncle Face.
    From ‘now i feel ya’(the world is urs-93) to ‘never seen a man cry’(the diary-94) to ‘smile’(untouchable-97) down to ‘what can i do?’(made-2000),’Git ou my face’(made-2007),’still here’(emeritus-2008).Nine albums in 18 years and atleast Two or Three(The dairy,the fix/Made)are classics albums;two or three are great(Made,Emeritus/Untouchable) albums;Five(Untouchable,the last of a dying breed,the world is yours,My Homies(1+2),Mr scarface is back)are dope albums.Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace mob(We know n feel ya down here in Africa)

    Note:I didnt even mention is contributions to Geto boys and Product.

  • mr sin

    good list but where the fuck is redman???

  • savyd617

    Where’s Keith Murray on here??? There messing a few heads on this list!

  • mr sin

    oh yeah, and anyone talkin shit about DOOM don’t know what the fuck they talkin about….

  • ThingAlec

    Where’s Eminem?

    • GregSide

      That’s what I was about to say. Eminem has a huge comeback but he’s not on the list. He’s made more moves than most on there. Really if you think about it, (I know people are gonna hate on this) even though he’s recently just blown up worldwide, where’s Wanye? Some time I love ‘em sometimes I hate ‘em, but he should be on the list.

  • Hex

    You dickheads…the absence of obvious legends is cos they either: weren’t real active in 09 (see:Cube,LL),weren’t very good when they were (see: KRS), or do not continue to be active(see: Face…undoubted legend, Emeritus was dope, but dude hung up the mic). And anyone talkin about Slaughterhouse, Em or even Cam clearly failed to see the point of this post…. all the listed artists have at least 15 years in the game.
    Reggie Noble shoulda been up there though.
    Otherwise on point as usual.
    Sean P!>

  • YoungDyce

    Wayne?! Come on, bro. I don’t think ANY rapper who started in 99 should be on this list. Just cause they been in the game for 10 years doesn’t mean they automatically get recognized along with Nas, Ice Cube, Scarface… yeah, Em and Wayne been around for a good 10 years now, but they couldn’t stack up against the niggas on the list for shit! Ludacris, Eminem, Wayne, Cam, Fab… they all been around for a good 10 and they got respectable catalogs (for the most part) but they ain’t on the same level.

  • HipHopFive15

    Yea, luda shoulda been on there and defnitly scarface. Wuddup with Rakim tho?

  • chillin mayne

    i think a lot of yall have Attention deficit disorder..senior table…hes listin cats that mostly been rappin since the late 80s/early 90s

    regardless, yall need to stop with the “wheres this cat, wheres that cat” nonsense. wheres eminem?. stop whinin, nobody said he was trash, hes just not on the dayum list

    west coast yall just give the wrong vibe i think…yall just seem like yall garbage for some reason…may-b its snoop, dude is lyrically unadept to rappin…crooked i the only dude i really dig from cali…i tried to listen to nipsey hussle, it was quite painful… may-b its the sound, the lyrics werent to great for me either…regardless, pharoahe monch, talib kweli, joell oritz, joe buddens, chino xl….dayum, east coast got the sharpest rappers…and im from the south and have lived in the south always, so dont front, word to chamilly, magno and scarface, houstons best

  • No Name

    Nas is my favorite hip-hop artist. But I wouldn’t truly be a fan if I didn’t disagree with him being on this list. Rap wise, Esco hasn’t done enough, imo. Now if the DR album actually DID drop at have positive reviews, that would be different.

  • John Cauner

    What about The Roots? They’ve been around since ’93…

  • Joe

    I’m gon censor myself and not just say DOOM is wack, b/c i havent listened to 1 song of his.

    But I dont like chekanary (sp) w/ rappers.

    Wearing a mask and having an alter ego=having a gimmick dance.

  • Vondrae

    Where’s Jadakiss? I’m definite he held it down.. exceeded expectations some barely met quota..

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