2016 RAP POWER RANKINGS

The current rap power rankings is an attempt to evaluate the artists using a similar method seen in sports. Just like ESPN where players are profiled relentlessly and analysts discuss and deliberate using objective criteria, performers of a different kind can be given that same treatment. Inevitably it's all to be debated on and people can agree to disagree, but let's keep the discussion rooted in some kind of factual basis out of respect for the art form, and let's create a form of media where artists are documented to the most thorough degree. LegacyArtsMedia.com hopes to contribute to the cause of reliable journalism in all areas of arts & culture, and is looking to build a community of collaborators and subscribers who feel the same.

July 24, 2016

98

Lyrics   9

“They thought it was words, but it was pictures i saw, and since i wanted to draw…” … he became one of the last few lyricists to make it. Cut from the cloth of the golden era of Hip Hop, Cole is a student of the game who puts his pen to work. He puts t...

July 24, 2016

95

Lyrics   10

“Look Inside my soul, and you can find gold, and maybe get rich”  Kendrick is a poet in every sense of the word. In fact in some respect his words are so profound that they’re arguably better read, that is to absorb their absolute meaning if there’s a...

July 23, 2016

93

Lyrics   9

“And you know me as a Cris (Chris) bottle sender, check picker upper”  We know Drake to be as dangerous as they come, as he’s incredibly witty with the way he puts words together, and is remarkably vivid with how well he paints a picture. A style that...

July 22, 2016

93

Lyrics   8

"I had dreams of fuckin a R&B bitch like Mya, when I saw that ass on the front of that King." First things first I really think you journalists don’t like Game because he doesn’t go to your cocktail parties, as if he’s not a great MC if he do...

July 22, 2016

93

Lyrics   8

“I’m awkward I box lefty, and often my pops left me, and often my momma wasn’t home” Many would say Jay doesn’t rap like this anymore, and while I agree it happens less frequently, the stats will show you that he still has some of this left in his bag....

July 22, 2016

93

Lyrics   10

“Somebody told me that this planet was small, we used to live on the same building on the same floor” and Black Thought has been in the cut of Hip Hop’s mainstream for almost two decades now. The Legendary Roots Crew have been a staple of Hip Hop sinc...

July 22, 2016

91       

Lyrics   9

“That buck that bought a bottle coulda struck the lotto” the epitome of being wise beyond your years, the rebel of the street corner has always spit knowledge whether it was well received or not. In recent years he’s mai...

July 22, 2016

90

Lyrics   8

“The prettiest people do the ugliest things” I sometimes wish Kanye would listen and follow his own advice, but that’s just Kanye, an erratic musical genius who simply lives in the moment. Nowadays it’s all about the music, meaning his wild arrangement...

July 22, 2016

89

Lyrics   9

"Heard when they thinner you get deeper in her, I heard when they thicker make you cum quicker." Dominating a lane that’s occupied by most artists in Hip Hop, Fab is simply more clever than all the game spitters beside him. His lyrics are sharp, to the...

July 22, 2016

89    

Lyrics   10

"Say if Joe keep talking that shit, he'll get him shot, but if rappers can't tie my shoes how can I not." Maybe the most underrated pen in the game, Joe’s lyrics are incredibly descriptive in giving you a bird’s eye view of his life; whe...

July 22, 2016

89  

Lyrics   9

"Me and my team gotta intervene, what's the point of living if you ain't living the dream, we live in a world where everybody want everything, everybody want a better thing." They say he’s the new J Cole, and while many of those who say that mean tha...

July 22, 2016

88

Lyrics   10

"I'm fearless, now hear this, I'm earless, and I'm peerless, that means I'm eyeless, which means I'm teerless, which means my iris, resides where my ears is, which means I'm blinded, but I'mma find it, I can feel it nearness." Sheeeesh, Lupe is the em...

July 22, 2016

87       

Lyrics   8

"When I die remember me like John Lennon, buried in Louie, I'm talking all brown linen, make all my bitches tattoo my logo on they tittys, put a statue of a ***** in the middle of the city." Going back to the beginning o...

July 22, 2016

86

Lyrics   9

"My breakdown game brought me 8 Mile fame, selling Eminems to him and them", Another scarface on a microphone, it’s a proven formula that works in Hip Hop and it always has, yet nobody might do it better than Pusha. Vivid wordplay with coke references...

July 22, 2016

85

Lyrics   8

"The way you stressin got me blowin indo, outdoor, every time you intro, that's my queue to outro." If Sean is a master of anything it’s being relatively good at everything. Good lyrics, good delivery, good production, good visuals, good ever...

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