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50 Greatest MCs of All Time

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The 50 Greatest MCs of All Time
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Who's the greatest MC of all time? What does that title really mean? What does it take to become the greatest rapper ever? Times change. Skills fade. New greats emerge; old ones decline. How do you crown one MC the best when there are so many great emcees still working? I don't know. What I do know is that the following 50 emcees have done everything it takes to make a play for the throne.

To keep this as fair and thorough as possible I've established some ground rules. Please read the rules before you peruse the list.

To be eligible, artists must:

  • be active for a minimum of 10 years
  • have released a minimum of 2 albums

Artists were evaluated in the following categories:

  • originality
  • longevity
  • lyrics
  • cultural impact
  • flavor
  • battle skills
  • body of work
  • poetic value
  • substance
  • versatility
  • vocal presence
  • live performance
  • flow
  • delivery
  • influence
  • and more

Here are the 50 greatest rappers of all time.

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