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50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987 - 2007)

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50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987 - 2007)

Del the Funky Homosapien

Criteria for Selection
The following MCs were chosen mainly for their lyrical ability. The list does not reflect sales or mainstream success. Artists were evaluated on a 25-point scale based on but not: originality, longevity, lyricism, social impact, flavor, battle skills, consistency, charisma, poetic value, substance, versatility, vocal presence, live performance, flow and delivery, among other factors.

Eligibility:
To be eligible, artists must have:

  • a) attained a longevity time frame of 7 years or more
  • b) i) released 2 solo albums or ii)1 solo album and 2 group albums or iii) 4 group albums
  • c) been musically active between 1987 and 2007

50. Del the Funky Homosapien
Innovative and creative, Del made his mark as a key member of the Hieroglyphics crew and as a successful solo artist. The best part: he did without riding his cousin (Ice Cube)'s coattail.
Best Album: I Wish My Brother George Was HereCompare Prices

49. Bun B
Bun, the pinnacle of UGK, oozes charisma and charm on the mic. His versatility has earned him the respect of peers and fans alike.
Best Album: Ridin' Dirty (w/ UGK) Compare Prices

48. Gift of Gab
As one half of the illustrious hip-hop duo Blackalicious, Gift of Gab garnered a religious following with his lyrics of fury.
Best Album: 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up Compare Prices

47. Prodigy
As Mobb Deep's lead-MC, P's knack for ear-grabbing lyrics earned him a rep as one of the most memorable MCs of the mid-90s. That was before the G-Unit tattoos.
Best Album: The Infamous (w/ Mobb Deep) Compare Prices

46. Chino XL
Though more likely to be mentioned among the most underrated than among the greatest, Chino XL is one of the smartest lyricists hip-hop has ever had. His blend of sharp wit and self-deprecating humor always makes for a delightful listening experience.
Best Album: Here to Save You All Compare Prices

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