A street-wise lyricist, Jadakiss has maintained a startling level of consistency since the days of L-O-X. Aside from his raspy flow and his ability to dismantle anyone on a track, Jada is also famous for threatening to throw a refrigerator at Diddy over a publishing dispute.
Essential: Kiss of Death
49. Del the Funky Homosapien
Ice Cube's crazy cousin can, in one breath, treat a delirious sci-fi scene and then spring into the battle-rap side of his brain in the next. Del's ability to shape-shift through different personas made him an underground-rap hero in the 90s/early 00s.
Essential: Deltron 3030
Before the G-Unit tattoos, before the Jay Z battle, before the Havoc feud, Prodigy was a pivotal player in east coast rap. P and his partner in rhyme Hav brought dun talk to Queensbridge. Outside the Mobb, Prodigy went on to establish himself as a solo force. He teamed up with producer Alchemist on 2007's Return of the Mac and 2013's Albert Einstein.
Essential: The Infamous (w/ Mobb Deep)
47. Gift of Gab
Gift of Gab's flow is swift as ice. His poetics are audio tattoos. Though Gift and Blackalicious comrade Chief Xcel never strayed far enough from their recipe to line up their walls with plaques, their body of work won the hearts of fans and critics from coast to coast.
46. Bun B
Bun, the mic minister of UGK, emits charm and charisma on wax and in person. Bun's technique, leadership and cultural impact earned him the respect of peers and fans alike. The 5 mic winning Trill OG showed he can still hang with the best of 'em.
Essential: Ridin' Dirty (w/ UGK)