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50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987 - 2007)


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50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987 - 2007)

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25. Big Pun
Despite his large frame, Big Pun's fun, fast and feisty rhymes kept him light years ahead of his peers. He was also the first solo Latino rapper to go platinum. How's that for industry impact?
Best Album: Capital Punishment Compare Prices

24. Mos Def
Before he caught an acting bug, Mos Def made an indelible impression on hip-hop with lyrics so neat they made your parents boogie.
Best Album: Black on Both Sides Compare Prices

23. Big L
Gunned down at the age of 24 on February 15, 1999, the rest of Big L's talent followed him to the grave. But he left us with enough material to know that he was one of the most auspicious storytellers in hip-hop history.
Best Album: The Big Picture Compare Prices

22. Masta Ace
As a member of the Juice Crew (along with Marley Marl, MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, and Craig G), Masta Ace garnered notoriety as an unsung hip-hop vet. Still, his witty wordplay and lyrical influence earned him a spot among the greats.
Best Album: Disposable Arts Compare Prices

21. Pharoahe Monch
Through his panoramic vision and jarring imageries, Pharoahe Monch garnered a reputation as one of alt-hip-hop's eminent lyricists.
Best Album: Internal Affairs Compare Prices

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