Snoop Dogg Blasts Billboard’s “10 Greatest Rappers Of All Time” List

(AllHipHop News) Once again a media outlet’s top artist list has sparked a serious online debate. This time it was Billboard’s “10 Greatest Rappers Of All Time.”

[ALSO READ: Eminem, Usher, Jay Z, Beyonce & Nelly Make Billboard’s “Greatest Of All Time” Lists]

The long-running music publication ranked the top ten G.O.A.T. emcees as follows:

10. Lil Wayne
9. Kendrick Lamar
8. Ghostface Killah
7. Lauryn Hill
6. Andre 3000
5. Nas
4. Rakim
3. Eminem
2. Jay Z
1. The Notorious B.I.G.

Billboard provided the following explanation for why the selections were chosen:

Diehard fans, music nerds and critics love lists. But in rap, rankings like this take on a special level of import: aside from moving a crowd (shouts to Rakim), MC means proving you’re the best. In no other genre do artists so blatantly express their desire to outdo competition. That made Billboard’s editorial list a more high-stakes undertaking than usual. Many favorites — Kane, Drake, KRS — didn’t make it, and each of those omissions hurts deep down. Note: we’re ranking these folks as MCs, not artists. That’s why Dr. Dre and Kanye West, for example, two legendary producer-rappers who don’t match the mic skills of those listed here, were left out. Even Tupac, perhaps the most influential rapper ever globally, is arguably known more for great songwriting than dominant bars.

It seems that description was not enough to satisfy rap legend Snoop Dogg. The West Coast representative took to Instagram to blast the list. But not because Billboard omitted his name. Uncle Snoop took issue with his “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” rhyme partner 2Pac being snubbed.



Roc Nation spitter Jay Electronica offered a different take on Billboard‘s G.O.A.T emcees. Instead of outright chastising the publication, Jay E decided to share the article’s two authors (Steven J. Horowitz and Alex Gale) with his Twitter followers.


Who do you consider the 10 Greatest Rappers Of All Time? Share your list in the comment section below.

  • And there goes the conversation they started on purpose….they know better…half of that list is done like that on purpose to rile up the hip-hop fans

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  • 10ASTAR

    Biggie aint 1 he hasn’t done enough in my opinion to be one datz a slap in da face

    • Larry Sandwiches

      Love Biggie, but I agree. Life After Death has ALOT of bullsh!t on it. And I still love Life After Death, it’s just very dated with that 90’s Puff Daddy asthetic.

    • Q.

      People are afraid to criticize Big, but he was not a GOAT. He just got MURDERED at his peak of commercial success. No disrespect.

  • disqus_wP9qaQP4Hv

    ain’t it funny how dude to the right has on a bandana on his head right…. Tupac influenced or started that shit or popularised it.

  • psgforlife67

    nas, biggie, rakim, jay-z, big pun, big l, andre 3000, lauryn hill, ghostface, az

  • THE.

    That pic jay eletronica posted sums it all.

  • The Wackness Vs Dope

    Blu is better then kendrick on the low

    • Q.

      “Underground” vs mainstream…the eternal battle.

      • The Wackness Vs Dope

        like the Godlee Barnes vs to pimp a butterfly easily the Godlee Barnes even in that shitty recording master

  • The Wackness Vs Dope

    Raekwon is better then ghostface on the low

    • Larry Sandwiches

      Ghost has that consistancy tho. But I agree with you. Love’em both.

      • The Wackness Vs Dope

        canal st alone

  • The Wackness Vs Dope

    common is better then rakim on the low your measuring impact



  • The Wackness Vs Dope

    on impact rakim yes

  • JamalFromGhostwriter

    Biggie, Tupac, Nas, Jay-Z, Big L, Big Pun, Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kanye West

    • therealjjohnson

      Big L? All time? Come on now…he wasn’t THAT good.

      • JamalFromGhostwriter

        You need to be drug tested.

      • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

        He’s the best of all time at what he did. Overall top ten though ? No. If you’re going to put him in the top ten you’d have to put Jadakiss in there too at least.

      • therealjjohnson

        Riiight. Of all time. All records ever released…top 10 greatest? Nah son. You can’t really believe that.

    • Kanye West?? One of the best rappers.. lol you’re joking right? Producer maybe but he is below average rappers with amazing beats

  • True_Fan

    All I want to say is that Eminem is the most overrated rapper of all time. He could spit, but his content focused on raping or killing his mom or girlfriend and slim shady was the freaking worst.

    • ancientGOD83

      bro I cant stand him…aint said nothing to better the people…. if a brotha came out talking bout getting beat up, and raping his baby momma, killing his mom…. al Sharpton, and every sell out knee grow would put him out of business… OVER RATED as hell mane… a brotha told me “em is the greatest ” I responded “rap a 16 of his ” he couldn’t….I said rap “dear mama” convo was over right then…wish I could give you 1 mill upvotes

    • Q.

      Eminem is no doubt a lyrical beast. But he’s really a glorified underground rapper. If he was Black he would be a cliff note. The industry typically doesn’t reward skills first.

  • Obi Won

    Even though I’m a fan, Kendrick Lamar? No way

  • TheAfroRican

    Big Pun and Common should have been on the list.

    • therealjjohnson


  • SoulFul Epic

    2Pac and Big Daddy Kane need to be on that list

  • Mrs. Davis804

    This is why I cannot with the lists anymore.

    • Executive

      Cannot what?

      • Mrs. Davis804

        They aren’t authentic anymore, and it makes them feel watered down to me. If you are being pushed out of something, why give them ammo to keep pushing, dividing, and peeling away. Its time to focus on content, creativity, and innovation.

  • Executive

    Anything about rap and written by a white person should never be taken seriously.

    • NotTomFromMySpace


    • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

      Go f*** your mother. I’ve been listening to hip hop for 23 years and I could fill a book with what you don’t know about it, idiot.

      • CE”O”

        And that explains why u have 2pac at #5 smh everything Pac said in his raps u can vision and relate but u being from another ethnicity explains why u have Em ranked higher cause u can relate to the shit he spits not takin nuthin from Em he can slide in top 5 but def not top 3

        4. T-NAS Rakim

      • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

        I wouldn’t argue against anyone who has Pac number 1. And you have a good point.

  • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

    1. Nas
    2T Jay Z
    2T Eminem
    4. Notorious B.I.G.
    5. 2pac
    6. Rakim
    7. Ice Cube
    8. Lil Wayne
    9. Scarface
    10. Joey Badass

    • Larry Sandwiches

      Gotta put somethin WU on there!

      • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

        I love Wu. But if I put someone on there it be Rae or Ghost and who would I take off ? Could be Wayne but i’m trying to be all non bias and shit. lol

      • Larry Sandwiches

        Wayne would be my pick to replace either one them with too

  • NotTomFromMySpace

    Alex Gale was cool but Steven (on right) is a snobby ass wipe


    I was mad at first but thats the beauty of timeless music and not trendy music everybody would have a different list and thats ok we are all different and like different things

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  • Anjali Joti

    LiL Wayne on the list really? Maybe on the top ten of great movie characters like gremlins!

  • MrNoName2K

    Not surprised.. not in the least bit.. thus I leave em with the 2 most humbling words “f*ck yall”

  • Watever

    I like Kendrick but it’s way too early to start talking about him being one of the GOATs. And Wayne is no where near the best emcee, but you can’t deny he made an impact on the game (for better or worse). He’ll be in the history books for sure.

    • Larry Sandwiches

      Wayne made the modern “mixtape” cool, thats all. I agree with you, neither him nor Kendrick belong. I do like Kendrick sometimes tho.

  • Ispeakthetruth4300

    2.Jay Z
    7.Wu tang as one person
    8.Andre 3000

    • Larry Sandwiches


    • Isa Ibn Maryam

      1. Nas
      2. Rakim
      3. Pac
      4. Biggie
      5. Scarface
      6. Prodigy
      7. Royce da 5’9
      8. Jadakiss
      9. Eminem
      10. Ghosts Face

  • Big_Chill

    It’s all subjective, I never put any validity into white folks think about black culture, that being said to omit Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube (who had 4 straight classic albums imo), and Scarface tells me you don’t know shit about hip hop and how influential those three artist are.

    • Larry Sandwiches

      ….but the list wasnt about the “Most Influential”

      • Q.

        Influence is part of being “great.”

      • Larry Sandwiches

        I get it, but it just wasnt a factor that went into this list. The list is all over the place.

      • Q.

        That’s the problem. If these publications actually laid out criteria for their lists, they would look more credible. At least we would know their thought process.

      • Larry Sandwiches

        True, true. I just like lists man. I mean, f–k that list, but i like the conversation it starts.

  • ancientGOD83

    funny how they always create top 10 list for BLACK created music….. its a raw deal because you leave out so many greats…more respectful to say “my favorite list” the the “greatest list” over 50 rappers that can make that list…quit letting these vultures pin us against each other….either its “top rappers ever” or “south vs east vs west vs midwest’ always a new way to divide and create a bs controversy that takes away the simple fact that you can put black people in a box…too many creative people out here…but they try and succeed….

    • Larry Sandwiches

      Man, lists get created for EVERYTHING. Movies, music, TV….Sh!t, MAXIM used to do a list of the hottest women every year.

      You can look at it as “dividing”, or you can look at it as it sparks conversation about hip-hop amongst hip-hop heads and have a good time with it.

      • ancientGOD83

        its bs too me…because some how a non black artist is always number 1….or the fav corporate sponsored artists…never the “hood fav” you leave scarface, dmx, bone thugs, twista, 2pac, guru, black thought, early busta, q tip (atcq), bun b, kurupt, so many…. early 80 creators….run dmc, ll cool j, slick rick, ice cube, chuckd , big boi of outkast, cee lo, come on bro those lists are an insult… they leave out so many then add the elvis to it….always inserting themselves in our art….aint no brotha even listening to em right now to better himself as a man, yet he Is 85% number 1….. wack to me

      • Larry Sandwiches

        Im with you, im with you.

        People forget about Twista.

      • Q.

        Twista = Former Guiness Book world record holder. Speed flow + superior rhyme skill.

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  • anthonycokepresident

    Nigga put gostface on there but Pac left out this shit is all wrong what Kendrick Lamar doin on the list

    • Larry Sandwiches


  • quincy jones

    I was mad a hell until I saw who made the list culture vultures

  • K8 Marketing

    Although I’m not really a fan, how could they leave off LL Cool J? What better person from that 80’s era that wanted to be the best and would crush his competition?

  • Larry Sandwiches

    My Top 10, no order:


    • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

      Prodigy 95-99

      • Larry Sandwiches


    • WeakSauce

      I would had never thought anyone would put Talib on that list, KUDOS!!!!

      • Larry Sandwiches

        His new sh!t with 9th Wonder is real nice. ‘Indie 500’. And ‘F–k the Money’…he’s havin a crazy 2015, but aint nobody listenin!!!!

      • WeakSauce

        I like that whole new F the money CD, all except one or two tracks. Other then that, Talib that dude!

    • MsApollonia26

      Okay,I FEEL YA!

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  • WeakSauce

    I new it was a BS list once I seen Kdot on it. He good but he doesn’t have that resume like the greats!

  • Markus

    Jay-Z, Nas,Biggie and Rakim are the only MCs that definitely should make everyone’s list from here. Kendrick may be on deck but he’s not an all time MC. 3000,Lauryn, Ghostface and Eminem are in their own ways original and may deserve honorable mention. And Wayne in my opinion isn’t in the vicinity of real MCs like Kane or Krs-One who aren’t even mentioned. So the so called experts got this wrong. Big time.

    • Q.

      I’m not mad at Lauryn being on anybody’s GOAT list. Even off one solo album, in terms of lyrical skill, cultural impact, substance, songwriting ability, mass influence, and even commercial success, she gets high marks across the board. People only sh!t on her now because she took a hiatus and came back to the industry with an attitude. If she had “played the game,” she would’ve kept ruling.

  • Q.

    If things keep going like it is, in 2030 the GOAT MC list will look something like:

    1. Eminem
    2. Macklemore
    3. Mac Miller
    4. MGK
    5. Drake
    6. Miley Cyrus
    7. Justin Bieber
    8. Iggy Azalea
    9. Action Bronson
    10. Jay-Z

    • Larry Sandwiches

      Haha! Thats a great list.

      Yo Q, what’s your Top 10 list?

      • Q.

        This is tough. When I grade an MC, I have to put lyrical skill + substance + consistency, FIRST. Great emcees are highly-respected by their peers and/or battle-tested. As artists, I would factor in style + originality + songwriting ability. Popularity and commercial dominance are not my main grading sticks, but when you talk about GOATS, you have to take cultural impact + mass influence into account too. Certain emcees would make my list for one criterion, but not others. For example, 2Pac would NEVER make my Top MC list based on skill, but I think he has to make the GOAT list because of his social impact + cultural relevancy. With that being said, “Greatest” doesn’t necessarily equal “Best.” …So if I’m completely honest, I might go wtih:

        (in no particular order)
        1. LL Cool J
        2. KRS-One
        3. Ice Cube
        4. Rakim
        5. 2pac
        6. Nas
        7. Jay-Z
        8. Lauryn Hill
        9. Eminem
        10. Common

      • Larry Sandwiches

        Thanks for the breakdown. I agree with everything you said. I do think Pac had great skill tho along with the other atteibutes you mentioned. Its hard to find a word out of place in any of his songs. He was pretty meticulous with his word play, but I know what youre sayin too.

        Also, great list. I was never a Cube fan, but back in ’00 i went to ‘Up In Smoke’ when they came to NJ, and Cube to this day is still the greatest performance ive ever seen live.

      • Q.

        2Pac definitely wasn’t wack–he could ride the hell out of a beat. But there are so many more technically skilled rhymers I’ve heard who can do the same. Pac scores high in other areas though, like flow, delivery, voice, and even charisma.
        It’s hard not to be biased with these lists, because we relate to what we know. I’m sure some people would be mad I didn’t put Scarface on the list, while some would be mad I included Eminem. A top 10 is so constricting. It should be more like a Top 25 to be more fair.
        It’s funny, I can make arguments AGAINST every one of my own picks…except for maybe Nas. Nas is consistently on everyone’s list. He best represents the balance between street respect, culture, and mainstream recognition.
        Ice Cube is a special case. I think post-’93 Ice Cube’s career was wack. But he was at the top of the rap food chain in his prime; he fell off dramatically after he got into the movie biz, and never regained that firepower that he had early in his solo career. But his first few solo projects were powerful, so he makes my all-time list.


        I AGREE…LL COOL J waz before DRAKE with the love songs….#RADIO 30…..#ROCK THE BELLS…#HEY LOVER…etc…

      • I love this list and your input as to why you would list these rappers the way you did. Would you be open to penning a top 10 list for our site. You can even use what you had here, and we pay commission for your post based on views and page impressions. Just let us know. I’m just reaching out. You can hit us on twitter @theurbantwist. Or info [at] our username.

      • Q.

        I’ll mail you.

      • Cool!

    • Brindle


    • Trill Cosby

      11. Slim Jesus

      • Q.

        …If he lives long enough to get an album out.

    • Turtlehead

      No vanilla ice? This list is wack!! Word to your mother!!! Dun dun dun dundundundun!!

      • Q.

        Vanilla Ice has been a running joke for 25 years already. We have whole new crop of jokes to deal with in 2015.

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    • Young Tan

      No Nicki??? 🙁 😉

  • Melvin Baby Boy

    I knew this list was a Caucasian’s persuasion when I seen M & M @ #3 over Nas & Rakim.

    • Dan Tebasco

      I was surprised to not see him at number one in all honesty… I do like that Rakim is actually on there though and Andre 3000… Seen worse lists

  • Brindle


  • Gonja

    Tupac > Billboard’s “10 Greatest Rappers Of All Time”

    • greeneyedbandit


  • Kamal the 1st

    Jay Z
    Wayne (I don’t even like this dude but his body of work and influence is impressive)


    WOW….that list ends a crazy azz year in HIP HOP….RIP TUPAC 20..2016!…..#HELL 4 A HUSTLER


    the thing that hurts BIGGIE SMALLS legacy…….one rapper…RICK ROSS..his remake of..#YOU’RE NOBODY TIL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU though..and #TUPAC BACK with MEEK MILLY…LOL……just WOW!…

  • Brandon Pitts

    No lauryn no Ghostface Please…. O yeah no Andre. You need at least one solo album sir

    • JoeBlowME

      WHy do you need a solo album? Plus Andre had one of biggest selling solo albums of all time (The Love Below)

      • Brandon Pitts

        Yeah that was a nice outkast album, but its known that anyone to be taken seriously need a solo effort. Something of a body of work. The love below really wasn’t that much of a classic. Not saying he’s bad just saying he isn’t in my list compared to others who are left out like LLcoolJ 2 pac and others who have really changed culture as well.

  • They did in on purpose tho, get people talking and making they own lists….it worked

  • Cuzo318

    1 makaveli
    2 biggie
    3 nas
    4 eminem
    5 scarface
    6 jay z
    7 rakim
    8 krs
    9 cube
    10 raekwon

  • Zorino

    1. 2pac, the greatest rapper of all time.

    • ImOpining

      They forgot Snoop also.

  • Rodney Savoy

    In no particular order.
    Jay Z
    Styles P.

  • Physical Evidence

    Each person has their own opinion. Hip-Hop has always been base on opinions. Snoop calling out somebody for the fact that they don’t put an artist he thinks should be number one on the list. Is really stupid. Cause everyone has their own opinion. I mean my top spot for emcees would be as follows:
    3.)Big L
    4.)Kool G Rap
    5.)Slick Rick
    Just cause 2pac isn’t in that listen doesn’t mean I don’t mean I think he weak. I just think lyrically these emcees fire. Some people just think that if you don’t put 2pac in your top 5 you don’t know Hip-Hop, but then again didn’t Snoop and Izza get into it?

    • Roy

      Your top 5 is horrific! How in the hell can an artist with 4 albums be the best of all time???

      • JoeBlowME

        And Big L only really had 2 albums

  • 1-8)Dylon 9) Rakim 10) Nas.

  • bklyn representa

    pac was what you would call a relatable rapper you could relate to his stories but at that time lyricism was the thing at that time and as influential as he is to this generation he was very basic in rhyming and as somebody that was a teenager in the 90s they where way doper emcees than pac

    • Gary Jefferies

      Only a up north nigga would say some dumb shit like this

      • bklyn representa

        no sir I never spent a day in jail or prison in my 30 something years of life I bet you can’t say the same LOL I know your probably in your 20s and look at pac like most of your generation as some kind of mythical dragon pac was very basic that’s why he is not on that list he was a good relatable storyteller was he a great lyricist no he was not

  • jeffrey Jones

    Andre 3000?? Lauryn hill??? LMFAO

    • JoeBlowME

      If you laugh Andre 3000 being on this list, then you dont know about hip-hop music PERIOD

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  • Mack

    Malibu’s Most Wanted twins wrote that list, so not much to be surprised by here.

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  • PillCosby

    Pac had plenty of bars. GTFOH Billboard.