420 Bro wrote:
Yeah I guess, I just don't see his list as being the 'end all' for tiers. Personally, Rakim more than anyone was probably the first virtuoso MC and freestyler, and it radically changed hip-hop more than some band that fused it with rock. Public Enemy did that better later. And N.W.A. weren't the first gangster rappers (BDP, Schooly D), but they were the most revolutionary and the most insightful perhaps with also the best charisma easily. They're both greater imo, and I think everyone should have a chance to voice why they think who should be above who with a proper list. Then we can get that list together and work out the changes from there.
My suggestion for criteria for your greatness list:
Popularity - Album sales, chart positions
Influence - How an artist changed hip hop musically
Impact - How an artist changed hip hop culturally
Critical Acclaim - How well an artist is received by critics/fans
Skill - Lyrics, beats