Jay Z topped the Billboard‘s list of ’50 Greatest Rappers Of All Time,’ that was released on Wednesday in honor of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary.
The publication mentioned the highlights of Jay Z’s career alongside his numerous accolades.
Billboard wrote, “Beyonce Knowles-Carter’s husband has succeeded in every era, spitting regal-scented rhymes that speak to the struggle, and to the opulence that follows an intensely self-made greatness. Maybe there are other rappers who could claim to match Jay at his peak. But there are simply none who can match his entire career — his longevity, the breadth of his accomplishments, and what he’s meant to hip-hop from a musical, cultural and financial standpoint for the last three decades.”
Jay Z has sold over 140 million records worldwide, won 24 Grammys and sent 14 albums to #1 on Billboard 200.
In 2019, Jay became the first hip-hop artist ever to achieve billionaire status.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar came at number 2, just behind Jay Z.
The publication wrote about Lamar, “His enduring combination of lyrical prowess, classic albums and envelope-pushing evolution continue to support the widely held consensus that he’s the best rapper of his generation.”
Other stars who have made it to the top 10 include, Nas, Tupac, Eminem, The Notorious B.I.G, Lil Wayne, Drake, Snopp Dogg and Nicki Minaj.
Nicki Minaj named the greatest female rapper of all time!
Nicki Minaj was ranked 10th in the list, making her the only female rapper in the top 10 and hence becoming the highest ranked female hip-hop artist of all time.
Billboard wrote about the ‘Super Bass’ rapper, “She’s undeniably blazed the trail for the next generation of female MCs, while at the same time, building a legacy whose impact is hardly limited to the hip-hop world. Nicki is one of only a dozen artists to have more than 100 Billboard Hot 100 entries, and earned the MTV Video Vanguard Award in 2022 for her provocative music videos.”