Nas Says Hip Hop Is Too Young To Name A "Greatest Of All Time" Do You Agree? If Not Who Is #1 On Your List? [Video + Poll]

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Probably the greatest debate among hip hop heads is who the greatest mc of all time is. If you polled 100 people I would bet 90% of them could name a greatest rapper in their mind.

One rapper who would definitely get top 5 dead or alive consideration is Nas. He feels like rap hasn't been around long enough to definitively name one the greatest.

"Somebody asked me who was the greatest mc of all time. And I think it's too premature, it doesn't make any sense," Nas said. "Like when you ask most singers who do they like, who were they inspired by. They might not say Usher, they might not say Trey Songz, they might not say Justin Timberlake. They might say Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder because they had the opportunity to look at these guys' whole body of work. And even if I say [LL] Cool J was the greatest of all time, no doubt he's the greatest. But when you put that title on yourself, it's almost like burying yourself."

What Nas says makes sense in a way, but I think based on what we have seen throughout rap's history, it's possible to choose a rapper who is the greatest of all time. At least until now.

What do you guys think? Do you have a # 1 above all choice? If so, who is it?

I could only fit 9 choices on the poll. Names like DMX, KRS 1 and Big Pun would have been added, if I had the room.

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Comment by Helmet Veshdon on March 16, 2011 at 12:56pm
It doesn't matter how long hip hop has been around, there can still be a greatest of all time. Like in full tilt poker online, just cause you lose a few hands doesn't mean you are going to lose the game. Besides, what authority does Nas have to say this anyway?
Comment by hustlemandem on October 28, 2010 at 10:47am
ye i aggreee well said nas
Comment by Ray on October 27, 2010 at 10:08am
well said
Comment by FRANC YOURO on October 26, 2010 at 1:10am
every one that made it and that made an impact in hip hop culture deserves to be called a great specially if he really did it cause of the love of the culture and the love of the art and we all know who they are....sooo that picture up there with all those faces every year or 2 we could add on a face and that pic is gonna be so big and so united like years down the road we ll look at all those rappers on that picture and be like god damn that was the greatest time with the greatest rappers all in one BIG PICTURE hip hop is a culture befor anything else
Comment by bo jangels on October 26, 2010 at 12:58am
Comment by CRA*Christopher*FTY on October 25, 2010 at 12:46pm
On any given day, if i had to choose only 5-6 rappers to listen to, it would be 50, Pac, Biggie, NWA, Em, and Nas.
Comment by Sayog Soodeyal on October 25, 2010 at 7:17am
1. PAC
2. Biggie
3. Jay Z
4. Em
5. Still open to the current rappers out there, thats the only spot left.
Comment by Ttruest on October 25, 2010 at 12:04am
Im not choosing for everyone but im saying wat i believe. not goin by lyrical or best album goin by most truest strongest best work impact best songs an who kept it real
2.50 Cent
4.Big L
6.Immortal Technique
7.Ice Cube
9.Big Pun
Comment by Rudeboyroc45 on October 24, 2010 at 2:45pm
this s*** can go on long after we are gone how do you judge this ?record sales may be the only way cause if you go by lyrical skills evry 1 spit fire only way to judge is get all these n***** in a room and battle ! judge the dead 1s on what they did when they was here!My opinion!Early!!
Comment by Big Paul on October 24, 2010 at 1:00pm

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