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Rap is a music genre that has evolved over time into one of the most popular forms of music the world over. And to excel at the rap game requires style, a way with words and lyrics, verbal gymnastics, ability to entertain, and many other skills. So who has the best rap game? Who has done the most for the craft? Who has had the biggest impact on our hearts and minds?

Rakim is the best rapper Show more Show less

Rising through the ranks of rap music during the "Golden Age of Hip-Hop", Rakim emerged as rap powerhouse with a distinctive style and laid-back flow. His lyrical superiority set him miles ahead of other hip-hop heavyweights of the time such as Run DMC.
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Rakim was the first great rapper

Rakim broke new ground in the golden age of hip hop with his unique style and flow. Other artists borrowed and developed this style for the next two decades.
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Rakim was only 18 when he began his rap career, making his achievements even more astounding. He chose to focus on the lyrical quality of his songs, which made his art timeless. His music has influenced rappers for over two decades. His influence on other artists makes Rakim the greatest rapper of all time, because without him the styles of J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, and NAS would be completely different.[1] Rakim also has an incredible talent for crafting metaphors and flow. The way he delivers his lyrics is natural and at times he is able to rhyme words in the middle and at the end of lines.[2] For these reasons, he is the greatest rapper of all time.

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While Rakim is one of the most influential rap artists of all time, this does not make him the best artist of all time. Rather, by providing future rappers with a template to follow, Rakim ensured that the rap genre would evolve and that other rappers could use this template to become better than Rakim himself.

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References

  1. https://medium.com/@rayala4435/rakim-is-the-greatest-rapper-in-hip-hop-history-9ea35097d109
  2. https://hiphopgoldenage.com/legends-rakim/

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