BY BANDINI • AUGUST 7, 2019
At the top of this week, The Brew Podcast disseminated a ranked “Top 50 Greatest Rappers Of All-Time” list (embedded below) that has since captivated much of social media and the conversations around it. The Cincinnati, Ohio-based podcast dedicated to beer-making elicited some fans raising a glass, while other folks seemed ready to crack a bottle. This discourse was all by design, given the popular evocative “Let’s argue” caption.
While names including Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Chuck D, E-40, Q-Tip, Guru, and GZA were not present, the list rallied for the late Stack Bundles (#42). It also placed one of Stack’s associates, Joe Budden, very close to the top. After putting the now-retired Slaughterhouse co-founder at #3, many folks online quipped that it was Budden who created the list. With 16,000 replies (including condemnation from Chuck, Michael Rapaport, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, and others), The Brew Podcast garnered plenty of commentary from what may be remembered as a viral moment. Various personalities across music have shared their lists, while others have dismissed such ranking.
“I smoke half the ni**as on that list,” Joe Budden said today on his podcast (45:00), then correcting. “And let’s not use the word ‘smoke.’ [It] causes friction, and great MCs can’t be smoked.'” The Jersey City, New Jersey veteran and his co-hosts Rory, Mal, and Parks claim that they will be bringing lists in the days to come,while criticizing multiple high-profile lists for omitting names including Sean Price and MF DOOM.
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