JAY-Z Named Greatest Rapper Of All Time
Written by Rika C on February 9, 2023
Billboard and Vibe are jointly stirring up some debates as they name JAY-Z the greatest rapper of all time, while listing off their “Top 50” for Hip-Hop’s 50th Anniversary.
A group of staffers at Billboard published the article, in partnership with Vibe, on Wednesday (February 8), and the top 5 rappers are listed in this order: 5) Eminem; 4) Tupac Shakur; 3) Nas; 2) Kendrick Lamar; 1) JAY-Z.
While naming HOV the GOAT, the publication fired off a list of accomplishments that JAY, born Shawn Carter, has obtained, like being the first rapper to ever be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
They also noted that the Brooklyn rapper has earned 14 Billboard 200 No. 1 albums (the most amongst solo acts); has earned over 140 million records sold; and has collected 24 Grammys.
They also applauded JAY for co-founding Roc-A-Fella Records; launching Roc Nation (for music and sports), plus D’usse and Armand de Brignac; and running Hip-Hop’s legendary Def Jam Records as president.
While there, he notably helped mentor Rihanna, and guided both her and Kanye West to billionaire status.